Wanna experiment with something? On that .035” tube cluster try turning your amps down to 45 and slow down a little. You may benefit from going a bit slower. I blew up you images and there’s sign of cold spots on those edges (lack of fusion).
Please don’t let that comment scare you, this is part of learning. I’m starting to wonder if your style of welding at the moment would lend itself to going a little slower which of course means you need to dial down the amps a bit.
I’m serious when I say it looks good, just trying to fine tune this a bit.
Often times when the person welding feels they are gonna burn through they develop a temporary anxiety of sorts so they hurry up and go too fast to prevent it. That’s not the solution.
Of course this conversation is all dependent on your foot control. If you can hold that little sweet spot we talked about you know pretty quick what your amp setting should be.
You machine is different than mine and your style is different than mine. One simple way to do this is hold a weld puddle for 15 seconds and just ply with your foot. Cause there’s no hurry here man, you have all the time in the world. It can be a real soothing affair to just make a weld puddle and see if you can stay still and hold that puddle. It’s a heck of a confidence booster and will knock out that anxious feeling that’s so often felt when learning to weld.
Yeah that sounds like something to try out. I definitely get that middle of the tight rope feeling and just leap for the other side. I will turn it down and slow it down.
I was just working on the practice jig, building a jig for the jig. Where does it end? LOL
Well everything is tacked. So I started on the tubes and used 45 amps. So far I like it a lot better. Plenty of juice to make a puddle with around 50% pedal. Not quite as falling off the cliff feeling. I'll take pics of my tubes when I get more than 5 beads done.
Looks good. Remember the cooling / heat sink effect?
keep those tacks as tiny as possible because when you roll over them they immediately cool your puddle which means you’ll pause and stomp on the pedal, which means you’ll overheat, which means you’ll burn through, so you add more filler which will cool the puddle so you’ll stomp on the heat which means .........
Ok, maybe not that bad. Haha.
Small tacks are easily absorbed and don’t disrupt your action.
Looks great though! I’m having fun watching this! You’re improving rapidly!
Thanks again Scrapper, yes I had to "floor" it on those tack so it does disrupt things. Not that my flow is that great yet anyways. I ran out of Argon but I did get that tube joint done.
I like the lower amps it gives me more time to think. Looking at it afterwards it seems a bit thin on filler? Should I slow down and add more? or something else going on there? I know it's only one example.
Besides just lack of experience which takes care of itself you’re having position issues. That’s it. Shore up your position and make the agreement short, then reposition.
I still say you’re doing great, above average work so far. Be proud of that.
Here’s one I whipped up before heading out for calls. Success starts with tiny tacks that don’t pull heat out. What’s my next thought? What is consuming my head right now? Position!!!! It’s what allows me success. It’s the gateway to low anxiety.
Tack one up and let’s do this together. One focus, one mission, tiny tacks.
I really appreciate that. Yes I can see why it's all about position now. I'll work on tiny tacks. Have to get argon but I'll be back at it again in a few hours. I have the start of another jig fitting so I'll get it ready.
Thanks for the encouragement. I have to remind myself it isn't a race and I have as long as I need. Still want results fast. But I'm having a blast with it all.
Oh Yeah I should have mentioned it. I subscribed to the biplane forum and I've been lurking there reading all about the Skybolt and others. Seems like a great group of people obviously some of the same people. Thanks
Wow awesome thank you. I'm sure it's just a matter of time and I'll be stuck.
I'm actually still pretty conflicted on the 3 piece or one piece top wing. So lots to read and plenty of time before that decision but I would love to hear arguments for each. I have been searching for that and it seems there isn't many Skybolts built yet with the 3 piece upper wing.