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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.


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 and tools,

Anything to make your models better and easier to do.

garage and workshop gear guide and tools

Garage and Workshop

file set tools

Premium Needle File Set

flexifile sanding set

Flexifile Set


diamond hones set

Diamond Hones Set

diamond files et set

Files Set


safety glasses hobby

Safety Glasses


hobby mini clamps

Spring Clamps

curved fle set

Curved File Set

riffler fle set

Riffler File Set

SLCD Microscope

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)


Foil Adhesive

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

dremel butane torch set

Dremel Butane Soldering Torch

Parts Nudger / Placement

3d printer machnes and supplies

Browse 3D Printers


draftsman dusting brush

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

led head band

LED Head Band

needle file set

Needle File Set

helping hand magnifier  tools

Helping Hands with Magnifyer

Sturdy Car Model Transport Protection Box


robart paint shaker mixer

Paint Shaker Mixer

nail polish shaker mixer

Paint Shaker Mixer

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

tank track tools

Tank Tread Tool

flexifile trim set

Flexifile Cut & Trim Set

rubber bands

Rubber Bands (Model Holding)

magnify stands

Magnify Stand Plus

paint dot tools

Paint Dot Tools

Shop Towels

Auto Work / Paint Jig



LED Magnifier

Desk Magnifier

mr tool cleaner

Tool Cleaner

heat gun tool

Mini Hot Air Tool

ultra sonic cleanerl

Ultrasonic Cleaner

tank roller tool

Tank Roller Tool

Vacuum Base Vise

Tack Putty

jewelers screwdrivers tool

Jewelers Screwdrivers

Removable Mounting Putty

laser engraving machines

Browse Laser Engraving Machines


bachmann right angle glue and hold tool

Right Angle Clamp Set

bachmann angle clamps

Angle Clamps Magnetic

citadel paint handle

Painting Handle

helping hands hobby

Multi Helping Hands

jumbo hands tool

Helping Hand with LED Light

tweesers set tools

Tweezers Set

estes fin guide tool

Alignment Guide

citadel handle tool

Figure Model Handle

mini magnifying glass

Mini Magnifying Glass

hobby duplication countour gauge tool

Contour Duplication Gauge


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

micro pens

Micor Liner Pens

safety glasses high impact

Safety Glasses

citadel handle tool

Figure Model Handle

paragrafix hold and place tool

Hold & Place Tool

panel line pens grey black

Panel Line Pens

purple power cleaner

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

balsa stripper tool

Modelling Visor Magnifier

jewl picker tool

Sticky Parts Picker

long cotton swabs

Long Cotton Swabs

duplicate cutter tool

Duplicate Cutter

leather repair tape

Leather Repair Tape


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Glue Deal



tamiya paint stand tool

Model Paint Stand



Hobby Tool Sets


Detail Brush Set


Make those panel lines pop for realism














led lights for scale models




pill organizer

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