I’ve been gas welding for quite awhile and about 8 years ago I wanted to build my own aerobatic airplane and decided to switch to TIG welding for its obvious benefits. I bought a Lincoln Precision TIG® 185 (current model is Precision TIG® 225) and proceeded to practice and hone my skills by making metal sculptures. I’ve created a variety of different figures, but the latest ones are representations of Spartans in battle dress.
The Spartan bodies are fabricated from aircraft quality thin-walled (.035) 4130 tubing of various diameters. The helmets are hand-shaped and welded 4130 steel sheet (.025), while the capes and shields are fiberglass. Since this is thin-walled tubing, a 1/16 inch tungsten electrode is all that’s needed and most of the welding is done at a low current setting of 40 amps. I also use gas lens CB’s to save on argon (shielding gas).
All the figures are done purely for fun and they are not for sale (I tell people it’s just an excuse to weld). More photos are posted on the website inmanflyingcircus.com.
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.