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What is Your Most Important Modeling Tool?

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What is Your Most Important Modeling Tool?
Posted by tbone on Sunday, April 09, 2017 5:14 PM

For me, I would have to say that it is the X-acto knife.

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Posted by shopel1833 on Sunday, April 09, 2017 5:34 PM

Me too, I agree, the x-acto knife, it is definitely the most used. 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, April 09, 2017 7:00 PM

If not the exacto knife, possibly my tweezers.

I seem to use it more than any other tool.

My most important tool could very well be my lighted magnifier.

I don't think I could work without it anymore!

 

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Posted by oldnslow on Sunday, April 09, 2017 8:12 PM

Your imagination , if you can see it in your mind , you can build it .

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Posted by gloozalot on Sunday, April 09, 2017 8:14 PM

Money!

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Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 09, 2017 9:07 PM

Another vote for my favorite tweezers, though probably my best tool is the two lens eye loupe set attached to my glasses, which are just 2.00 reading glasses. I seem to do more and more of my work looking through the eye loupe lately.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, April 09, 2017 11:01 PM

That's a good question as there are a few tools that I use most of the time. I would say that my favorite tool would probably be my 6'" long tweezers with the 45 degree tip as I use them an awful lot. Not only for holding small parts, but using them to peel off the excess foil once I pulled up an edge with the tip of my Xacto blade when I'm working with BMF.

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Posted by rodnic47 on Monday, April 10, 2017 10:22 AM
Without a doubt it would have to be my exacto knife. I have a pair of tweezers like the ones High Octane described and that would be a close second!
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Posted by mini man on Monday, April 10, 2017 12:40 PM

My brain and my hands.Cool

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Posted by AstroDad on Monday, April 10, 2017 1:25 PM

Toothpicks!

Used as a glue applicator, burnishing tool, "detail brush", small parts holder(with a bit of blu-tak), occasional building material, and probably a bunch more stuff I just can't remember right now.

 

 

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Posted by High octane on Monday, April 10, 2017 2:20 PM

Yes AstroDad, I too use a LOT of tooth picks and I also use them for mixing paint in the small 1/4 & 1/2 oz. jars. I use a lot of 5-Minute Epoxy and I use toothpicks to mix the two parts together as well as applying the glue to the parts.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:02 AM

My most important tool, other than the 3-fingered hand clamp is the cordless Filer/Sander. It is an oscillating sander not a rotary sander like a Dremel. You can do a lot of damage with a Dremel. Try sanding a flat surface and it will turn out to be a wavy mess that looks like someone tried to replace what should be metal with Bondo. I'm sure we have all seen that on 1:1 autos. I use this tool for everything from filing off sprue remnants to removing flash and mold lines. Beats hand files or fingernail sanding sticks in most cases. Various sanding grits can be attached to the wands and are peel-off sticky surfaces on one side to attach to the plastic wand. My wife and I also use it to sand our fingernails after cutting them.

It used to be sold by Micro-Mark but the manufacturer, Iso-Tip discontinued it. I recently had to have this one re-built and sent it directly to the company and they re-built it and installed a new rechargeable battery. They indicated that they were working on a new model and perhaps it would be out soon. I had it for about 10 years before it needed to be re-built and it works and recharges like a champ! I hope they come out with a new model as I will buy another one! It was about $80 with shipping when I bought it and they repaired it for about $30 recently.

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Posted by shoop on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:17 AM

I would have to say my x-acto knife and lots of toothpicks. I use a bent large paper clip to mix my small bottles of paint and just use a small piece of paper towel to wipe it off the clip and reuse again and again.

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Posted by streetmach1987 on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:38 AM

i would have to say sandpaper.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:42 PM

Lately, it's been my digital calipers for measuring tire and wheel diameters, next to my Exacto knife!

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:18 AM

It'd have to be in this order for me being I love doing customs my dremmel then white squadron putty and last but not least my shoreline mill n lathe

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 7:20 AM

It'd have to be in this order for me being I love doing customs my dremmel then white squadron putty and last but not least my sherline mill n lathe

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