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Tools/Gadgets you cant live without.
Dubanka
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 12:40 PM UTC
Just wanted to know your thoughts about tools you cant do without.

I'm not talking about x-acto's and simple things, but other gadgets that you have found useful . These can be homemade items also.

Let 'em rip

John
m1garand
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 02:22 PM UTC
The UNIVERSAL CLAMP is one that I like.
SS-74
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 02:45 PM UTC
My Airbrush and compressor. (Does it counts?)
Wax paper and pins (for PE work)
Hold and Fold
My small cooler (So I don't have to get up from the chair while modelling, but still can get a beer or a coke)
My remote control for my stereo, DVD player, and TV (Similar reason to the above)
My cordless phone (Similar reason as above) #:-) #:-)

Envar
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 03:00 PM UTC
My x-acto knife. Im used to it and there are not really many things you CANT do with it!
Other one is my faithful puukko with carbon steel blade. (Finnmesser in German, a basic Finnish knife)


Toni
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 07:50 PM UTC

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The UNIVERSAL CLAMP is one that I like.



Where did you find this thing at M1? Looks really cool
m1garand
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 10:32 PM UTC

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The UNIVERSAL CLAMP is one that I like.



Where did you find this thing at M1? Looks really cool



Micromark.com
Bravo-Comm
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 11:13 PM UTC
Drremel Tool, Exacto Knive, Remote Control to Stereo, Bench Rest Clamp. Compressor and Air Brush, . Just a few things right off the topo of my head. HEY I've never seen the Universal Clamp, Pretty cool guys. I HAVE to check that out! See you learn something new everyday !! Oh Okay how about Clothes Pins i.e. Small Clamps. A dark felt tip pen for marking places or areas to be cut or sawed. Sheet Styrene for extra items. Etc, Etc. Simple Use your imagination. If it works for you then use it and share your information
here.

DAGGER-1 "Peace Thru Superior Firepower"
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002 - 11:32 PM UTC
I've got that universal clamp too. I got it at a convention. I'm starting to use it to paint
figures, and it's rather useful.

What I use most : matchsticks and toothpicks !
They stir paint, apply small dabs of paint or glue... invaluable !
avukich
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002 - 12:33 AM UTC
smooth-jaw needle nose pliers, sandpaper, fine steel wool, air brush, compressor, needle files, wax paper and pin (for PE), rotary tool, putty, putty knife, etc.
ladymodelbuilder
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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002 - 05:00 AM UTC
I keep alot of odds and ends at my desk....

toothpicks ( painting small objects and areas)
Q-tips ( use to apply decals)
fingernail polish ( use it for removing excess putty to save the detail on the kit)
small pump bottle of hairspray ( holds down stuff on dios)
Elmer's Glue
Future
magic markers(for black touch-ups)
post-it notes (for masks)


It's not much, but hey, they work.......
sourkraut
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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002 - 05:23 AM UTC
my computer
Abrams101
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2002 - 02:30 PM UTC
Ya know I actualy found that K-9 nail trimmers work excelent for cutting sprue without pinching it like wire cutters often do. they almost work like copper pipe cutters. you just grab it ,give it a spin or two ,and presto perfectly flush cut.
sgtreef
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2002 - 08:30 PM UTC

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The UNIVERSAL CLAMP is one that I like.



Where did you find this thing at M1? Looks really cool



Micromark.com




Thanks M1
CaptainJack
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2002 - 08:42 AM UTC
A glass of wine (cheers Arthur), a loaf of bread, and thou...


Seriously, Xuron precision shears, fine sculpting wire, empty film canisters, Scale link brass cutoffs.

Jack be resourceful
cdave
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002 - 09:26 AM UTC

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Just wanted to know your thoughts about tools you cant do without



My 2 worth of wisdom......


  • Hold-n-fold
  • Punch-n-die - round set
  • Punch-n-die - hexangle set
  • Micro files
  • Micro blades (these are real small poo-poo that I found in MicroMark)
  • Hold-n-Fold (large)
  • Asbesteos solder pad (just dont sand this puppy)
  • Foot control for the Dremel
  • ....and those tiny lil needle for drilling the holes in the bolt heads I just stamped out with the punch-n-die sets! #:-) #:-)

Dave
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002 - 04:28 AM UTC
The tool a can't live without is my pair of medical forceps. I like them better than pliars, becuase it locks so I can change hands put it down or do whatever I want to do with it.
slodder
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002 - 04:40 AM UTC
For me - a Box Fan. My bench is in the garage and my garage is in North Carolina - It was 90 degrees the other day #:-) Bottle of beer is key too.

How about a blob of kids clay! I use it to hold drying items. Figures - I stick a wire/rod in the foot to work on. I just push the rod in the clay and bam held well. I like clay better than styrofoam or blocks of stuff because it's plyable/shapeable and can fit any need and it doesn't break down with continued use.

I use little clamps from Radio Shack as ---- get this ---- clamps. They are small, strong and have flat tips to they don't mar surfaces.

For more traditional items - Xacto, airbrush, glue, putty!

tank34boss
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002 - 08:40 AM UTC
I use regular tweesers and slide a paper clip on it like forseps,you can apply the exact
pressure you want.
x-acto knife has many uses,i use mine for a trowel for putty
TimberWolf
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002 - 09:37 AM UTC
Toothpicks!!! there great 4 painting very small things,
BIG FAN!!! Its over 100 in the garage....yes the garage
Paper Towels!!! Great for wiping off brushes and sweat,
BIG Light!!! it gets dark in that garage,
Plyers!!! for opening those tough paint lids,

BONSAI SCISSORS they are 100 times better then X-acto!!! they cut spruce like string and slice off "flash" like it isnt there!!! You can get these wonder tools
HERE THERE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) Run dont walk over to ebay!
mihaip
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 02:00 AM UTC

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my computer



Marlboro (no, i'm not working at PM), coffee mug (used for any drinkable liquids), Coke, coffee, modem (the DSL guys have 3 months to live if they don't show up soon).

These are the most important things when modelling besides the kit, x-acto, glue and the basic things.
Abrams101
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 02:06 PM UTC

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Just wanted to know your thoughts about tools you cant do without.





I cant live without my little flashlight becouse i drop everyting else, and thats when mr. flash comes in. I actualy think its on most of the time. #:-)
Jeepney
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002 - 03:17 PM UTC
The local manicurists call it a "pusher" so I don't know what it's called there. They use it to clean fingernails, toenails and such. It looks like the tool that's used to spread putty. It also has this scimitar-like point on the other end that's great for applying minute amounts of putty or even scraping off flash on very hard-to-reach places. I sneaked it from my girlfriend's makeup box #:-) It pays to have a better half that appreciates our hobby :-)
4-Eyes71
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 12:25 AM UTC
1. Airbrush and compressor
2. Side cutter (for despruing)
3. Files, emory boards and sandpapers
4. Tweezers
5. Clamps (binders and clothespins)
6. Buffing board
7. Pin vise
8. My trusty x-acto blade and art cutter
9. liquid cement, tube cement, super glue and Elmer's glue
10. fillers
11. coffee stirring sticks (to mix the paint)
12. medicine droppers and syringes
13. scribing tool
14. straightedge ruler
15. dymo tape
16. masking tape
17. Scotch Magic Tape
18. Liquid masker
19. Decal setting solution
20. Future
21. empty bottles (to fill with thinner and cement)
22. used film containers (to put mixed paint)
23. brushes
povolo
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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2004 - 05:21 AM UTC

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The UNIVERSAL CLAMP is one that I like.


I'am surching overhere in the Netherlands for this tool. I've seen people who have it, but they have buy it in Great Britain at EuroMilitaire.
What is the price of that (really i want to have it) tool
shonen_red
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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2004 - 05:52 AM UTC
My computer with internet connection and with some music
dremel tool
pin vice
celphone
light
sandpaper
rags
toothpicks
dentist's drills
elmer's glue
cutting board
newspaper
pair of gloves for resins
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