Model Scenery Tutorials

Comprenshive Tips. Hints And Techniques For Budget Minded Diorama Maker, Model Train Enthusiast And Wargammer

How To Make Brass I Beams

A tutorial showing how to make brass I beams.

Using the technique in this page.

How To Make Brass I-beams

Scratch building brass models, be they locomotives and rolling stock, or track side accessories requires patience, practice and the right equipment.

Below are videos that show you how to use solder paste in the process of making scale model I-beams.







The first step in making brass I-beams is to get the brass web and flanges cut or sheared in the proper size.

Brass I-beam Gantry
How to shear brass

This video shows the process shearing the web and flanges from .3 mm sheet brass.

If you wish, you can buy pre-cut pieces of brass to use. But being a scratch builder I make my own.





Brass IBeams
Watch Video Showing How To Make IBeams With Solder Paste

Now here is the process itself.

In this video I use a small regulated soldering iron. I prefer to use an unregulated soldering iron with a large head because I can transfer heat faster and make a better weld very quickly.

I used the brass beams that I make to make overhead cranes, loads for my flat cars, gantry cranes and anything else that will use an I-beam.

Please note that the overhead crane that you see in this video is unfinished. I still must add the winch motor and chain and paint it.


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