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What's your most Unorthodox tool?
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 - 03:30 PM UTC
What's your most Unorthodox tool that you use for modeling? you know the one Most people Least suspect would be useful.........
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 - 05:51 PM UTC
Unorthodox to non-modellers? The little bits of chopped-up sprue that are all over my bench. Stirring paint, extending parts for assembly and painting, creating parts out of. Very useful to us, but clutter to most. As for other modellers, I can't see anything in my inventory that another builder couldn't recognize as a useful tool.
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 - 06:23 PM UTC
Bingo- figured it out. I didn't want to toss out the normal Silly Putty for mask or rubber cement as mask.

I have jurry rigged an old articulated desk lamp as a spray box model crane. The light part of the lamp broke and I have added a long loop of fishing line to the end of it where the lamp would be. I then use it as a crane to hold up models in my spray booth so I can easily spin the model 360 degrees and also get the top and bottom.
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 - 10:53 PM UTC
I dunno if this qualifies but I use a variety of cast off dental lab equipment and hand instruments.
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 - 11:06 PM UTC
Fifth of Dewars White Label...

Shaun

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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 01:02 AM UTC

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Fifth of Dewars White Label...



That's for the PE right???? :-) :-)
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 01:38 AM UTC

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Fifth of Dewars White Label...

Shaun




Lucky Swine - can't Buy white label over here, unless you visit the distillery.

Jack and Coke works though!!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 03:09 AM UTC
I have a set of root canal (OUCH!) files that come in handy every now and then.
Removed by original poster on 11/06/06 - 01:33:19 (GMT).
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 07:37 AM UTC
I "stole" a Quickstik from SWMBO's scrapbooking tools. Useful for picking up and applying small parts without marring them with adhesive or sticking your fingers with CA when adding PE parts.

http://www.quickutz.com/itemdesc.asp?CartId=&ic=QK-QUICKSTIK&eq=&Tp=&Show=shapes
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 09:20 AM UTC
Leather punch.

Biopsy punches.

Smooth-jaw hemostats.

Pipe cutter.

Dental picks.

Dental burrs and drills.

Cuticle and surgery scissors.

Chain saw files.

Hole saw.

I probably have others, because I scrounge from everywhere!
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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 12:38 AM UTC
Probably my dental tools, but I do like the way that Keenan thinks with his Dewar's!
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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 12:57 AM UTC
"Kneaded Rubber" eraser, I buy at art or school supply store. It's a gray
rectangle with a clear celophane(sp) wrapper. Eberhardt Faber (sp)
of Lewisburg, Tenn. makes them. To clean it, you knead it like
baking dough, thus the name. I stuff bits of it down in holes that I
do not want the airbrushed paint to get into (meaning that the various
glues for styrene won't bond if there is paint on the parts. So a muddler
has to scrape that off, or dig down in the landing gear "hole" to get the
paint out for a really good bond.) Once I'm finished I use tweezers to get
the kneaded eraser bit out. It doesn't separate and usually stays in one
piece. Then I stretch it and pull it like making taffy to clean the residue
of paint that got on it from the airgun. One eraser will last a life time.

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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 03:11 PM UTC
How bout,a slice of stale bread for holding parts for spraying!!!

Andy
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 03:57 PM UTC

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I have a set of root canal (OUCH!) files that come in handy every now and then.



Now you are just bringing modelling to a whole new level eh Dave. :-) What do you use it for? Making anti slip surfaces?

Mine isnt that unorthodox but its just a cut out supermarket box, used as background protection when spraying my models. I do mount it on my sons bath tub for added height though. :-)
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 04:22 PM UTC
Bread -now that IS an odd tool.

I like the kneaded eraser idea too.
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 - 04:33 PM UTC
Thread over. Andy wins hands down. I thought my chunk of florist foam was a novel approach but the bread wins.

Shaun
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Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 05:52 AM UTC
I occasionally use an ophthalmic cautery; but yeah, I vote for the bread too.

When I first glanced at the photo I thought it was really, really stale bread but in fact that's just grey paint.
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