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I recently purchased a Micro Lux sander from Micro Mark. It has been a wonderful addition to my modeling tool arsenal. It got me to thinking, what power tools do you guys have on your workbench? Which are the most useful?
The only powered modeling tools I have are the aforementioned sander and a Dremel.
I model cars, and I just have a dremel. Same as Xenodyssey everything else is done manually with sand paper. Occasionally Ill use my power sander, but not very offten.
Thought I would put my two sense in!
A belt or disk sander is really useful for resin or vacuum formed kits where you want to remove a lot of excess material - probably not so much for injection moulded kits.
I also like the black and decker "power file" which is basically a 1/2" wide belt sander attached to a handle which I last used to thin out the trailing edge of the wings of a vacformed 747 with a 3ft wingspan. I then went over it with a file and 80 grit sandpaper.
Those little dremel drum sanders and cut-off disks are useful too.
For fine work I prefer needle files followed by sandpaper.
Ditto what they said. Just a dremel. Most of my sanding is by hand unless I'm grinding on brass or other metal. I don't usually build anything other than styrene models. I am tempted to try converting an electric toothbrush to a sander someday as I've heard can be done.
I have a Unimat Sl 1000 with most all of the accessories, a table saw and a jig saw attachment which I use a lot of the time. I've done a lot of milling and this is the most used piece of modeling equipment I have. along with a belt and disc sander and electric drills I have a complete shop for modeling. Karl
Fozzie, I have a nibbler but it's hand powered like using pliers, I've made windows for ' O ' scale trolley cars and with the hand operated nibbler I have control on how much material I can remove, with this powered model close tolerances are a question. but for cutting larger pieces I guess this tool would be ideal, BTW Happy Birthday. Karl
I've burned the motors on two dremel XP's (Don't have the recepits for warranty work) and now have a 4000 (the XP was better), but I think a stylus would be a nice treat to have for smaller work.
The dremel drill press has been most useful when drilling many small holes in flat plastic -and useful for holding a grinding wheel steady while I gently apply a part/piece to it. The dremel "mini-buzz saw" attachment has been a godsend and the reciprocating saw blade is a nice one to have too -but that is more for minor workbench mods than models.
The Tamiya Handy Drill (~$30 model kit!) is PRIME for low power drilling that won't melt plastic. DOwnside is the lack of available collet sizes.
Then I have a regular sized power drill replete with bits, a drill bit sharpener (I haven't tried yet), a Makita orbital/palm sander, soldering station, air compressor with tank, plenty of power strips, lots of lights and fans as well. Can't forget that side of the power equation!
Oh yeah, I just got a mini paint blender and a 'plastic sealer' that looks to be great for resealing open plastic parts bags in a jiffy. I'll review those soon on my youtube.
What tools would be nice? The dremel band saw table looks pretty cool. Some of the stuff here sounds neat too. So many tools, so little money.
I'm not a Model Man. Not a savior or a saint. Imperfect in a word, make no mistake.
- Variable-Speed Dremel Mototool(s) with tons of accessories
- Drill Press with laser guide
- Table saw
- Mini table saw
- Band saw
- Scroll saw
- Belt/Disc sander
- Bench grinder
- Tube bender
- Palm Sander
- Paint Shaker
- Soldering Irons (gun and pencil) with stands and accessory tips
- Mini torches
- Mini Lathe
- Assortment of clamps
- PE folder
- Vacuum formers
- Choppers I, II, and III
- Lazy Susan
Assorted tools (sprue flush cutters, flat and Philips screwdrivers, jewelers screwdrivers, security screwdrivers, X-Acto knives and blades of various types, razor saws and mitres, X-Tra Hands with Magnifiers, X-Acto Compass & Circle Cutter, eye loops, shop vac, clamps of various sizes and strengths, hammers, pliers, anvil, hand saws, dental instruments, dental mirrors, assorted files of different sizes and shapes, sanding blocks of various sizes and shapes, scissors, tin snips, sanding strips, etc.)
Various types of paint brushes, sponges, and rubber bits of every size and shape.
Aside from hobbyshops, Home Depot, Michaels and Harbor Freight are a modeler's best friends.
This is what happens when you collect this and that over the course of several decades!
Interesting comments, guys. I'm enjoying this thread.
Do any of you get the Micro Mark catalog? I sit and drool over that thing for hours every time a new one comes in. I'd need a hobby room 3x what I have to hold all the things I'd like to order from them.