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Model Building with Brass

Model Building with Brass

Ken Foran

2nd Edition

Available April 2018


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A book that explains various tools and techniques necessary for successfully building models with brass, now in its second edition with a new chapter on shipbuilding. Whether substituting for an existing plastic model kit part or assembly, making a master pattern for casting, or creating a complete scratch-built model, the range of brass fabrication methods and tools used are explained. Readers are exposed to techniques for cutting, forming, fabricating, soldering, and final finishing of commercially available brass stock. Specific chapters focus on the use of various processes and chemicals to assist readers in the creation of very detailed brass models. World master model builder Ken Foran has created a book that modelers of all skill levels will find to be an absorbing and valuable resource for successfully building with brass.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 395 color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354946 | Binding: hard cover


Ken Foran lives in Morro Bay, California, and has a B.F.A. in industrial design. Like many, he built model kits as a youth, and as his skills and desire to go beyond the basic kits evolved, he started scratch building with brass as a substitute material for plastic. Brass afforded greater strength for smaller assemblies, and with soldering brass quicker build times were achieved not having to wait for glue to set. Several of his WWI aircraft have been exhibited at the International Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany; the Model Engineering Show, London, England, and at model engineering shows in the USA. Ken was a guest speaker at the 2016 Nautical Research Guild’s annual conference in San Diego.