DETAILS: Etched Ladder Assembly

My blog will cover not only construction of my layout but also ideas on how to improve modeling skills on building rolling stock, structures, vehicles and scenery items as well. 

Etched Ladder Assembly

 

Early MKT double sheathed boxcar showing built-up ladders

Early MKT double sheathed boxcar showing built-up ladders

Building 1/4″ scale kits sometimes requires the modeler to build up a ladder composed of etched brass and wire.   There are a few things you can do to make life easier on yourself.  

The first step in the process is to build an assembly aid.   I use wood to do this.  It is easy to build and will last for a number of soldering operations if you are careful.   I use a small iron but resistance soldering would work just fine.   No torches please unless you have a really good fire insurance.

ladder extended rungs

Simple wood jig using stripwood to hold the stiles in-place.  You will have to drill into the jig to allow the grab iron to drop in.

Simple wood jig using stripwood to hold the stiles in-place. You will have to drill into the jig to allow the grab iron to drop in.

 I have been using phos-bronze wire to form the rungs of the ladder.   It bends nicely and is a bit stronger than brass wire.   Make sure you clean all of your surfaces of oxide prior to inserting them in the jig.  Make sure to use a flux and light touch with the solder.  

two ladder types

 

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5 thoughts on “DETAILS: Etched Ladder Assembly

  1. Charley
    I have used soldering paste for many tasks. My choice for this work is Kestler .015″ diameter Sn66 alloy. I have a large roll of it and use it when it makes sense. The soldering paste is what I prefer with resistance soldering.

    Gene Deimling

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