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Model Building Tools


At a recent meeting we had a discussion of what are the basic tools needed to become a model builder.  Well - here is a starting point!  If you have comments or adjustments to this list please email them to centralmissouriscalemodelers@gmail.com and we will edit this page!


  • Magnifier that attaches to your head so your hands are free
  • Various types of Super Glue and Model Glue
  • X-Acto blades with handle 
  • Saw  (X-Acto) for scratch-building
  • Various tweezers for picking up and holding small parts
  • Hemostat or small pliers
  • Flush cut diagonal cutters for removing parts from the sprue
  • Various grits of sanding sticks/files
  • Sand paper 600 to 2000 grit  (polishing pad run from 2600 to 12,000
  • Pin vise and drills (X-Acto)
  • Various sizes of clamps and rubber bands
  • Small containers with lids to hold parts, water, paint, etc...

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