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Offline Ranjit  
#1 Posted : 08 September 2021 15:17:52(UTC)
Ranjit


Joined: 18/06/2003(UTC)
Posts: 2,921
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Hi All...

In recent months, I have started to beef up my tool box with specialized tools for model railroading. So far, I have the following tools with me:

1. Swann-Morton Arts, Crafts and Modeller's Knife Boxed Set (Item No. 9101);
2. Xcelite No. 3 (Anti-Magnetic - Straight Point), and No. 7 (Anti--Magnetic - Curved Point) Premium Stainless Steel tweezers;
3. Märklin Model Train Tool Set (Item No.: 70900);
4. Märklin Automatic Wire Stripper (Item No. 70935);
5. Märklin Crimping Pliers (item No. 70930);
6. Märklin Re-Railer (Item No. 7224);
7. Xuron 450S - Serrated Tweezer Nose Pliers;
8. Xuron 2175ET - Professional Sprue Cutter;
9. Xuron 2175B - HO Track Cutter;
10. Tamiya Fine Pin Vise (Item No. 74112);
11. Friedrich Dick Needle File - Cut #4
12. Da Vinci Paint Brushes for Miniatures (#1, #3/0 an #5/0);
13. Mijello Wash Bucket (Item No. MBW 4021);
14. Mijello Paint Palette (Item No. MAP 3025);
15. Faber-Castell Brush (Item No. 1600);
16. Proxxon Hot wire cutting device Thermocut 12/E (Item No. 27 082);
17. Proxxon Micro heat gun MH 550 (Item No. 27 130);
18. Proxxon Glue Gun HKP 220 (Item No. 28 192);
19. Proxxon Micro-Driver Set of Screwdrivers (Item No. 28 148);
20. Knipex Retaining Ring (Circlip) Pliers (Item No. 4 11 A0);
21. Knew Concepts Precision Crafted Saw 5" MKIV (Item No. 124 005C);
22. Viessmann HO Track Cleaner with Hold (Item No. 7840);
23. ROCO Track Cleaner Rubber (Item No. 10002);
24. ROCO Hobbyist Saw (Item No. 10900);
25. Klein Tools IDC Connector Crimping Pliers (Item No. 0234-6).

My next big purchases before the end of the year are going to be the following tools:

1. Weller Soldering Station (Not sure which one yet)
2. Dazor Task Lamp (Lumilus LED)
3. Donegan OptiVisor (Item No. DA-5)
4. Harder & Steenbeck Air Brush + Compressor (Not sure which one yet)

I would be very interested in knowing what tools you guys use and what your recommendation would be for the most essential tools for the model railroading and miniature painting of people, animals, vehicles and backdrops for the layout.

Take care and stay safe.

Cheers,
Ranjit
Modelling in HO Scale - Era III & IV. K+M Track, Analogue + Digital
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Offline river6109  
#2 Posted : 08 September 2021 15:41:01(UTC)
river6109

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My best tools are my hands BigGrin , I don't use a particular brand, I used to buy micro drill bits from.05mm-3mm but the store don't carry them any more. the soldering station I use has both a tip or tweezers for surface mounted diodes/resistors

John
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Offline Ranjit  
#3 Posted : 08 September 2021 15:45:37(UTC)
Ranjit


Joined: 18/06/2003(UTC)
Posts: 2,921
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Hahaha !! No doubt !
Modelling in HO Scale - Era III & IV. K+M Track, Analogue + Digital
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Offline marklinist5999  
#4 Posted : 08 September 2021 15:50:13(UTC)
marklinist5999

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Joined: 10/02/2021(UTC)
Posts: 970
Location: Michigan, Troy
Propa' tools make any project betta'! Often my thumbs or fingers are too big and in the way.
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Offline Hannes Porsche  
#5 Posted : 08 September 2021 23:30:23(UTC)
Hannes Porsche

South Africa   
Joined: 08/12/2015(UTC)
Posts: 48
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Hi, Ranjit.
Nice tool list. Weller solder station with a temperature controller and replaceable solder tips.

John, by the way I would like to see a drill bit sixed 0,05 mm.
Can it be ??

HANNES
Offline Tom Jessop  
#6 Posted : 09 September 2021 01:03:57(UTC)
Tom Jessop

Australia   
Joined: 14/12/2002(UTC)
Posts: 791
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
A few dental tools can come in handy ,ask your dentist where he gets his from .


I have 2 pairs of long nose pliers different sizes which are made with a bend of about 70 degrees about half way along the jaws , very handy for small things , also a similar thing like a doctor or nurse uses on wounds .


Gee where should I start , I was trained as a telephone exchange technician after I left school , so I obtained a lot of smaller long nose pliers , wire cutters , dental mirror , small multimeter , 12 volt test lamp , spring benders for relays , very small hammer, various screwdrivers etc etc . I have purchased a Dremel multispeed tool & numerous accessories including the flexible adaptor , large air compressor , small air compressor with 2 model spray guns from Aldi , they do have some good stuff occasionally just don't expect their tools to do hard work , different magnifying glasses - head worn to those on a swing arm which have a light in them, led light which is worn on the head , knee pads a stack of plastic draws for small parts , 2 different size soldering irons , multicore solder , dental tools , surgical tweezers , shrink plastic tubing for cable joins , battery powered drill & so many different size drill bits & I coerced my dear wife to give me some heavy cloth fabric which she put a loop on one side so that it would go over my head like a kitchen apron except much longer & wider so that it would catch any screw or spring that may pop out of what you may be working on [ I saw this in a jewellers workshop at their work bench & used to save any jewel or precious metal that they use ] , various glues & paints & brushes .

How's that for a starter, I am sure others can & will add to this list .



Have Fun , Tom in Oz .
Offline STE-BM  
#7 Posted : 09 September 2021 02:31:21(UTC)
STE-BM

United Kingdom   
Joined: 18/02/2020(UTC)
Posts: 23
Location: England, London
Without stating the obvious things like a good set of screw drivers and pliers … I recently bought a puller to fix wheel sets flanges distance or to convert dc sets to ac. If you are ever in need to do such job you’ll need also a caliper. It can be handy for other tasks too. I wrote some thoughts here on how to use the puller and which one I bought https://365hobby.wordpre...vert-dc-wheel-set-to-ac/
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Offline Mr. Ron  
#8 Posted : 10 September 2021 23:41:14(UTC)
Mr. Ron

United States   
Joined: 05/07/2020(UTC)
Posts: 112
Location: Mississippi, Vancleave
One of the most important tools I think is a resistance soldering tool. True they are expensive ($200+), but they will allow you to solder without unsoldering adjacent soldered joints. Great for making brass models, like bridges.
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