The following are tools I have used for my model making. Several of these are potentially harmful if used incorrectly or carelessly.
Take all necessary precautions. Do not use any tool without an understanding of what can go wrong and how to prevent it.
Callipers allow you to accurately measure distances and thicknesses where a ruler is impractical.
As well as drawing circles, compasses can be used for measuring distances and copying them exactly.
Side cutters are useful for cutting through wire, thin metal and plastic.
When cutting with a knife you will need a strong, flat surface to lean on to protect whatever is beneath.
Two part epoxy glues are stronger than most others and will stick just about anything. Permanently. Drying time varies greatly depending on the glue.
For cutting card, plastic and wood. Remember to be careful of the sharp edge.
A metal ruler cannot only be used for measuring distances but also as a guide for cutting straight edges. Wooden and plastic rulers are prone to being damaged when used as a cutting guide (the knife cuts into them too!).
For applying PVA glue.
For marking out where you want to cut. Keep it as sharp as you can.
As well as for gripping parts of your model too small for your fingers, a pair of pliers can assist when snapping scored plasticard.
Glues plastic model kits and anything else made of polystryene by melting the plastic to fuse the parts together. Works on plasticard.
For measuring angles.
Glues card, paper and wood. Can be watered down.
For smoothing or rounding off edges. Works on plastic and wood.
For cutting through material too thick or tough for a knife.
Fast acting. Good for metal, plastics and wood.
For holding the fiddly bits you want to glue to your model not your fingers.
For holding parts of your model steady while you work on them.
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