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Solder Headers - Kitbash

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1Solder Headers - Kitbash Empty Solder Headers - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:45 pm


let me start by saying i am not very fond of kit headers, i dont think they look right in most cases.

so i make my own from solder

starting with this big block
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i grab a piece of wood and make by exhaust port template by drilling holes in the wood with the same spacing as the engines exhaust ports
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2mm solder is just about right for the diameter of headers in scale
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i cut 8 pieces of solder about 1.5 inches long
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to get them straight, i roll them under a block of wood
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and here is what i am left with
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now i insert my "header tubes" into my wood template
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using a small pair of long tipped needle nose pliers, i start the bending process
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i get them bent in the shape i want them
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now, leaving them in the template, i cut them to length with a dremel and cut off wheel. i do this slowly so they dont heat up too much
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now i flowed a bit of super glue in between the tubes to hold them in place, once they set i pulled the header out of the template
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now i repeat for the other side
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once both sides are cut to length, i grab some shrink tubing ( normally used in electronic connections )
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i cut a piece a bit longer then needed and slide it over the end of the headers
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once you heat up the shrink tubing it starts to ....shrink ( imagine that ) stop heating the upper portion just before it starts getting tight on the headers. you can heat the lower bit a bit more as this will form your collector
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i push in on the sides of the collectors ( the area where we stopped just short of it being tight ) and use a small drop of super glue to hold it in place.

time for a test fit on the block
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added a bit of steel paint to the collectors
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that works for me
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2Solder Headers - Kitbash Empty Re: Solder Headers - Kitbash on Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:11 pm


Thanks Wayne, this will help in a couple of stalled projects.

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