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solentlife
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:29 pm
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Now you can toddle of to a LHS ... buy online .... and spend those hard earned pennies, with helis it's not pennies though !!

Ok - so you have Deans / XT60's, Bullets etc. etc. to solder up. Like me - you may have a small modellers vice you use to trap the connector in and then solder up.

BUT a nifty trick is a solder plug station.

A piece of nice wood all polished and gleaming that was going to be some ornamental part in the house ... Fit your plugs / sockets / bullets to it so they are raised and males, females ... these are permanent to the block.

You now have a station with all the required connectors fixed to it that you can now plug your connector to be soldered to ... solder away without worry that you will distort or damage the soldered plug. It also is portable that you can set down anywhere instead of having to use the vice.

Cost ? We all have a bit of wood .. and spare connectors ... so peanuts.

When I've made mine I shall post a photo ... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:57 pm
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Simple but actually rather brilliant ,then are not all good solutions simple ? Well done.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:56 am
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Looks like an update of my post here. It was just an idea then - I had the holes for the connectors but didn't mention it or the hole to take the prop balancer stand.

Glad to see this development coming along.

Tom.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:36 am
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Great idea to put it into a block of wood. I have always "mated" the male/females together to have the non soldering end as a place to grab with my "third hand" (alligator clips on a swivel base) but his may be even better if a little thought is given to the angle the holes are drilled to. I have seldom liked to solder at the verticle...much prefer a slight angle.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:16 am
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The hole in the wood is great Dave. Helps hold the heat and give a really good joint as well as holding the connector.

I do try not to connect the males & females together until after the soldering ceremony!!! Shocked

Tom.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:40 am
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Oh come on now Tom....you can't be that old and stogy! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:39 pm
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Sorry if I nicked an old idea ! I actually saw a pop-up advert on a site that had one commercially and I thought - that's a good idea but the price was typically crazy !

I wasn't thinking so much of holes in the wood ... but actually the permanent plugs / sockets on posts or really stiff wire that can be bent to angle that is comfortable to work.
ou could even in fact have posts / stand-offs that 'plug' into the block for what ever solder job you're doing at that time.

I agree about the vertical ... I find it annoying in the vice that I have to crook my wrist to solder like that .....
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:52 pm
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ferretmaster wrote:
Oh come on now Tom....you can't be that old and stogy! Wink


Like the twist there Dave.
However, none of us are getting any younger, but I'm still trying not to degenerate too much! Cool

Tom.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:05 pm
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Whats that saying ?

Old fishermen never die .... they just smell that way ?

We're all getting older .... just some of us never grow up ! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:02 pm
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solentlife wrote:
We're all getting older .... just some of us never grow up ! Wink


Oh......now that's a good one!!

Also see my comments under my avatar.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:34 am
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ferretmaster wrote:
. . . see my comments under my avatar.


You're just a youngster yet Dave, just think, when I was flying my models back in 1946~50, what would I have thought of you as a modeller? Just a little respect for us oldies please, we're not drongos yet!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:22 am
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[quote="tombo242] You're just a youngster yet Dave, just think, when I was flying my models back in 1946~50, what would I have thought of you as a modeller? Just a little respect for us oldies please, we're not drongos yet!

Tom.[/quote]
The only thing I was modeling in 1947~50 was diapers. My mom said I was a bear to potty train!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:49 am
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The only thing I was modeling in 1947~50 was diapers. My mom said I was a bear to potty train!


Somehow Dave, I can see you striding forth in your nappy (diaper). Must have been an impressive sight.

Your posts' will never be the same again!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:42 pm
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this reminds of my mate in UK ... his boat is called :

PAMPERED

Yes - he gets a lot of sh** for that one !! Wink Wink Wink
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Sounds like a bit of a drag there Solentlife! Shocked Tricky keeping 'em on I would think.

Tom.
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