Friday, 21 January 2011

Tools I use in my workshop

Tools I use in my workshop.
One of my most useful tool is the Dremel, what I use with it is small drills bits for holes, high speed cutters for removing bulk and finishing, same with sanding bands, for cutting I use hobby craft saw blades these are very thin and leave a fine cut not much wastage, don’t have a use for grinding stones as these clog up to quick.

I use a Harder & Steenbeck Infinity two action airbrush, I have a 2mm,4mm nozzles for it and 2ml and 5ml cups and a fpc-air valve (fine pressure control) with a quick release mini coupling for removing the airbrush.
There Evolution would do the same job but I liked the look of the Infinity and bought it and am happy with it.
I use a small piston air compressor with a 3 litre tank and auto cut out switch, you can switch off the auto cut off so the compressor will run constant, at the airbrush end I have a in-line moisture trap air filter and compressor is quiet with a rating of 54db.

Soldering Iron
The soldering iron I use is a temperature controlled model from Maplin this is a 48watt iron with temperatur from 150c to 450c I use 150c for the small parts on a miniature and up to 450c for basing on to brass plate or two pence pieces, the solder I use is Javis of Stockport a low melt solder of 70c for white metal, you can also have it for brass to white metal, this bought from my local model shop.
You need to use a flux with the solder I recommend you use a liquid flux, I use “Baker’s” soldering Fluid No3 125ml to a bottle.
The price can be from £25 to £50 for a temperature controlled soldering iron, when I bought mine it was dropped from £45 to £20, Maplin seem to have these offers on from time to time, even seen the £25 model going at £9.

Hand Tools
More or less what every modeller uses , for my knife I use a Swann Morton retract away scalpel I buy the blades of the net at trade prices.
Model files, tweezers, model wire cutter and pliers, small set of vice grips, pin vice to start small holes before I use the Dremel, tin cutter, square, steel ruler, GW sculpting tool. Some clay shapers, for a vice I use the GW one that uses suction to hold it in place, the suction bit fill apart but vice is still useful, last I use a Rolson magnifying visor with inter changing lenses with a built in led light.

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