30th January - 3rd February 2012

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  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 01

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    This is a piece of brass. Darren is going to solder another strip of brass to it so we thought we'd take you through the process.

     

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 02

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    This thinner strip of brass is being prepared. Darren is spreading a vaseline-like paste called flux on the strip.
    The flux helps the solder to flow better making the joint stronger.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 03

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    The strip is placed in position.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 04

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    Darren then cuts the solder wire into small 1mm pieces and places them along the join line.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 05

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    This is a blow torch, gas and oxygen flow down separate hoses and mix in the nozzle.
    It can produce a very hot but very narrow flame.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 06

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    After lighting the main gas flame Darren adjusts the settings.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 07

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    You can see the fine, blue flame. Darren is only using the end of the flame though.
    He needs to get the metal hot to help the solder to flow properly but not too hot as it can cause the metal to warp.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 08

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    The finished joint.
    The solder has flowed around and under the thinner piece and has bonded them with a clean, tough joint.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 09

    PATTERN MAKING - DARREN

    Once it has cooled Darren can start working on the piece.

    I can't tell you what he's making because I've forgotten :o)
    To be fair, I did take this photo over a week ago and I've lost the piece of paper with my notes on.

    Sorry.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 10

    PATTERN MAKING - Mr. P

    This is the master for the LDM 96 - 1958 Aston Martin DB 2-4 Convertible.

    I should've dusted it before taking the photo.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 11

    PATTERN MAKING - Mr. P

    This is a lovely model. The limp on the back of the tonneau is plasticine which Mr. P used to hold the master together. This was just to check that the pieces all fitted.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 12

    PLATING CASTING - NICK

    Nick is clipping short lengths of plated wire to be used as side strips.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 13

    PLATING CASTING - NICK

    Nick is using a length of brass tube as a guage.

    He drops the wire down to the bottom and uses wire clippers to cut it level with the top.

    This ensures that all of the strips are a uniform length.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 14

    SMALL PARTS CASTING - IAN

    These hubs are for an uncoming Lansdowne model.

    Again, I can't tell you which one as I've lost my notes. I can tell you that these spoked wheels are proving very popular with the collectors.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 15

    BYE GEORGE !!!!

    George left us last week :o(

    For some reason he decided to come to work in fancy dress.

    We think he's a meant to be Dave Lee Travis.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 16

    THE BURGER YEARS

    Well, it turns out that he's meant to be Elvis.....

    Can you see it?

    Us neither.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 17

    BROKEBACK BROOKLIN

    Getting him out of the babygrow...I mean jumpsuit was a struggle.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 18

    FINAL ASSEMBLY - MARTYN

    This is the BC 023 - 1934 Buick Series 60 4-door Convertible.

  • Brooklin Models 27th Jan 19

    FINAL ASSEMBLY - MARTYN

    This is all the plating that we have for now, it's looking good with that finely cast windscreen.