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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 03:33 am
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To whom may be concerned/interested/whatever:
after a very long hiatus I just set up a modelling bench and unpacked all the tools. I have some esoteric ones that somebody may find interesting, like:

Found it at (Walgreens?), intended to soothe babies' mouths when teeth start spouting out. Made of soft rubber is great to remove paint after soaking plastic models in paint remover.


This one I stole from my wife, a retired dentist. Great to add small details in confined quarters.

This is from Harbor Freight. Crappiest power drill ever, but it's anaemic power, small size and extreme low weight make it ideal for fine detailing (can't cause significant damage even on purpose). And at $9 with some accessories you can't go wrong.

Files. 'Nuff said.

This thing, from the dollar store, is intended to eat crabs. Go figure. Set of 4 for $1.

This is a localized heather intended for electronics. Great for heating styrene.


From electronics also. Push the end button and a neat little hook comes out the end. Great for ...
Feel free to add your own to the thread.
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Hi Jose :wave:


That hook-ended file looks insanely useful !


For what exactly, I'm not sure ?

But I WANT ONE !

I'll figure out what to do with it later . . .


:moose:


Si.


Did I see Dustin Hoffmans dentist use one of those in 'Marathon Man' ? :shocked:



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That hook-ended file looks insanely useful !

For what exactly, I'm not sure ?


Great for filing the rear (usually inaccessible) of an assembly.... because I screwed up.
Jose.



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You know when you want to cut a hole in styrene, card or whatever and it's too small for the circle cutter and too big for a bit in the mini-drill or you want a nice circular disc with the same limitations, well health and safety merchants look away now but my favourite is simply a brass tube of suitable diameter with the inside edge of one end filed to a sharpish edge.


1 (3) by slateworks, on Flickr

With an old T-shirt to stop the other end making a hole in your palm, you can just press down and twist a few times and there's your hole or disc which will pop out of the end of the tube.


1 (4) by slateworks, on Flickr

The deluxe version has a wooden block as a palm protector!


001 by slateworks, on Flickr

The tube does get shorter of course as lengths are removed from the non sharpened end for making boilers or what have you but then so does a pencil as it's sharpened!



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I have seen some of those "tools"in a Micro-Mark catalog for mucho mas dinero. (I ain't putting down MM, it just pays YOU to keep your eyes open).
Now, I'm back to drilling holes with a #11 Exacto blade.

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I use the MicroMark as a source of inspiration when looking for something specific, then either shop for the cheapo knock off or make it myself.
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I imagine it has been said before, but after hitting Micheals with the wife, they have a lot of useful tools made for various crafts. One great and very cheap find was a Whitney punch set.
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