Parker's Guide this month is a beginners guide to soldering. The intention is to persuade one or two newbies to have a go at a simple soldered joint. The intention is to move on from this to producing more items with hot metal construction, eventually ending up building a proper locomotive.
It's a difficult subject to know how to cover. I've erred on the simple side which perhaps leaves things a little light. Had I gone futher though with some more advanced techniques I suspect people would have been put off by thinking thay had to spend a lot of money to get started wheras 30 quid will get you burning your fingers and ruining perfectly good brass kits and to my mind, that is a lot more inclusive.