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    Default What are your favorite tools?

    This has probably been asked before, but just curious...what are your favorite, go-to tools...the ones that don't get put away very often?

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    My mouth...someday I'm gonna crap a 50ft gondola with a load of scrap. Second is probably the little nippers.

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    I find a really big hammer makes a lot of my problems go away!

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    But if I'm actually fixing something, my set of small screwdrivers and my set of tweezers rarely leave the workbench.

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    My Grandfather's favorite saying, "If it don't fit, use a bigger hammer". But in this case, yes, tweezers... Definitely tweezers.

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    Not in any particular order:

    Dremel
    Soldering iron
    tweezers
    Exacto knife
    small files
    Hand drill - w/miniature bits
    small screw driver
    calipers
    N scale ruler

    These off top of my head --

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    A good comfortable grip knife with a #11 blade.
    My Opti-visor. Eyes just aren't what they used to be.
    Does a cutting mat count? I do a lot of work on it, covering it with wax paper when painting or gluing.
    A good bright light on my work bench.
    A metal straight edge ruler.
    Disposable microbrushes.
    Those are all for construction and repair. For operating, my Rix pick uncoupling tool is indispensable.
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    Some kind of magnifying device!

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    This question has lots of answers depending on what we're working on. Among the things that most model railroaders work on:
    Benchwork
    Track laying (might include building switches)
    Wiring
    Weathering track
    Scenery
    Backdrops
    Building models
    Operations (yes, this has tools)

    There isn't much overlap between some of these. Lately I've been doing benchwork, so my favorite tools lately have been:
    Table saw
    Clamps (assorted kinks)
    Glue Brush
    Circular Saw
    Electric Drill
    Drill Press
    Pneumatic Brad Nailer
    Hammer
    Nails (yes, these are tools for constructing spline roadbed, not consumables)
    Wax Paper
    Heavy work bench
    Tim Rumph
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    Dremel
    micro screwdrivers
    Hammer (Thor's)
    Do not go gentle into that good night - Thomas
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    Oil Mill Creek RR - NY, NH & H

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    The tools I didn't go cheap on , Tweezers , knife with surgical blades , magnetic board, brass miniature bar clamps , Chopper , slow speed disc sander.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Opti-Visor (so I can see the rest of my tools)
    Iso-Tip cordless soldering iron (so I can solder feeders upside down under the layout)
    Lots of tweezers
    X-Acto knife with packages of 100 refill blades (so I can easily switch out a dull blade rather than struggling with it)
    Cutting Mat
    Iwata airbrush (not worth skimping here - a good quality airbrush makes painting fun, not a messy chore)

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    Why, Nscale.net of course!

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    5x loupe, Calipers.

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    Any tool that doesn't cut, burn or poke me. ... So that leaves me with my scale rules, NMRA gauges and a blunt scissors like kindergartners use.

    Oh, and my Opti-visors, handy for getting a close-up look at whatever poking, cutting or burning damage I've done to myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    a blunt scissors like kindergartners use.
    I bet if you try harder you COULD cut or poke yourself with them... give it more effort!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    give it more effort!
    That's what she said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    That's what she said!
    LOL!
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    Thanks for the question.

    FWIW, herewith my indespensable tools:

    Scale ruler

    Ballpoint pen (Black ink)

    Craft knife (the sort from the dollar store with 'snap-off' blades)

    Spare blades

    Cutting mat

    Steel ruler (Straight edge)

    Matt Board (Picture framing board)

    PVA

    Super Glue (CA)

    Glass Mirror (to give a true reading that an item is flat)

    Acrylic paints (tube based, not in a bottle)

    Paint brushes of varying sizes

    With these, all things are possible (and even sometimes occur).

    Thanks for asking.
    Komata "TVR - serving the Northern Taranaki . . . "

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    Great responses!!!

    My absolute go-to is tweezers. I have 3 different sets, depending on what they're needed for.

    After that, it would be:

    CA glue
    toothpicks
    X-acto knife
    micro screwdrivers
    Paintbrushes micro, small and smallish, including one about an inch wide for 'dusting'.
    Opti-Visor
    Small pliers/nippers
    Very small aircraft drills (extra long drill bits)
    Soldering iron and solder (for us old DC guys...lots of soldering)

    That covers most of my needs

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