TOOLS

Work Surface: You will need a work bench to build on with a flat building surface. The building surface can be a panel ply or fiberboard, ¾ to 1 inch. Going with that thickness board will insure a good flat surface. Just make sure the table is well supported under the board. plywood-sheathing
Miniature Spring Clamps: For holding your project together while the glue dries. You can get them Here. miniature-clamps
Pins: These are used to hold down the parts as you glue them. Using the pins insures your parts don’t move after setting them up. pins
Hobby Knife: #1 hobby knife handle with #11 blades. It’s always good to have more than one knife available. hobby-knifes
4, 6 and 12″ Ratchet Bar Clamp/Spreader: I would be lost if I didn’t have at least a pair of each. ratchet-clamp
Masking Tape: For holding your project together while the glue dries. Make sure you get the blue tape for painting. This tape has great holding power and releases clean. masking-tap
Galvanize Steel sheet (if using the magnet method): thin galvanize steel sheet that can be purchased from a metal dealer. Look for Metal, Scrap Metal in the Yellow Pages or better yet online. Call around and price it out. You should look for 18 gauge and don’t be afraid getting it in two pieces instead of one. sheet-metal
Magnetic Fixtures: These fixtures can be purchased Here. magnetic-fixtures
Rubber Bands: For holding your project together while the glue dries. rubber-bands
Styrofoam (if using the pin method): This is used to stick the pins down into. You can find a 5 pack at home Depot or Lowes for under $10.00 styrofoam-sheets
Cutting Mat: This is one item I still have to get. I have been cutting on old scraps of thin ply cutting-board
Razor Saw: To cut and trim balsa or ply. saw
Miter-Box: This will help you cut straight and angle cuts. miterbox
Single Edge Razor Blades: These you can find online or at a hardware store. razors
Metal Straight Edge Ruler: 24” or 36″ or better yet 48”. This is used to square up your balsa sheets. ruler
Drafting Triangle: This is a must. If you building board is flat you will get a perfect 90 degree angle when building the fin or laying out the wing. They come in many sizes you and you should always have 2 or 3 different sizes available at all times. drafting-triangle
Sandpaper: I would always have some 100, 220, and 400 grit on hand at all times. sand-paper
Wood Glue: Go Here for a full report on the many type of glue you can use. wood-glues
Sanding Blocks: This is something you can purchase or make yourself. Here are some ideas for making your own sanding blocks. sanding-block
Mixing Sticks: Better known as Popsicle sticks. I use popsicle sticks when I run out of scrap pieces of balsa for mixing and spreading epoxy. They are also good when trying to get glue in hard to reach places. pop-sticks
Mixing cups : You will need these to mix epoxy. Burger King has the small cups they use for Ketchup. mixing-cups
Wax Paper or Plastic Food Wrap: Used to go over your plans to prevent destroying them with glue when building. I never used plastic food wrap but I find wax paper works just fine. wax-paper
Acid Brushes: These are used to apply epoxy or glue to your build. These are cheap and are used once then tossed out. acid-brushes
Mini Planes Set: Ideal for crafts, detail work and for small clean-up operations in tight spots mini-planes
Needle Nose Pliers: Don’t use pliers to tighten up nuts. They are used to hold or bend wire. pliers
Tweezer Set: These are great to get into small places and hold or place parts in place when your fingers are just too big. tweezer-set
Screwdrivers: Make sure you get a good set of screwdrivers with the correct size heads. Using cheap or the wrong size head can and will destroy a screw. I find working with models screws tend to be on the smaller size screw-drivers
Allen Keys: Make sure you have a set of Imperial and Metric Allen wrenches. Once again make sure you don’t go cheap on these. I find that the Allen key will round out very easy. I use what they call a T-handle which has a handle on top and are long to get into deep places. If you do have a Allen key that rounds out just cut off a 1/8 inch. allen-keys
Drill: An electric or Cordless drill is an absolute necessity.
Standard Set of Drill Bits: Purchase a set of bits from 1/16″ to 1/4″. An electric or Cordless drill is an absolute necessity. dril-bits
Hammer: Don’t be using a sledge hammer. You can fine small light weight hammers at any hardware store. small-hammer
Pipettes: These are great when applying CA glue. They get into the tight places and you have more control when applying. pipettes
Toothpicks: These are great for applying small amounts of glue and removing excess glue that squeezes out of joints. I also used them to pin flat hinges so the hinges don’t pull out of the wood. Try using toothpicks that are actually round not square. Another trick is to use toothpicks in oversize holes. Say you have a screw that doesn’t hold, just remove the screw, put a little wood glue in the hole and push the toothpick in. Once this dries at least 24 hours go ahead break off the piece that is hanging out of the hole and sand it flat. Now screw the screw back in. wooden-toothpicks
Sealing Iron: This is used to apply the your covering on the plane iron
Denatured Alcohol: This is used to clean up epoxy and brushes denatured-alcohol
Latex Gloves: I started using these when my hands started to dry out from using Denatured Alcohol. latex-gloves
Acetone: This removes cyanoacrylate glue. Ever get your fingers stuck together? This is great to get CA glue off your fingers or anything else. acetone
Plastic film containers: I can’t get enough of these and they are beginning to be very hard to find, being 35mm film is not being used l as much as before. I get mine from CVS, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart. These are great to organize small hardware. film-canisters
Zip Lock bags: Another way of organizing your parts ziplock-bags
Plastic Bottles: You can get them real cheap at Sally’s Beauty Supplies. I use them to dispense wood glue. The come with a cap which seals them nicely. The other thing that nice about them is the tip comes to a smaller point then the bottle the glue comes in. This gives me better accuracy when applying the glue to my surfaces. plastic-bottles
Markers/Pencils: A fine point Sharpie permanent marker is my choice for soft balsa, it will not gouge the wood like a pencil does. I use pencil or balsa ply with which cleans up easier. To remove marker I use a some denatured alcohol. number2-pencils
Solder Gun : When working on installing the radio equipment you may need to modify the wiring. Always make sure you add a little solder and tape your connection well. You may also want to get to wire shrink wrap along with the tape. soldering-gun
Solder: I find using electrical solder is better than using acid type as it will not corrode metal. solder
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