Jeff Lebouthilier demonstrates techniques for working with photo etched parts
Many of us are often intimidated or put off from using photo etched parts as they can be very finicky and sometimes require very specialized tools to get the most out of them. It is easy to see the difference photo etched parts add to a model and how they increase the level of quality and detail tremendously.
Some important lessons from this demonstration were to:
- be sure to wash your photo etch frets before using with rubbing alcohol or acetone before soldering or painting.
- Folding aids such as "The Bug" and "Etch Mate" are great tools to help fold complex parts.
- using LOW TEMPERATURE solder with its matching liquid flux with a soldering iron that has a low temperature setting (or variable temp) is very important. (**Jeff prefers TIX STIX loe temp solder with its matching liquid flux)
- Place the flux onto the photo etch part only in the places you want the solder to go.
- Use a tooth pick or small paint brush (that will only used for the flux) to place the flux.
- touch a small amount of solder to the tip of your soldering iron to "load" the tip and wipe off any excess.
- Using the tip of the loaded soldering iron gently touch the area of the photo etch to be soldered together.
- Use a good primer to give the smooth photo etch parts a "tooth" for your final paint to adhere to.