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Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:18:28 AM »

G-Day All
thought it would be cool to have a thread on what tools we all use, lots of pics please  ;D
this will be a good place to discuss differences in brand, ask where ppl got there stuff from and so forth.
ill get started when i got home
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2010, 07:18:15 PM »

Cool idea...will post up my stuff when I re-set my room up


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Untitled by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr


Basic kit I have upstairs with me whilst we have crappy weather

Hirsch antique model knife is my pride and joy....deadly sharp!
Other favourite is my new set of long handle nippers (vs  the short handle jobbies you see in most hobby shops)...much easier to use!


More to come when the sun comes out!
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 10:04:41 PM »

I'll tell you once I find my toolbox in this mess...
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 12:37:47 AM »

Bump.. have to contribute to this one. Great topic idea Random.. just so busy though I can't get time.. :(

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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2010, 07:04:04 PM »

Finally got around to digging everything up

moving from left to right and from the top:
-My Sparmax TC-610h compressor
-alligator clips on skewers, there are a bunch that i bought pre-made and then there are the ones im making myself as well as all the alligator clips that i still have to mount...
-sandpaper, this is wet and dry 800 and 1200 which i use for cleaning up nubs and other surfaces, im overdue to make some more sanding sticks
-Mr. Cleaner Bottle, for cleaning the airbrush, you spray into this bottle so you arent just spraying thinner around
-milliput, putty and polishing compound fine, milliput for filling big gaps and making new bits, putty for... well puttying, and fine polishing compound for removing the scratch marks from the 1200 sand paper useful for OOB builds
-Thinners: lacquer, acrylic and lighter fluid for enamels, I use the lighter fluid for panel line washes
-Mark fit, for decaling this is tamiya's version
-Plastic cement
-Mr Surfacer 1000, I just can't seem to control spray cans...
-Mr Masking Sol Neo, bought this after i opened the sinanju ver ka and freaked out
-Skewers, for mounting pieces and stirring paint if i cant find a toothpick at the time
-Paints: Alclad II's, enamels and acrylics, I use a variety of brands and this is just a small selection
-Tamiya masking tape, trust me on this one, don't cheap out on your masking tape...
-Part separator
-Squash pipette(aka dropper), I trimmed this one and use it instead of a dropper cause it can hold more thinner in it
-Knives, Trusty no.11 hobby blade, as well as the bigger knife to handle the narrow saw blades, i have a variety of other blades as well which i use for more specialised purposes
-Pin vice, for pinning parts and drilling gun barrels
-tweezers and fine file
-Cheap clippers, for real big gates and rough work
-BAKUC premium nippers, when they say premium they mean it, these things are amazing, expensive but well worth it
-Pliers, for bending stuff and gripping stuff
-Scissors and ruler, just useful to have on hand for decals and random stuff
-toothbrush, for cleaning up kits of mould release fluid and from sanding dust
-Cutting mat, this small one is very handy (and pretty neat cause its for the 00 raiser on it too :D)
-single action airbrush: Sparmax DH-201, got this cause it was cheap and has a big bottle, sometimes 7ml doesn't cut it for priming...
-double action airbrush: Sparmax DH-103, my mainstay airbrush
-various markers, mostly for OOB builds but i occasionally use the paint pens for touch up work and eyes, the one to look out for is the zig millenium marker, its pigment based and you can get it with a 005 tip this is good for panel lining and i prefer it over the gundam marker, it takes ages to dry on plastic though.


Not included in the pic (or i forgot to put it in shot...)
those little metal trays for mixing paint, toothpicks for stirring paint, cotton buds for cleaning the airbrush as well as after panel line washes, and a paint brushes, fine ones for lining and detail work, I also keep a big soft one on hand for dusting things

WHEW! well ive probably forgotten something, but thats the majority of it
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011, 06:21:40 AM »

-BAKUC premium nippers, when they say premium they mean it, these things are amazing, expensive but well worth it

yeh i so want these, how much did they set you back?
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 09:30:17 AM »

Nice one noless! Interesting look into your kit. Man that must have taken some time to compose that post. Thank you!  :agx04:

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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2011, 01:03:07 PM »

the premium nippers were around $30, i got them at hobbyco in the QVB, they are bloody sharp
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2011, 09:51:20 PM »

Here's what I normally use for fitting stage.


and for the rest I've written about the same topic on my blog.
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2011, 06:15:47 AM »

a mini belt sander?
trades mans cut throats?
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2011, 10:12:26 AM »

More photos (now Im a little more organised)

Granted Im very lucky to have a space to work in and a wife who lets me use the space as I see fit! (she's an artist/ art teacher so she also uses the space when the mood strikes her!)

Main tools

P1010064 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

The Work Desk- construction and gluing (ie the two different mats)
•Tool box with drawers (see below)


P1010076 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Spray Area
•Spray Booth
•Iwata Compressor (Under desk)
•Thinners and primer in milk crate
•Iwata double action (paint) and el cheapo single action (red handle-priming)
•respirator and rubber gloves (disposable and kitchen)
• Spray/cleaning pot
• Jar full of alligator clips on sticks+jar full of sticks (for painting!)

P1010074 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Iwata Compressor

P1010072 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Paint Area
•Paints
•Brushes
•Palettes
•Thinners etc

P1010073 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr


Air Brushes
•See above

P1010071 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Tool Box

top drawer- commonly used tools

P1010065 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

second drawer- glues/tape/putty

P1010066 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

third drawer- sanding stuff

P1010067 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Bucket of gundam markers!!

P1010068 by Tristan Forsyth, on Flickr

Other photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tristanforsyth/sets/72157625238084393/with/5313534591/


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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2011, 03:40:55 PM »

Nice guys!

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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2011, 01:16:42 PM »

I only use 2 to 3 types of hobby knives, a small one for precision cutting (Shaving off excess bits) and one with a big handle for cutting parts with ease. Planning on starting with paint. any tips about gundam markers?
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Re: Tools Of The Trade (what's in your tool box)
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2011, 01:28:32 PM »

There is a topic about Gundam Markers here where you could post some more specific questions if you'd like. :)
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