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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2016 01:11 am
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I a On30 Bachmann Porter.

I have small screwdrivers, tweezers, model train oil, but what suggestions do people have for other basic maintenance tools.

In particular I need to unbolt the drive rails from the wheels as there's some crud caught up that I can't get at with tweezers.

I'm pretty sure vice grips would be a bad idea 😵

Thanks for any ideas and places to find stuff.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2016 01:44 am
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Walthers, who have been retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing, model trains since the 1930s will have proper tools for handling tiny hex bolts.
Micro-Mark, another hobby supplier will have proper tools.
Things can be found other places as well,
A set of tiny screwdrivers I got at our burg's local hardware store has a tiny nut driver which will handle the main crankpin on my On30 0-4-2.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2016 03:26 am
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In a fix, or a fit of pecuniary restraint, a socket head hex driver can be readily made from the proper size socket head cap screw and a scrap of dowel for a handle.

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You know what I find handy, maybe its just my eyesight;
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MAGNIFYING-LAMP-TABLE-DESK-TOP-ADJUSTABLE-GLASS-MAGNILAMP-READING-CRAFT-S2890-/391358186296?hash=item5b1ec40338:g:URAAAOSwEgVWRIHh
or similar.....



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 Posted: Mon Jan 18th, 2016 08:08 pm
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Thin, pointy tweezers, hemostats, small flat blade and Phillips blade screwdrivers are good to have.  Even a stack of index cards (may get that crud out you're talking about) are useful.

I have one of those magnifiers that you wear on your head and recently bought a small LED desk lamp.  Together they work great, the LED lamp is small but very bright.

Micro Fasteners sells small tools (and fasteners) too:


MICRO FASTENERS

As does Micro Tools:

MICRO TOOLS

A good assortment of dental picks is nice to have, most train shows have a vendor that sells them.

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Dental picks are cheap on eBay, one of the rare times I got into strife with Customs was when I bought a set on eBay and the customs declaration just said "picks" and they assume "lock Picks" which are a controlled item... Another gadjet that I use constantly is an Ultrasonic cleaner coupled with one of those mesh things you put tea leaves in to brew to hold tiny bits. The solvent you use is dependant on what you are cleaning but I normally use plain water with a spalsh of metho in it and I have used paint thinners to strip paint of small brass parts...
Mine is a huge industrial one I found at a recycling place and got it running again ( blown fuse) but smaller ones are around on ebay; http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30W-220V-New-Jewelry-Lens-CD-Mini-Professional-Ultrasonic-Cleaner-New-Hot-/121405528356?hash=item1c44555924:g:MRkAAOSwd4tT5Q30
Handy for your dentures too...........



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Tramcar Trev wrote:
You know what I find handy, maybe its just my eyesight;
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MAGNIFYING-LAMP-TABLE-DESK-TOP-ADJUSTABLE-GLASS-MAGNILAMP-READING-CRAFT-S2890-/391358186296?hash=item5b1ec40338:g:URAAAOSwEgVWRIHh
or similar.....


Lol, my eyes too, so yes, I have one 😁



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Thanks for the ideas, Trev.

I have an ultra sonic cleaner too for when I was making jewelry



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Thanks for the leads, Bob 😁



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Thanks, Kitbash. I'll check those leads



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