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Hello all

first post so be gentle. I searched the archives but can't find anything that is relevant.

I want to try my first mod. of a Hot Wheels Enzo into a Maserati MC12. (yes, I know, far too ambitious no doubt!) I have experience in other modelling fields but the main task is I will need to change/add bodywork.

Plastic sheet I think would be a bad idea so I did want to use brass sheet. I wanted to silver solder onto the Enzo body but will the alloy casting melt before the brass gets warm enough??? has anyone any experience with this?

If it does melt what should I use? from my past experience I know 'super' glues are very good on metals?

thanks a lot for any help :confused
 

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:welcome aboard Briso! Sorry I can't help you as that is beyond my capabilities, but that question is right up the alley of a couple of members.
Good luck!
 

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:welcome aboard, briso! :cheers
Hope you like our little asylum. Many great people with lots of info and tips.

But about your problem. I may be wrong, since I never done it, but I have the distinct impression that you won't be able to weld zamac, even if you use silver solder. What everybody does when there is need to add body parts is making the part out of putty (like Durepoxi) or making the piece in plastic or resin and then superglue it to the metal. Usually the results come out very good and with a good paint job over the service you can't say that it's not an "original" part. The best part is that this technique is fairly easy to do, and if you have some modelling experience it won't be much of a problem. What is paramount is that you 1st get as many pics as you can of the real thing, and then you start to figure out how you will do it.
 

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WC aboard briso. Nice member no. you got urself. I think the method luw suggested is the best way to go. Different diecast metal may have different melting points. It is not always necessary that brass should weld well to zamac. Plastic is easier to remove if you go wrong somewhere. Trying to desolder metal from metal can be a real pain in the neck should things not go as planned.
Anyways, all the best for your projects. Hope you find the best way out. We are all looking forward to your maserati now. :cheers
 

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Oh yeah, Winston said something really important. Since zamac is an alloy, and there's no universal formula for it regarding the quantities of each component, you could do a good solder in one model and even if you do it exactly like you did it before, with another model it comes out crappy. Go with plastic or putty. Easy and simple.
 

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:welcome briso!
I don't have any experience modelling exterior parts. This project though sounds difficult and I sincerely hope you'll be able to finish it, because I'd love to see the result! :danbana I love that Maser :happy
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Thanks for the welcome and information all, I've never posted on such a friendly site before!

Well, I have the Enzo broken into parts so the whole project could not be as hard as it was getting the dashboard out in one piece :lol
 
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Briso,

Welcome aboard and glad to have you :welcome

Hope you enjoy the forums.

I have never weld anything on a diecast before. What kind of torch are you using for such a small job?
 
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:welcome


This sounds like an extremely challenging project! I wish you the best!! I can't wait to see the end result! :cheers
 
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Hello all and thanks again for the welcome

I have been finding it hard to get good MC12 pictures but I'll include a few comparisons for chups.

DiecastX, I have come from R/C ship and submarine modelling so I used a small 'gas torch' to silver solder, the type which allows different end fittings so the flame is not open all the time, although I have a heavy electric which just about did very thin peices once I run out of gas! mind you the lights in the town used to dim when I used it! :lol
 

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:welcome briso

Your idea is GREAT! I was thinking myself about the same mod - but all possible custom works look really hard!!! Anyway - keep us informed about the process...
 

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wow... you posted a thread that caught the attention of many... even mine! i would like to see what you are trying to do,a nd i'm sure it will be a worth while custom for you! jbvdhp
 
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