Here I don't think it shows but I got these for 7 dollars off of Amazon here's the link if you want to check them out https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KRPFX00. I just got them in today and they've already proven very useful. Better than the paper plate I was using before.
That's the one I use. It works well! Just a different handle type from Hakko. It's a little cheaper too.
Sure, I got it at IKEA - this is the exact shelf. I bought the LED lights off of Amazon here (though you need to buy a power adapter, as well).
For those looking, search amazon for metal shaping tools.
for the specific balls on a stick, https://www.amazon.com/Dapping-Doming-Jewelry-Making-Forming/dp/B00FBP2HGO/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1518492859&sr=8-18&keywords=metal+shaping+tools
I loved this one, it's complex but not too challenging. Also love the subtle colors and the matt steel. And close! Here it is
I purchased the B&N Military Aviation set on eBay and I have been working through that this week. They are nice for weeknights because they are all very simple builds and you can finish them up in one night without feeling pressed for time. This weekend I am planning on doing the U.S.S. Enterprise or the full Iron Man model. I'm a bit intimidated by the Iron Man model but luckily one of the sets I bought on eBay also includes an Iron Man so I will have backup parts if needed.
Welcome to the addition! I use sculpting tools to reach those hard to reach tabs so you do not have to undo stuff. For the bends not the twists.
This is the one I got but there are a lot to choice from
Squadron Products Sculpting Set, 4-Piece https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000CDR5J4/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_F1WB7WJJT4RV5N4Q52DT?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
A pair of this style nail clippers is the best thing I've found for cutting pieces out of the sheets.
Besides that, a strong set of tweezers and a thin bladed pocket knife are all I use most of the time.
Yes! This tool is amazing. I got it in a kit with other dome and cone shaping tools and a long flat bending tool. But I use this tool more than any of the other ones. Here is a link to the kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MY984WY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
If anyone in the UK wants the 3 important tools, then they're £7 on Amazon right now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-Redline-67924-Handles-3-Piece/dp/B011IL426C/ref=sr_1_3?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1480297623&sr=1-3
Wish I didn't pay £18 at Hobbycraft now!!
The mandrels were a great purchase, as were the pliers I got from Amazon here:
Those and the slanted tweezers are pretty much all I use.
I have included a couple links to some good small magnets on Amazon. The rare earth magnets are very strong for their size.
Then there us a cheaper option that i also bought that work good.
Thanks! Yeah sure, if you like a challenge I would for sure try the AT-ST. The legs are a little tough but it comes out looking awesome. If not the Iconx Millenium Falcon is my favorite and is $20 on Amazon right now. It is so much bigger than the original Metal Earth Falcon and looks great.
Assuming you can get it in Canada (not sure if Amazon ships everything everywhere) I found these to be very good Cutters to get the pieces out of the sheets, they are a very good price and seem to be pretty good quality. They are kind of a must have in my opinion. I've had mine about a month and I'm very happy with them. Sometimes they are listed as an add-on item where you have to buy something else along with it, and other times they listed as just a regular item you can buy by itself, looks like currently it's listed as an add-on item tho.
Hakko CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter, 1.5mm Stand-off, Flush Cut, 2.5mm Hardened Carbon Steel Construction, 21-Degree Angled Jaw, 8mm Jaw Length, 16 Gauge Maximum Cutting Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FZPDG1K?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
I bought it at AC Moore but here is the same product on Amazon.
The orange handled tools are files. They say on Amazon they are diamond-tipped however I do not think that they are, but they do still seem to work to get some of the rough edges off of some of the pieces. Here is the link to them also
Lazer Bond - Liquid Resin Seals in Only 3 Sec (2 Packs) As Seen ON TV https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGS6BHN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_zqDYCb8YWDVQ2
Works like a champ on ME stuff and comes off clean with your fingernail. This is like double the price of what I bought last year and both times they leaked a bit in the pack, otherwise no complaints. Some of the others on Amazon in the same type tube prob work just as well tho and are a bit cheaper
I have around 20 models complete and it's been a year since my last model I made. Got slightly burnt out and had a poor work station. In my new apartment I just moved into I got myself a proper desk set up and grabbed this from Amazon which was a HUGE help - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016LTTS8S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s02?ie=UTF8&th=1
I think it was harder for me because I had taken so much time off. Got frustrated a few times. This model insisted on folding too many flaps when I just rotated. I'm happy with the outcome. I tried to modify the passenger door to close but it was slightly bending the door and I didn't want that.
Overall, I'm happy with it and honestly the feeling of competition is worth it.
Metal Brick is the brand of him. Looks like the Amazon posting I used is not in stock though... Here's the link anyways.
I'm pretty sure hulkbuster was by MU but that's just off the top of my head.
After a fair lot of digging, finally it popped up on Amazon. The brand name is SD Toys for anyone trying to find it in the future, currently 6 abailable from this seller, link here.
Also, just a heads up, I’ve done that build (and spray painted it black), and looking up a 3D rendering of the tumbler online REALLY helps with all the angles/folds as the instructions from the manufacturer don’t really help with how the angles are meant to be folded.
Here is a set listed on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dapping-Forming-Set-43-Pieces/dp/B075PL3512/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_4_sspa?keywords=Dapping+punch+set+and+coming+tools&qid=1552049602&s=gateway&sr=8-4-fkmrnull-spons&psc=1
Yes friend here is the link.
The name of it is
BTW I have ordered both and they are not yet shipped I placed it on the 13th so it might take some time they also have an app you can download for that site.
That's in the play store I'm not sure if they have it on the appstore.
Can't stress the mini split mandrel tool thing enough. Completed my first dozen models with a decent set of pliers and tweezers. Upgraded to a better set of tweezers and the mandrel and it's a game changer. The set I went with is below I get away with using the split mandrel, clipper, and needle nose for 95% of what I do. I also underestimated what a nice flush clipper could do, that has been an added bonus.
First of all, I'm glad you were able to calm down and continue the build. Everything is so small and fragile, if you're not in the right mindset stepping away is the right thing to do.
I think one thing that will help you for the next build is better tools. Pliers work so much better than tweezers. You get more control and a better grip on the tab. Look for some that are pretty small with a thin tip and don't have teeth. If you want to get really fancy, there are bending tools that actually do help a TON. https://www.amazon.com/Cylinder-Bending-Multi-functional-Puzzles-Assembly/dp/B08NX5DH9C/ Lighting and magnification are also very helpful. I got a flexible magnifying light and now I can actually see the tiny tiny holes. I think the light itself helps more than the actual magnifying glass, so you'll want to at least find a bright light.
I hope your next build goes more smoothly. Take what you learned from this butterfly and keep trying. Remember its okay to take a break from it if you feel frustration rising. Hobbies should be relaxing :)
I use a nail grinder—-cheap easy and quicker. Like this https://www.amazon.com/Manicure-Machine-Professional-Electric-Polisher/dp/B08VCDVQ2H/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3BF3BSHSF3UBG&keywords=nail+grinder+manicure&qid=1671570934&sprefix=Nail+grinder%2Caps%2C192&sr=8-3
Bending those tiny little tabs can be a bit of a pain, especially in areas which are hard to reach with your pliers.
I can highly recommend this toolkit from Amazon. I makes building a lot easier.
Finally you have to decide yourself which tools work best for you. I personally use optican pliers to bend the edges. They are made for spectacle frames and way to powerful for this thin metal. But I am an optican and I am used to it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QLQ77KB (And they currently appear to be 10% off.)
A few warnings though (and bear in mind, I STILL love these cases despite these things):
The listing may confuse one into thinking that it's a two-pack, but it's not and it seems that the image is just to show how they can stack.
The built-in light bar has a USB power adapter with a touch-switch whose state always resets to "off" when it gets unplugged. Not generally a problem but if you plan to have a lot of these and want to connect them all through one single controlling switch, you may need to swap out the power adapters or get creative with electronics.
The shelves are a bit narrower than the average regular model (and MUCH smaller than the Premium/IconX ones, as you can see) so it takes a bit of creative positioning to get things to fit in, and certain models may ONLY fit on certain shelves.
Even though they stack and seem sorta like they ought to be customizable, they actually, as far as I can tell, only come in one size. I wish they had a bunch of sizes all compatible with each other so that one could build a modular stack with exactly the sizes they need.
If none of those things are a concern for you though, then I highly recommend them. Very sturdy, they fit great on my shelf, and I really love the built-in lighting.
No problem! Something that may not show up in that search that others have recommended and I've used a lot are fondant tools and a mandrel set.
Mine came in this tool set from Amazon:
17 Piece Tool Kit
The one you're looking at is definitely the most handy tool in the kit. The file is a bit coarse for my taste (though the sanding pads are just about right), the tweezers are adequate, pliers are ok, side cutters are the usual stamped cheapies that probably won't hold up long. The long slit tool was slightly bent when I got it but I spread it a bit and it's pretty handy. I thought I'd use the tapered dowels more than I do but it's nice to have options.
I wouldn't regret the $16 for the one tool and consider the rest to be nice to have around.
this glue is MUCH better than superglue. It doesnt leave residue, dries clear, and is thick gel so doesn't run.
I still need to try the UV glues
A cheap nail grinder to grind of the last bits of spruce from removing the part. I use a nail grinder because it is gentle and if you touch the grindstone it will not hurt you. They are a few quid on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Manicure-Grooming-Polisher-Portable/dp/B08S3HPYGY/ref=sr\_1\_8?crid=3TU943RT9T3EF&keywords=nail+grinder+human&qid=1664713419&qu=eyJxc2MiOiI1LjIxIiwicXNhIjoiNC44NyIsInFzcCI6IjQuNzkifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=...
While others swear by pliers I swear by tweezers. This has been my goto starter
As far as tools go, a cheap kit of tools fit to purpose are totally worth it. I like this one:
There are many other sets, the essentials are the flush cutters, tweezers, pliers. The set of mandrels for bending curves come in very handy as compared to looking for something around the house that's more or less the right diameter for the curve you're bending.
It's a fun hobby, but as many others have said, you might want to get a couple of more basic kits to get your feet wet. Get something of a subject matter that you're not as interested in (sounds wrong, but....) so you won't feel so bad about the early mistakes you'll make before you start on the one you really like.
inspired by your idea, I got something like this for me(not from Amazon US): holder
Based on the results so far, I’d rate your tools 10/10! Seriously, as others have mentioned, the more you do this the more tools you’ll accumulate. I find a tab bending tool to be very useful for those hard to reach tabs on some models. I just saw this kit on Amazon and it looks quite handy https://smile.amazon.com/Assembly-Including-Cylinder-Multi-functional-Christmas/dp/B0914T2LZ5/ref=mp_s_a_1_11?crid=O3LQZKHXOFOL&keywords=bending+tool+hobby&qid=1662471106&sprefix=bending+tool+hobby%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-11
These work well for small cones. https://www.amazon.com/Stretching-ANDGING-Expander-Piercing-Stretcher/dp/B0B3JWMG57/ref=mp_s_a_1_17_sspa?crid=2R9B2ECJV3BZK&keywords=ear+gauge+stretching+kit&qid=1662393279&sprefix=ear+g%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-17-spons&psc=1
Here’s the set I got and they have worked out well
I've tried a few of the inexpensive headset magnifiers. This is the best one I found https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089S22P6S. Compared to the other models it is lighter and more comfortable with the padded adjustable full headband. The LEDs are also much brighter. Would definitely recommend you get one - I use it 100% of the time when building ME models.
I have a similar set to this that has a spring action but this is my go to tool
If you passed your 30´s for a little, you need something like this or something similar 🤓 You will see, it helps a lot 😁
These are medium size, and I've put the nose on a belt sander to make it flat. The nose is great for smaller long bends, and the side is great for longer long ones.
this has worked way better than i expected to correct some mistakes i’ve made. if you can’t fix it though save the pieces to make freak models with the extras.
isopropyl alcohol, stainless steel cleaner... whatever cleans/polishes metal will work.
Q-Tips. and one of these: Oxo electronics cleaning brush
You can build most sets with nothing but these.
Fascinations Metal Earth Enhanced Design 2-Piece Tool Kit - Clippers - Needle Nose Pliers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Q8H9VX1/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_Z032HZ4XQ00T4VDSNR48
You'll also want some bending guides, but the good news is you almost certainly have many. Pens, markers, screwdrivers, etc.
I actually love the metal earth pliers. I've tried many others. I own at least 8 pairs of needle nose pliers now and still nothing is better than the metal earth ones I linked.
They're very flat and flush, they are also small enough to work on delicate pieces and they have a very sharp tip
The oh downside to them is that this sharp tip may bend a bit over time, especially if you ever drop them and they land tip first like I did. Good news is I reshaped them with just a bit of sand paper and they were good to go again.
If you buy one other tool, make it this one or something similar
6 Pieces Metal Model Kits Tool Sets, Edges Tabs Cylinder Cone Shape Bending Assist Tools for DIY 3D Metal Puzzles Assemble Model Kits for Adults Teens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089NHJY5B/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_XNY2H4S8M7XH5DN6X7ZN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The little mandrels are fine but the pen shaped tool is what you want. It's incredible for doing twist joins and reaching into small spaces to bend a tab down by poking at it.
But really all you need is a flush cutter and some needle nose pliers.
Chances are the store you found the sets also sell those tools nearby as well.
It is an art form, I agree. Something else you will likely end up needing is a jeweler's mandrel, an example: https://www.amazon.com/Looping-Wrapping-Mandrel-Jewelry-Forming/dp/B09DXVL264/ref=sr_1_37?crid=1EXO1WMBVSOIX&keywords=jeweler%27s+mandrel&qid=1652266987&sprefix=jeweler%27s+mandrel%2Caps%2C176&sr=8-37
to help shape some of those curved pieces. A set of short dowels will serve, too, as will pencils,etc if you can find something the size you need.
Metal Earth makes a tool set specifically for these, you can also get a pair of flush cut pliers *something like these: https://www.amazon.com/Cutter-Lightweight-Klein-Tools-D275-5/dp/B000GTMZHG/ref=sr_1_6?crid=6MZSIRKSAMNQ&keywords=flush+cut+pliers&qid=1652264624&sprefix=flush+cut%2Caps%2C208&sr=8-6)
I prefer tweezers to needle nose pliers to manipulate the parts and bend tabs.
Also, they come in varying degrees of difficulty, generally the $6.95 single sheet models, usually airplanes are the easiest and you would move up fro, there. The voyager one is one of the more difficult ones I have tried, I did not get it together successfully and will need to take another crack at it. I am holding off on the Perserverence/Ingenuity model right now for the same reason.
And I will warn you that if you get into this, it can be quite addicting. I have reached the point where display space is an issue, so...
Good luck and have fun!
This is the set I picked up and the tabs fit. The long slotted square I have only used twice but the two times it was perfect.
Pretty sure the days of Hot Toys having value are long gone, like everything else collectible the market is saturated with it.
Seems to me the only factor is how you want them displayed. Most people seem to hang them on the wall, or maybe figure something out such as with a bookcase. Those people want to display it with the graphics, and there's really nothing those are going to do out of the box that they aren't doing now.
If you wanted to put them in a display case, then you'd probably want them opened. https://www.amazon.com/Ikee-Design-Organizer-Adjustable-Dividers/dp/B06XWN5VP4 or I've seen some people get these cabinets like https://www.amazon.com/Shooter-Display-Cabinet-Protection-Cherry/dp/B001AYYI9Y for the 3 inch figures and such.
The Beadsmith Double Nylon Jaw Chain Nose Pliers, 4.75 inches (120mm), Black PVC Comfort Grip Handle, with Double Leaf Spring, protects wire when bending and looping https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00270YUKC/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_FRZZXG6RPVE6W55BA5JX
It's just the normal google translate app, available for both android and iphone. It's insanely handy if you're on vacation too. But the thing is to set it to the right language. This is Japanese, not Chinese.
I also find it on Amazon which saves shipping costs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09PHHHKMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Small hobby cutters, tweezers and a tab bending cylinder tool are all you really need. Maybe some UV glue for mistakes or to secure any wobbly pieces. Also some magnification glasses too. You can get more tools as you feel you need them but I really can’t stress how much of a value the tab bending tool is. Well worth the couple dollars.
12 Metal DIY Model Kits Tool Including 7 Metal Model Long Edge Bending Tools Tab Twisting Tool Cylinder Cone Shape Bend Assist Tool 1 Clipper 4 Metal Tweezers for 3D Metal Jigsaw Puzzles Assembly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XQQYB4P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_KYDP348ACFDZK64T9CPQ
This is the best tool I’ve found by far for cutting the pieces out:
It can get completely flush with the pieces and cut the metal with very little effort. They took me from needing a couple minutes to cut out a piece to a couple seconds.
this has gotten me through everything i’ve built so far which is only 7-8 models. the ‘cone cylinder tab bender’ or whatever is BY FAR my most used tool. it’s the pointy metal rod with a slot at the end to twist and bend tabs.
If you have a couple of these it is really not that big a deal.
The D23 Castle is currently listed on Amazon.
I had a chat with the seller about selling for less, they turned down a lower offer
These are what I used. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08XM6MTTS?psc=1
I had to cut them down a little since 12" was a little to big to fit inside the cabinet.
You can add acrylic shelves. I used M6 U-shaped cable bolts (link for example : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0816RRGJJ/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_ABN93XAWSX286V1RN5HA). You screw 4 ones on the Detolf cables at the height you want to place the shelf. I ordered for A3 (30x42cm) acrylic’s sheets 4mm thick. You cut 3 extra cm so you get a 30x39 cm acrylic shelf that you can put on the the 4 cable bolts. It’s safe and good looking and you double the display surface of your Detolf cabinet.
I'd love to get it but when shipping is more than the product it makes me hesitant to buy it
But I found it on https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/Rogue-Story-AT-ACT-Metallic-Puzzle/dp/B01MZB178C
To be honest, mine are nothing special, just something I grabbed out of the bathroom years ago, which look like the second from the left in this set. They don’t need to be super beefy or meant to handle extreme force, as for what I use them for just involves numerous small bends/adjustments to make cones.
Get one of these.
6 Pieces Metal Model Kits Tool Sets, Edges Tabs Cylinder Cone Shape Bending Assist Tools for DIY 3D Metal Puzzles Assemble Model Kits for Adults Teens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089NHJY5B/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_MGEH9GE2YKBN10X9NVGE
It makes much better twist connections than you can do with pliers or tweezers.
Twists are almost always more stable than bends. Use them anywhere the joint isn't visible.
And twist in opposing directions on alternating tabs.
This is the one I might soon get https://www.amazon.com/Piececool-Battleship-Liaoning-Aircraft-Building/dp/B0953394SV/ref=mp_s_a_1_14?crid=25CZ6QK1AXBU4&keywords=metal+model+battleship&qid=1640492779&sprefix=metal+model+battleship%2Caps%2C67&sr=8-14
These are the ones I got, but apparently they're no longer available. I guess they only went up to 12mm.
Hotop 30 Pieces 304 Stainless Steel Round Rods Bar Assorted Stainless Steel Solid Round Rod Diameter 1.5-12 mm for DIY Craft Model Plane Model Ship Cars, 100 mm in Length https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B094Z9NWT1/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_A5EW4PQY5EB2D7ZW5HDK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This stuff right here
A glass case will reduce it, and moreso if you use a brush strip to close gaps. https://www.amazon.com/Tooperze-Stripping-Weatherproof-Soundproof-Dustproof/dp/B084TZWFQV/ Not posting this to promote any specific product, just for an example and it's the first one I pulled.
But short of sealing them in some enclosure, you won't prevent it.
I'm intrigued by your description of round jawed pliers. Are you talking about something like this? If so I can see why that might be useful but also sort of difficult to use.
The only one I have seen of this model is on Amazon, but the price is quite ridiculous. Disney D23 Expo 2017 Metal Earth Gold Sleeping Beauty Caste LE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075LWZ1Q9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XPKQHHT0WG73MM5TZ6CZ
She is right about the eye strain. I'm probably 15 hours into an MU Optimus Prime and I've been having headaches.
I ordered one of these to hopefully relieve the strain. Less intense focusing, greater working distance, etc.
101Color Head Mount Magnifier Glasses with Detachable Ultra Bright LED Head Lamp - 5 Interchangeable Lenses: 1.0X, 1.5X, 2.0X, 2.5X, 3.5X Magnification https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R1NDBT/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_0WCVTVMEE334TZ2N7XVX
I grabbed these and the small ones work great. Strong and difficult to accidentally bend if I get a lityle over zealous
30 Pieces 304 Stainless Steel... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094Z9NWT1?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
i personally just use bookcases but something like this but hopefully something with a cheaper price would look good i think and would make it so you wouldnt have to dust much i think display case
I do almost everything with just a messy table, a bright LED lamp overhead and my bare eyes.
I’m getting this next:
I’ve also got a collection of screwdrivers that work as excellent mandrels for bending circles. Wider curves I usually do by eye, but I’m getting better at that stuff.
I also keep a bottle of superglue and a spray bottle with baking soda and water in it (accelerant to instantly set glue). That’s for those desperate moments when you have to rebend a piece too many times and it breaks off. It happened several times on my first couple kits, now I’ve gotten better at avoiding it, but some of these parts are incredibly fragile and don’t hold up to even a single mistake. And of course those are the ones without a spare.
I currently use this one because it's what I had lying around when I first thought of the idea.
However, it's a bit smaller than one page of the Metal Earth instructions so I'd like to move up to the next size someday. Not a deal breaker, but I have to adjust the paper depending on if I'm working at the top of bottom. Just measure a page of the instructions, search Amazon for 'magnetic mat' and you'll find plenty of choices.
Another tip for you that I found extremely useful is to scan the page of the instructions that include the parts diagram to a pdf. Open the scan in Adobe reader and zoom in on just the parts diagram so that is all that shows on the screen. Then print, but choose 'Current View' which will be found under 'more options' where you usually select the pages to print. This will cause just the parts diagram to print on a full page (auto-zoomed). I then put the metal sheets on this separate page right on top of their corresponding diagram. This will eliminate the hassle of flipping back to the first page of the instructions every time you need to find a part which is annoying on a normal day, but infuriating when you have a bunch of small parts already clipped and laid out on the magnetic pad as described in my previous comment.
Ebay - Looks the same as what you want
Amazon - Looks the same as what you want
The large photo-etch benders make these long-style bends as easy as falling out of bed. They are expensive however. I don't use them too very often, but they make all the difference for me on builds with long bends.
Trumpeter Photo Etched Parts Bender, Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B845A6Q/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_S62NDG8F10Q3GXD1DTXW
i have a pair of these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006N73BU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
these things also exist however i dont have one https://www.amazon.com/Cylinder-Bending-Multi-functional-Puzzles-Assembly/dp/B08NX5DH9C/ its like a long slotted deal for long bends like that.
This https://www.amazon.com/Including-Twisting-Cylinder-Tweezers-Assembly/dp/B08XQQYB4P/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=12+pcs+metal+model+tools&qid=1632181142&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExV0c3TERJTEc2WU... haven’t use the stuff yet but it looks like it’s high quality
Hope this isn't to late but if you can avoid these. The rounded nose will actually frustrate you more trying to cut into tighter spaces.
I went with a pair of these https://www.amazon.com/Wire-Cutter-Precision-Electronics-Aluminum/dp/B0829TBFKN and the small straight edges makes cutting easy like a hot knife in butter
I got it as part of a toolkit I bought when I first started with these models. I honestly don't use it that often.
17 Pieces Metal Puzzle Tool Set Tool DIY Metal Model Kits Tools Tab Edge Cylinder Cone Shape Bending Assist Tools for 3D Metal Jigsaw Puzzles Assembly Basic Model Building, Repairing and Fixing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096DT59T7/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_SGVD374ND4EQ201259VJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have these https://www.amazon.com/Wrapping-Mandel-Working-Jewelry-Forming/dp/B07M7DBKQP/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=step+mandrel&qid=1628682045&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzUDdORjBLUUk4NEZCJmVuY3J5cHRlZElk...
I picked these up from Amazon and have been awesome when forming tubes. They come in a pack of 30, but at least you'll have 2 sets of spares.
30 Pieces 304 Stainless Steel Round Rods Bar Assorted Stainless Steel Solid Round Rod Diameter 1.5-12 mm for DIY Craft Model Plane Model Ship Cars, 100 mm in Length https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094Z9NWT1/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_SFNDJF18PQAYTHW962T2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I'm new to metal earth, but while researching mandrels, I found a set of Stainless Steel Round Rods of assorted diameters. They're all 100mm in length (4in) and have a diameter of 1.5mm up to 12mm. Figured these would be perfect for shaping.
I’m assuming you have your reasons for using magnetic cubes but in case you don’t, here are some “number blocks” we got for my son who was obsessed with them as well. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000URL296/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_DEXHC3875XNSXQSPBDA1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you zoom in on the picture you can see the plexiglass shelves i use i got off Amazon. They are a bit pricey but I think they are worth it.
Currently out of stock.
Not bad, but these are things that exist:
Full Circle Control Alt Clean 3-in-1 Electronics Cleaning Brush Set and Screen Wiper
OXO Good Grips Cleaning Brush for Electronics, Pack of 2
The rubber tip is VERY handy for tiny nooks and when you need more pressure than a brush. Great for electronics too, where a foam brush may get torn up.
The larger ones are yes. I use a set of sculpting tools to reach the tabs that are in there. You can at least fold them then. These are a good example. They need to have the narrow shafts as well.
HTS 152D5 5 Pc Stainless Steel Scraper Wax & Clay Sculpting Tool Set https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01C7X7D2U/ref=cm_sw_r_u_apa_fabc_R681SKMQ131BE3276D6B
Just take your time.
'Dry fit' pieces before you start bending.
You don't always have the follow the instructions for bending/twisting a tab. Often twisting is much easier to do, but since it'll stick out more, be sure its either not gonna hit another piece, or look weird.
As I said in another comment, planes always are tough with the fuselage. Because its such a curved piece that usually has to attach at the bottom, or have other things attach to it while its curved.
Also remember, they're metal. Many times if you mess up, you can just straighten it or bend it the other way again. If not... glue.
Good tools help...
I have these pliers. Small, flat (no grip) jewelers pliers. They're the perfect size for tabs.
When you need to round pieces, just find random objects that match the size... pencils, sharpies, etc. If it fits it works!
Ohh boy have I got the tool for you. Tweezer nosed pliers! I got a set from Xuron off of Amazon. Tiny tweezer-like jaws with full sized plier grip. Allows for a lot of force to be applied, and really helps hold those tiny pieces when doing small bends. Honestly I use them like, 80% of the time when building anymore, they’re basically my go-to tool.
Here is the link to them if you’re interested.
I use these mandrels that are meant for jewelry making: (https://www.amazon.com/Wrapping-Mandel-Working-Jewelry-Forming/dp/B07M7DBKQP/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=mandrels+for+jewelry+making&qid=1609688323&sprefix=mandrels&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVy...)
But like said earlier, drill bits or dowels of different sizes work as well I just wanted something a little cleaner.
What about using something like the cone tips in this set? https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Grinding-Accessories-Jewelry-Lapidary/dp/B07ZQ8GPVY/ref=sr_1_27?crid=VU9TLQGEDRDE&dchild=1&keywords=rotary+coarse+abrasive+cone+shape&qid=1609579738&s=hi&sprefix=cone+rotary+%2Ctools%2C212&sr=1-27
These cut perfect every time Knipex side cutters
I recommend these, I've been using them for the metal earth models for some time and they are still cutting as well as the day I purchased them, worth every penny!
I bought these a little while ago and they are great.
GodHand Nipper PN-125 GH-PN-125 for Plastic Models https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07NWBG938/ref=cm_sw_r_u_apa_fabc_7kkUFbBFVWJ92?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Not anymore, as I’m a perfectionist, and I didn’t like the way a number of my domes had appeared on previous builds, so I invested in a doming kit like this one on Amazon. I got mine at Harbor Freight.
It’s useful for builds like this, as well as for builds with spherical elements. For example BB-8 or the Death Star. It also helps make the final product look more round versus having sharp corners on seams or inconsistent bends. I’ve got those two builds posted here on r/metalearth and can be found on my profile also if you want to take a look, and maybe you’ll find that you might want one as well.
Took me a little amazon searching but here's the link for the ones I bought. They work great but I recall needing to WD-40 the hinge right when I got them. Ymmv.
Well i bought these sculpting tools in 2016 to help with building and i can not build without them now. They are great when getting into those hard to reach places to bend a tab over when you just can not twist it.
Squadron Products Sculpting Set, 4-Piece https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000CDR5J4/ref=cm_sw_r_u_apa_i_SRDFFbJR335H9
I use these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00449APZS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_mEwxFbBYY61RB
I have several sets, and can stack as many together as I need. The shallow one works great for the metal sheets and instructions. Some models fit in the normal size, but there is a ribbon carrier that will hold larger in-progress models. I used one of the ribbon carriers and cut pieces of foam to make a good tool carrier/organizer. I am migraining today, but I can send you pictures sometime so you can see it.
There are many similar stands on Amazon, just search for solar rotating display stand. This is the particular one I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UR2YYMQ
I used jewelry tools for years, worked great. The only other tools I would suggest is this little set from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MY984WY/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_3hUYEbDV40R29
The pencil-looking one is invaluable for twisting or bending tabs in hard to reach places.
Hello and welcome! Feel free to post any models you make along the way, you never know who it may help, and at the very least it will help bolster confidence in this new hobby. If you already have the three piece set, you’re certainly well on your way. Everyone has their own ideas about what the perfect tool set should be, but when it gets right down to it, if it works for you and helps make your models easier, more power to you!
That said, I personally used the three piece set for probably my first 20 models. After that I found I needed some smaller tweezer nose pliers as well, for helping shape/fold/grip very small pieces, the set I bought was from Xuron, linked here on Amazon.
After a while the edge of my flush cutters started to go dull from use, so I did some research into the hardest edged flush cutters I could hope to get, and ended up getting these chrome vandium steel (high carbon content means a stronger metal) with induction hardened edge, linked here on Amazon.
Beyond that, a drill bit set (already had it on hand) for rolling different sized cylinders, some 5-second-fix UV activated glue (plastic) to help with loose or broken connections, a fine tipped pair of rigid tweezers (this tool helps with conical shapes), and I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I laid down about $45 USD on a doming set for helping to make more “round” domes, but I realistically got by for a long time without that particular tool.
Hope that all helps some, have fun!
First, be careful with those. More than one of us have cut ourselves on the sharp edges on those pliers. I am partial to the Xuron brand of tools. I use their tweezer-nose pliers and their flush cutter, both available on Amazon:
Xuron LX Micro-Shear Flush Cutter
Shipwreck Beads Stainless Steel Chain Nose Jewelry Pliers
Search Five Second Fix on Amazon. Not sure if it's of the same quality as Lazer Bond, but transparency? Absolutely.
Or can stick with Lazer Bond since it came up in my search.