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Building great looking models depends on a lot of different tools. Some tools can make a job so much easier.

The basic hobby tools you need starts with the knife. Normally these all use what is called a #11 blade. A tapered blade with a very fine edge and fine point. The hobby knife is used to cut model parts, shape them, trim them, open holes, make holes, make slicing cuts, and dozens of other uses. It would be hard to build a model without at least one. Try and choose one with a soft grip that can be more comfortable.

Bare Metal Foil is popular with model car builders, especially those that build older 50's and 60's cars which had a lot of chrome. But Bare Metal Foil is also made in gold, which is good for Lowrider cars, or NASA kits, such as an Apollo LEM, or anywhere you think a gold finish is needed. Black chrome is popular when doing black trim on a car for that modern, all blacked out look, like Special Ops or something.

Hobby Mat cutting boards are an essential tool as well. They are great for when you use a hobby knife, because they offer a soft backing, so you can get a more consstant cut. The cutting mats are self healing, meaning, your cut marks nearly disappear from the surface, and you can get smooth clean cuts over and over for many years. The mats come in a variety of sizes, from 8 x 10 to as large as 4 or 5 feet.

Photoetch tools come in handy when bending photo-etch, which is primarily produced on flat frets. It's up to you to bend the small parts. Brass photoetch is a softer metal, and can be bent and minipulated by hand, but some are stainless steel, and require more force to bend. A tool to bend photoetch is the only way to get a nice EVEN bend, especially on large straight parts. Some modelers don't use photo-etch much, but once you have the tools to get photo etch to bend to your will, you'll find you will use it more and more on your model projects.

Files are a handy tool to have. They can make short work of a model seam on a project, and can get into many places your fingers can't. I usualy use them before using the rougher sandpaper because I feel they are faster, and on a primed model, help me tackle a seam better. Files come as an assortment: some are flat, some are rounded, even triangle beveled, so they can be uses in some unusual places where sandpaper will not work. Hobby files are also great for cleaning up model parts. A good set of files is a must have tool.

Good lighting is essential for building model kits. Especially for those of us that are getting older. The better you can see what you're doing, the better your model will look. Some desk lamps provide much sronger light, and some use a magnifying lense to work on very small, detailed model parts. I recommend you get the brightest lamp you can use, or one that will fit in your model area. (I use two myself to help prevent "shadows" on my project).

There are many ways to keep a lot of stuff on your work area, but small trays and bins can help store a lot of needed things in a small space. Small trays keep model parts separated, and within arms reach. But more important, they keep you from accidently loosing the tiny parts from falling on the floor, never to be seen again. Or getting crushed or damaged on the work bench while building. Trays can also hold tools, like glue, paint, tweezers, hobby knives, and other tools you to keep from moving all around on your workspace.

Workbenches are so varied, there are probably a million different kinds people use. It usually breaks down to two kinds.

The indoor desk: This is a model work area that's probably inside the house, maybe a bedroom. That's a bench that's usually much neater for visiting guests, and a closet may be used for storage. These typically use quality desks and furniture, meaning, they won't likely be made out of old pallets and a 55 gallon drum. If you live in an apartment, especially in the city, where you can't modify any of the structure, chances are, you have a nice model desk to work from. These are model desks that usually allow you to be in a sitting position with a chair.

The "outdoor" desk: This is usually in the garage (as mine is), in a basement, or out in a shed separate from the house. Anthing goes here, and modelers will make a desk, or bench, out of whatever materials might be on hand. Most of the benches I have seen in these locations are higher, and use a stool, and / or allow you to stand while modeling (as mine is). Some are lower and use a chair, but not to many. I like the taller option because I won't be constantly getting up and out of a chair all the time. (and if you have back issues, you know what I mean). It's easier to slide off a stool and get some painting done, or do some work on another bench (I have 2 for different stages of a project).

Whatever type you use, a permanent modeling area allows you to get more modeling done, with no previous setup. You can come home from work, sit down, and start modeling right away. Once done, you can just get up and leave it. So there's a great advantage to having a specific area set up for building models.

Like any craft or hobby, it's the tools that get the job done. Start out small with the basics, and add a tool now and then as you can afford. You will find that learning how to use more and different tools will help make your models better and better, and more enjoyable to build.

Modeling supplies, such as tools, glue, paint and much more. Anything to make your models better and easier to do.

garage and workshop gear guide and tools

Garage and Workshop

amt tool  set

AMT Tool Set

micro mesh polishing kit for models

MicroMesh Sanding Products

flexifile sanding set

Flexifile Set

lumberton sanding sticks set

Sanding Sticks Set


diamond hones set

Diamond Hones Set

durasand sanding twigs

Sanding Twigs

micro mesh sanding sticks

Sanding Sticks

stanley tool organizer

Model Parts / Tools Organizer


tamiya sanding sponge set

Sanding Sponges


wood sand paper assortment deal

Sandpaper Assortment

diamond files et set

Files Set

wood sand paper assortment deal

Fine Sandpaper Assortment

safety glasses hobby

Safety Glasses

pen sander tool set

Pen Sander

curved fle set

Curved File Set

riffler fle set

Riffler File Set

excel hobby knife with blades

Excel Grip-On Hobby Knife

#11 hobby blades - 100 pack

#11 Hobby Blades
Super 100 Pack!

hobby mini clamps

Spring Clamps

headband jewelers magnifyer


scope  magnifyer

Modeling Magnifier
(perfect if you paint fine details, and small models such as miniatures - figures)

scope  magnifyer

Modeling Magnifier
(perfect if you paint fine details, and small models such as miniatures figures)

novus plastic polish kit

NOVUS Plastic Polish Kit

file set tools

Premium Needle File Set

xuron photo etch cutters

Photo Etch Cutter

xuron sprue hobby cutters

Pro Sprue Cutter

photoetch pliers set xuron

Xuron Tool Set

tamiya photoetch pliers

Photoetch Bending Pliers

scale model ruler

Scale Model Ruler, Aluminum
Helps determine scale on model parts or when you're fabricating pieces.

Scale Model Ruler, Aluminum
Helps determine scale on model parts or when you're fabricating pieces.

xtrumpeter rivet tool

Rivet Maker Tool

trumpeter zimmerit tool for tanks

Zimmerit Tool Set

tweezers set of 6

Steel Curved Tip Tweezers

rubber tipped tweezers

Rubber Tipped Tweezers


Extra Long Tweezers Set

locking tweezers

Locking Tweezers

hobby tweezer set

Professional Tweezers Set

slide lock tweezers

Slide Lock Tweezers

hasegawa rivet tools

Rivet Tool

mini vise clamp

Mini Drill Press Vise Clamp

tamiya engraving tool

Engraving Tool

tamiya engraving tool blades 0.1

Engraving Blades 0.1

tamiya engraving tool blades 0.2

Engraving Blades 0.2

tamiya engraving tool blades 0.3

Engraving Blades 0.3

tamiya engraving tool blades 0.5

Engraving Blades 0.5

Parts Nudger / Placement

mixing paint tools

Mixing Paint Tools

led head band

LED Head Band

3d printer machnes and supplies

Browse 3D Printers and Supplies


hobby cutting mats

Modelers Cutting Mat


hobby cutting mat

Modelers Cutting Mat

airbrush paint clip stand

Holder for Painting Small Parts

airbrush alligator clips for model parts painting

Model Parts Painting Holders

draftsman dusting brush

Dusting Brush - (Good for quickly cleaning off your hobby desk of shaved plastic parts and sanding residue!)

wood clothpins

Clothpins / Parts Holders

photo etch tube bending tool

Photoetch Bending & Rolling Tool

mini mitre saw tool

Mini Mitre Saw

photo etch wire circle tool

Photo Etch & Wire Tool

bug photo etch bending tool

Photo Etch Bending Tool

wire bender tool

Wire / Solder Bending Jig Tool
For bending wire or solder, to make car headers, military railings, almost anything

nutter photo etch bending tool

Photo-Etched Bending Tool

Sturdy Car Model Transport Protection Box


Stencils / Masks

Stencils / Masks

Hot Wire Cutter

Durablock Sanding

precision pin vice tools

Precision Pin Vise

pin vice tools

Micro Drill Bit Set & Pin Vise

robart paint shaker mixer

Paint Shaker Mixer

nail polish shaker mixer

Paint Shaker Mixer

helping hand magnifier  tools

Helping Hands with Magnifyer

hasegawa panel line scriber tools

Panel Line Scriber

molotow chrome marker 1mm

Molotow Chrome Marker 1mm

molotow chrome marker 1mm

Molotow Chrome Marker 4mm

work bench hobby vise tools

Hobby Vise

small hobby vise tools

Hobby Vise

Tool Set

helping hand tools

Helping Hands

steel trays

Steel Model Parts Trays


Multi Use Toothpicks

plastic modelling  trays

Model Working Trays

hobby saw blades

Hobby Knife Saw Blades

diamond cutting wheels

Cutting Wheels

tank track tools

Tank Tread Tool

flexifile trim set

Flexifile Cut & Trim Set

circle cutter tools

Circle Cutter

Hobby Tool Set


meng tweezers tools

Precision Tweezers

rubber bands

Rubber Bands (Model Holding)

master hobby blade tools

Master Hobby Set

magnify stands

Magnify Stand Plus

paint dot tools

Paint Dot Tools

Shop Towels

Auto Jig



LED Magnifier

Desk Magnifier

mr tool cleaner

Tool Cleaner

citadel cutter tools

Sprue Cutters

ultra sonic cleanerl

Ultrasonic Cleaner

tank roller tool

Tank Roller Tool

needle file set

Needle File Set

steel stamping  tool

Stamping Tool

pro grip tool set

Pro Grip Hobby Set

heat gun tool

Mini Hot Air Tool

fisker soft grip hobby knife

Hobby Knife

fisker circle cutter knife tools

Circle Cutter Knife

laser engraving machines

Browse Laser Engraving Machines



squadron scribing tool

Scribing Tool


excel mitre box and saw

Saw & Mitre Box

revell cutting tool

Engraving Tool

zona mini hacksaw

Mini Hack Saw

polishing paper

Polishing Paper

emery files

Emery Files

zip snip cutter tool

Zip Snip Cutter

scriber tool

Scriber Tool Set

jewelers screwdrivers tool

Jewelers Screwdrivers

pliers cutters set tool

Pliers Cutter Set

plastic cutting tool

Plastic Cutting Tool

plastic cutting tool

Plastic Cutting Tool

dremel butane torch set

Dremel Butane Soldering Torch

emery files

Rivet Tool

bachmann right angle glue and hold tool

Right Angle Clamp Set

bachmann angle clamps

Angle Clamps Magnetic

vantage cutting mats

Cutting Mats

polishing pads

Polishing Pads

citadel paint handle

Painting Handle

helping hands hobby

Multi Helping Hands

fisker knife tools

Finger Knife

tamiya tool set

Hobby Tool Set

jumbo hands tool

Helping Hand with LED Light

madworks engraver tool

Chisel Tool

estes fin guide tool

Alignment Guide

citadel handle tool

Figure Model Handle

hot fom cutter tool

Hot Foam Cutter

circle drawing tool

Pin Vise Chisel Tool

wet pallette tool

Sta-Wet Paint Palette

leather repair tape

Leather Repair Tape

mini jewelers anvil

Mini Hobby Anvil

tweesers set tools

Tweezers Set

tamiya model scribing tool

Scribing Tool


tamiya cutting tool set

Cutting Tool

mini magnifying glass

Mini Magnifying Glass

badger hobby pal suction tool

Suction Cup Tool

portable table saw

Mini Tabletop Saw

forming block anvil tool

Forming Block

olfa hobby saw tool

Hobby Saw

midwest craft cutter wood

Hobby Cutter

xacto hobby knife cutting set

Hobby Knife Set

hobby knife cutting set

Hobby Knife Set

hobby duplication countour gauge tool

Contour Duplication Gauge

tube cutter

Hobby Tube Cutter Tool

spring tube benders tool

Tubing Bender Kit
Allows you to bend tubing without getting kinks or collapsing.

desk lamp tools

Browse Model Desk Lamps

tamiya weathering brush for models

Weathering Sponge Brush

craft drawer cabinets

Browse Model Parts Organizers


Modeling Clamps Assortment
Good for holding model parts together while the glue dries.

irwin bar clamps

Quick Grip Model Bar Clamps

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The magnets below, used with a metal pan, can help you line up parts to be glued as a jig. The magnets will hold them in place while the glue dries, and make sure the parts are squared.


Magnet Set

irwin bar clamps

Metal Pan Base for Magnets

soldering helping hands tool

Helping Hands Tool

led magnifier headset tool lens

Illuminated LED Magnifier

storage bins for parts

Table Top Bins Model Supplies

dremel bits tool set

Dremel Assortments & Bits

micro pens

Micor Liner Pens

safety glasses high impact

Safety Glasses

hasegawa nippers tool

Nipper Tool

buffing polishing wheels

Buffing / Polishing Wheels

panel line pens grey black

Panel Line Pens

purple power cleaner

Purple Cleaner
(Strips paint and chrome off plastic models in minutes)

tamiya drill tool

Tamiya Mini Drill

citadel handle tool

Figure Model Handle

balsa stripper tool

Modelling Visor Magnifier

stanley mini hacksaw

Mini Hacksaw

micro drill bits tool

Micro Drill Bits

irwin saw

Pro Saw

tamiya scissors tool

Model Decal Scissors

wire forming pliers tool

Wire Forming Pliers

long cotton swabs

100 Cotton Swabs

duplicate cutter tool

Duplicate Cutter

photoetch tools

Photoetch Tool

duplicate cutter tool

Grit 3000 5000 7000

photoetch tools

Phototch Tool

hasegawa scriber tool

Scriber Tool

hasegawa fine carving tool

Fine Line Engraver

hasegawa punch tool

Modeling Punch Tool

hasegawa cutting template tool

Cutting Template

hasegawa nippers tool

Nipper Tool

hasegawa cutting template tool

Cutting Template

jewl picker tool

Sticky Parts Picker

hasegawa curve tool

Cutting Curves Template

paragrafix hold and place tool

Hold & Place Tool

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dewalt tools

Dewalt Tools


dremel tools

Dremel Tools


stanley tools

Stanley Tools


black and decker tools

Black & Decker


bosch tools

Bosch Tools

makita tools

Makita Tools







#11 hobby blades - 100 pack

#11 Hobby Blades
Super 100 Pack!



tamiya paint stand tool

Model Paint Stand



Hobby Tool Set



Airbrush Set



Paint Clamp Set



Detail Brush Set



Microscale Set












led lights for scale models



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