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This iron is a leftover from my model aircraft days. It's made for the shrink covering on airplanes. The shape of the iron head gives it the ability to fit about any application. What I like most is the built in thermostat so it stays at just the right temperature for bending. 

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I have one from my RC plane days in the late 1970’s and it still works! When I was learning the wooden ship building trade and watching the planking videos, that iron came out of deep storage. Then the good wife donated 2 of her backup hair curling irons (large and small diameter) for the cause. 😀

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I use a cheap soldering iron (from a German supermarket chain) with an aluminum piece that used to be the center of a rubber roller, I have two of these pieces each a different diameter and it works very well, it rarely burns the wood.

 

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It's not sophisticated, but it does the job.

 

Belco

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Resurrecting an 'oldie'.

I had to bend a piece of plank today and found an old pencil type soldering iron. While it did the job, it finally got too hot and did a little scorching. While I saw above that a dimmer would cut back on the heat, the iron is really too small. The usual model making plank benders seem to have a poor life span for the money spent.  I then did a bit of 'net wandering and a Conair hair curler popped up. This one: https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Double-Ceramic-Curling-1-inch/dp/B07CKKGR83/ref=sr_1_13?crid=E1XZY2QKEP9O&keywords=conair%2Bhot%2Bcurlers&qid=1673747122&sprefix=conair%2Bhot%2Bcurlers%2B%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-13&th=1

 

Is it hot enough and is the 1" appropriate? Smaller? Larger? They are about 12 bucks at the local Walmart

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8 hours ago, mtaylor said:

I have one like that.... It works, it's cheap.  What's not to like?   If it dies.. I'll pick up another.  Mine however has the metal barrel and not the ceramic.

I looks like a trip to WallyWorld is going to happen then (but never on a Sunday!).

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