Tools

This post is to introduce some tools that aren’t “absolutely essential” except that I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m a “low tech” kind of guy and you can see that none of these tools would qualify as “high tech.” I think this is a forty-year-old eyedropper. When I was a kid, buying …

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The Sonic Scrubber is one of the finest tools available for its unintended purpose. As a cleaning tool, it’s very bad. Just bad. But as a plastic model sander, it’s amazingly good. It takes all of the drudgery out of sanding a model, and that’s something that I really, really appreciate. “Rubbing down,” when we’re …

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I thought it might be time for a little tour of the work room. I’m not particularly tidy and don’t care if other people know it. But I do spend time between builds in a kind of research and development phase that does include a certain amount of housekeeping. The lack of spray-painting means that …

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One of the things on my “to do” list for this blog is posting scans of old, old articles from my collection of old, oldĀ magazines. Some of them go back to the 1920’s, but today I’m reaching back to just the day before yesterday–1969. The magazine was entitled Air Space Model and it was just …

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When I say “basic” I mean basic. These are the tools that are like my eyes and hands. I don’t build anything without them. Reverse action tweezers. This is essential. Don’t try to get by with a cheap set. This is a good one that I paid too much for, but I can’t imagine doing …

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This model, derived from three different kits and having a natural metal finish, would be considered difficult to build and impossible to paint with a brush by most model builders. That’s why I chose to build it as my first blog demo build. This build is supposed to demonstrate the many way I use inventive …

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The paint brush is a very old device. Probably invented so long ago that the origins are lost in the mists of time. No doubt the very first ape-like hominid to apply red ochre to a cave wall was confronted by the decision to either dab the brush to the wall, and create an image, …

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