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I need to start doing more than static props. Years ago I did work with solder and need to know what "kit" I should get for starting over. I have a few odds and ends but really need a good soldering iron and any recommendations from you folks. My eye sight is getting worse too so any help there would be great. :rolleyes:

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Bert that is SWEET and just what I was hoping was out there. Would they ave a good soldering system ? I saw something on another thread but can not find it now.
 

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Check Ebay.

You want a temp controlled soldering station. I have a Komec 936. Made in China of course. Weller is a great product but likely you will spend over 100 bucks for one.

Here is a quick video on the unit I have. No I am not the guy with the trains. LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noQNBwypwtY

Here is one that is highly rated by RC folk. RC stuff uses big wire which draws a lot of heat so you need a good iron.

http://shop.nrvhobby.com/trak-power-soldering-station.html

80 bucks though.

You are looking for a 60 watt iron, unless all you are going to do is light board work.
 

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Thanks folks. I had a nice Weller years back. Wish i still did. 60 watt sounds plenty big. I will start looking on line after the holidays, unless Santa brings me one.
 

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This is the best deal I can find. I paid 49.00 for mine 2 years ago.

Keep in mind that in that more is better in this case. nothing worse then cold solder joints that fail on spook night. You can always drop the wattage, but you can't get more than the unit can provide.

http://www.mxmart.com/us/isolder.html
 

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I tried them and they work fine , the address is mpja.com ,and look up soldering equipment.
 

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woodsy, i'm a beginner at soldering so take my advice with a grain of salt. i use this iron: http://www.amazon.com/Weller-SP23L-Marksman-Lighted-Soldering/dp/B00018AR4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384028326&sr=8-1&keywords=sp23l
with this solder: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00068IJPO/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
i solder mostly small things like led's and 16 to 18 gauge lamp cord.

when soldering i melt a small amount of solder onto the tip (tinning) i touch the melted solder onto whatever i'm soldering (this seems to instantly heat up whatever i'm soldering) add a little solder to the part your soldering and that's it. when soldering led's tin the leads, then tin wires. after that touch the tinned wires to the tinned led leads and touch the iron onto the tinned wires this will instantly solder them together.

when soldering heavier wire no need to tin wire, just twist the wire together touch with tinned solder tip and add solder.
 
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