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TIG vs. Gas

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Jan 11, 2008
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Hi Fellas:

I'm new here, so of course I'm going to jump right in with what is probably a dumb question. Be kind.

I've just recently discovered the joy of flying, and have decided to build a Skybolt. Since my business doesn't leave me the sort of time to build from scratch, I've been looking for a partly/mostly finished project to complete. There are a number out there, and every airframe I've found has been gas welded. Why not TIGed?

This comes as quite a shock to me, as I have spent many years fabricating chassis and suspension components for race cars and the only time I ever gas welded one was to repair crash damage for a racer trying to make the main show.

Is gas welding superior to TIG for airframes? If it is, why? When I finally track down a project I'm hoping I can complete construction using methods I'm familiar with, and not have to re-learn a skill I always thought was somewhat arcane and archaic...

Thanks for your patience! BTW, what a wonderful resource this page is. I'm so glad I found it.

Tom J


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