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  • #30996
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Yesterday I broke the blade in my knife and upon opening the spares box I found it to be empty…
    This was a sad moment.
    I went out and bought a new knife from Hobbycraft as they did not have spare blades, back home using the new knife I noticed as one does, how much nicer (not just easier, but nicer) it is using a new blade.

    Today the iron broke and we bought a new iron.
    Again upon using it I noticed how much nicer new things are and how the right tool makes the job more fun.

    So I wondered, do I have all the tools I need, or do I find I am making do with things instead.

    I use nail clippers instead of sprue cutters, are sprue cutters that much better?

    What tools do you use?

    #30997
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Depends upon what I’m making Michael. For general stuff I use:

    Scalpel with both straight and curved blades. Good quality needle files. Eye surgery scalpels that work a treat as a small chisel. A needle file that has been ground down to make a sturdier small chisel that the eye surgery scalpels. Sprue cutter. Good quality tweezers. A small  pair of watchmakers pliers.

    That’s about it. For anything else I will make stuff at work, having the advantage of a full workshop at my disposal.

     

    #30998
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    So I wondered, do I have all the tools I need, or do I find I am making do with things instead

    Dunno, what tools do you have now?

     

    Looking around my desk I see:

    Jewellers files – round, half round, flat etc.

    Razor saw

    Side cutters

    Sprue cutters (they’re cutters for small electronics components actually ;))

    Pin vice, and micro drill bits

    A selection of knives – from a Stanley to Swan Morton scalpels

    Tweezers, including self locking

    Surgical scissors

    Hemostats – straight and curved

    150mm steel rule

    300mm steel rule

    Cutting mat

    Glue gun

    Soldering iron

    Dremel

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #31000
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I have two craft knives; I have a normal straight blade in one and a chisel edged blade in the other.
    Bonesaw
    Pine vice
    Desk mounted vice
    Hand drill
    Normal tweezers
    Fine bent arm type tweezers
    Normal needle files
    Diamond encrusted needle files
    Mr Stanley the knife
    Selection of modelling tools for clay/greenstuff
    Pins and needles
    Hole punch
    Nail scissors
    Eye/ear droppers
    Egg cup
    Disposable cheapo retractable knives
    Big pliers and thin nosed pliers
    Hot glue gun
    Steel rules
    Prolly some other stuff too….

    #31001
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    A bone saw!!!!

     

    I thought my collection of surgical instruments was a bit OTT…

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #31002
    willz
    Participant

    A few of  the above, a nylon makeup wide bristle brush.

    No not for my eyes and beautification but for dusting.

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    #31005
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Plaster over the mouth?

    #31010
    Norm S
    Participant

    Side cutters for plastic sprue is one of the best tool investments you can make.

    #31014
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I am not sure now…..

    It was labelled that, but it does not look like this:

    It is a wooden handled straight saw.
    The metal blade is rigid and does not flex like a regular saw, it also has a reinforced spine, for want of a better word.

    However, the worrying thing is that I can’t find it….

    #31015
    Norm S
    Participant

    I think you may be describing a dovetail saw.

    #31016
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I think you may be describing a dovetail saw.

    Just done a Google of dovetail, it is quite similar to this:

    Shame, still…
    I am gonna get myself a genuine bone saw now.

    #31027
    Etranger
    Participant

    So I wondered, do I have all the tools I need, or do I find I am making do with things instead

    Dunno, what tools do you have now?

     

    Looking around my desk I see:

    ….  Hemostats – straight and curved

     

    A hideous Americanism! Call them Spencer Wells Artery forceps please. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display.aspx?id=5515 

    Good list nonetheless.

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    #31033
    Lagartija Mike
    Spectator

    While hemostats and bonesaws are part of every determined hobbyists miniature operating theater, a good quality jeweler’s kit will take you far with a minimum of space.

    #31044
    Etranger
    Participant

    Damn Americans   Canadians!

    #31046
    irishserb
    Participant

    Being a professional model builder (sounds so over-blown) for so long, I have a huge collection of tools, most of which almost never get used (well, maybe a couple time per year, but just don’t find them that useful).  Despite the pro model bla-bla, my home work table is the same chaotic mess as most hobby other gamers, though not as nice as many of those pictured online. Anyway, the tools that are on my table (or next to it) that I actually use are:

    Hobby Knife

    100ct box of blades

    10 inch steel scale in 10ths of an inch – in addition to measuring and acting as a cutting edge, it is my primary tool for applying putty

    6 inch steel scale in 1/100ths of an inch – my other putty application tool

    4 different sized and shaped diagonal flush-cut pliers (the old dark green handled Mascot model is the best)

    adjustable protractor – mostly for layout of pieces on plastic sheet

    scribing tool

    Tough-Grit files/sanding sticks – for thinning figure bases, shaping plastic and foam

    Squadron style sanding sticks

    hobby saw and miter box

    one flat, one half round file about 1/2 inch wide, not the little jewelers files

    one 1/4 diameter round file

    one pair locking tweezers

    hacksaw blade – for shaping foam

    surform tool – shaping foam

    old Black and Decker mini hobby sander.

    Dremel

    proportional dividers – mostly for cutting circles in plastic

    band saw

    3 dental tools for shaping putty

    1/8 inch low density polyolefin bench cover/cutting surface

     

     

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by irishserb.
    #31178
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    To paraphrase John McClane, now I have a bone saw, ho ho ho.

    #31202
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Crikey! Is this a Dexter-wannabe thread! You’re all sounding quite mad, except Tim, who is eminently sensible and correct! Quick, call the police!

    Cheers? And good gaming?

    Rod Robertson Zaphod Beeblebrox

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