I’ve never attempted this kind of work before. Not in styrene, certainly not in brass. I’d look at the work of more experienced builders with envy and admiration but always think that brass was too hard, I didn’t have the right tools and didn’t know how to do things.

However, with each piece that turns out decently, that internal story breaks down and looses strength. I don’t have a lathe, milling machine, or fancy soldering equipment. I just have the usual set of basic hand tools that, so far, have been adequate for the work.

Brass is frustrating at times. Even with an assembly jig, for each piece you see on these car ends, I had to unsolder and reposition it two or more times before I was sure it was accurately placed. It’s slow work for certain but every success brings a satisfaction that’s hard to describe. It’s something you have to experience to truly understand.

Whatever model making entails for you, I hope you’ll stretch beyond your comfort zone and discover the gift of immense satisfaction waiting on the other side.