TIG Welding: Chromoly DVD an Essential Guide for Builders
By Chad Jensen, Homebuilders Community Manager, EAA 755575
May 17, 2012 - EAA's new DVD, TIG Welding: Chromoly, is a must-have for anyone planning on TIG welding a fuselage. Mr. TIG, Wyatt Swaim, does a fantastic job of explaining the TIG welding process, and more importantly, showing the viewer exactly what is happening during each phase.
In the early chapters, Swaim goes over the materials needed, the parts and pieces of the TIG torch, and how to operate a TIG machine for the typical 4130 steel tubing we use in homebuilt airplanes.
We quickly learn that TIG welding involves several steps to stick two or more pieces of metal together, but we also learn from the video that it is a skill that can be learned, and learned well. The proper procedures of the TIG welding industry are spelled out and arranged in logical order so learning the process is as easy as sitting down for an hour and a half to watch the video.
Swaim's skill and knowledge is apparent as we watch the progress from a bead on a plate, to tacking, to making the actual weld. He also goes over the mistakes that new welders will make, and how to fix them.
The images used to show what the weld looks like from start to finish are simply amazing. I haven't seen the footage EAA was able to capture anywhere else. The camera work is outstanding, and the entire DVD is very well put together. It makes sense from start to finish, and because it is arranged in chapters that can be selected from the menu, it's very easy to go back and review a specific area.
Between Wyatt Swaim's expertise and the quality DVD produced by EAA's award-winning video team, this simply has to be in your video library if you're working on a 4130 project.