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.
____________________ Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.
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.
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.