Photo Etching
with Tubal Cain

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England

150 x 210mm


ISBN 978-1-85486-237-2

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Extract from back cover of book:

Photo etching in the form of electronic equipment printed circuit boards will be familiar to all modellers. Less familiar is the application of those same techniques to precision production of metal parts for all aspects of model making ranging from finely detailed grill work and artillery details to locomotive and traction engine emblems and nameplates.

About the Author - Authors Brian King and Azien Watkin have developed photo etching techniques to a high degree of sophistication to enable Brian to build his Gold Medal winning marine models. The design of items and the production of the high-quality graphics necessary are fully covered as are both home and industry routes to producing the finished items in a variety of metals.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Chapter 1 - Introduction
Basic description of the photo etching process

Chapter 2 - Uses, Advantages and Limitatlons of Photo Etching
Uses for intricate parts, surface details, positional accuracy, hole drilling, laminating, pierced parts, ship's boat parts, appliqud, ladders, guardrails, jigs and fixtures. Limitations of size and intricacy, weight, toxic chemicals, cost.

Chapter 3 - Preparation of Artwork Using the Drawing Board
Positive and negative drawings, scaling drawings, use of stencils, use of coloured lines to denote half etching, instructions to industrial etcher, drawing for home etching.

Chapter 4 - Producing Artwork Using CAD
Computer drawing and design software, snaps, geometric drawing aids, editing tools, measuring tools, line width, drawing for industrial etchers - bracket, ship's wheel, stepped ladder, rubber stamping, rearranging components, producing front and back sheets, electronic transfer to etcher, producing front and back sheets for home etching, using the computer accuracy to fit parts together, storage of components.

Chapter 5 - Component Design
Limitations of process, troubles you may encounter, assembly aids, locations, mock-ups, half etching - fold lines, raised and sunken areas, trompe d'oeil, adding detail, guardrail design and fitting, ways of approaching component design, using the drawing board or CAD and electronic transfer.

Chapter 6 - The Maths Bit
Properties of a circle, triangle, frustum of a cone, true length of a line.

Chapter 7 - Sheet Layout
Border, datum, arranging components, matrix, component identification, assembly drawing, links to matrix.

Chapter 8 - Etching at Home
Toxic chemical warnings, basic requirements, preparation of metal sheet, exposure to UV, development, etching.

Chapter 9 - Industrial Etching
Production of acetates, cleaning metal sheet, laminating with emulsion, exposure to UV, development, etching, finishing.

Chapter 10 - Handling and Assembling Etched Parts
Cutting out components, handling, folding bars, folding blocks, assembly sketches, assembly of etched parts, funnel cages, gun mounts, annealing, ship's boats, ship's wheels, soft soldering, soldering technique, resistance soldering machines, assembling an accommodation ladder, applique.