|Oct 16, 2012, 01:44 PM|
Tools For Building Balsa Planes And More
You can't build without tools. So here is a list I started putting together many moons ago. If you see something I am missing, please feel free to post it and I'll add it to the list. Of course you don't have to have all of these, but I have found many of these tools to be very useful.
I was also thinking about bolding the "must-haves" but not sure if I need to worry about that.
Allen (Hex) Wrenches (Metric)
Allen (Hex) Wrenches (SAE)
CA Tips (Pipette)…
Dremel Tool (Cordless)
Fourmost Miter Cut
Fourmost Miter Sander
Great Planes Easy-Touch Bar Sander 11"
Great Planes Easy-Touch Hand Sander 5.5"
Great Planes Easy-Touch Sandpaper 150 Grit
Great Planes Easy-Touch Sandpaper 220 Grit
Great Planes Multi-Sander
Great Planes Pro Building Board 16x36x3/4"
Hayes Large Clamp 4"
Hayes Small Clamp 1-3/8" (2)
Heat shrink tubing, multiple sizes
Hot Glue Gun
House of Balsa Upright 90 Degree Alignment Jig
Masking tape various widths
Master Air Screw Balsa Stripper
Master Air Screw Razor Plane
Metal straightedge 36"
Mircobubbles or sawdust
Parchment paper, Saran wrap, Wax paper
Pro-Edge Speed Clamp 4"
Prop Balancer (used between two magnets)
Rulers 6" 12" and 24"
Sanding blocks (Permagrit is top of the line)
Scalpel with #23 blades
Seam binding/ Hinge tape (3M Blenderm)
Small Drill Bits
Soldering Iron or Soldering Gun
Thread or fishing line
Toothpicks, round and flat
Tweezers large and small
Weights; sandbags, steel plates, lead shot, etc
Zona Berna Clamp Small
Zona Miter Box
Zona Razor Saw 42T/in
|Oct 16, 2012, 02:16 PM|
When you buy Exacto saws,or Zona saws......Get the ones with the teeth set to cut when PULLING toward you.
You can cut much straighter,with less force...'Tear out" is reduced to a minimum.And it's just easier to do.
Use a handle whenever possible,which gives you more control,also.And give the saw a chance to cut....too much pressure is harmful to a smooth cut..Let the saw work it's way through,without force.
A HOT GLUE GUN ? Really,Frank ? A HOT GLUE GUN?...l o l.
|Oct 16, 2012, 02:22 PM|
|Oct 16, 2012, 05:30 PM|
Pretty complete list. Have a lot of that stuff.
Thought my xacto saw was funky only worked when pulling it I actually prefer it that way works great.
I have used a glue gun to hold wires, servos for added support etc. It does come in handy sometimes. Besides I like the spider web strings it makes
|Oct 16, 2012, 05:38 PM|
I'm here to learn.....I thought hot glue was frowned upon,from it's use in the imported aircraft...So do we use it for any permanent use ?
By the way,Frank...Do you also have a list of adhesives ?
With your excellent listings of kits and tools,I can't wait !
|Oct 16, 2012, 05:43 PM|
I don't but I haven't been building as long as you guys. Of course used it on foam planes too but mainly for the same thing. Wires, servos etc.
On fuel planes not so sure as I would worry about the vibration.
|Oct 16, 2012, 05:53 PM|
Oh, OH.... Looks like some one is cheating and assembling ARF's.
|Oct 17, 2012, 03:56 AM|
|Oct 17, 2012, 10:53 AM|
Great idea for a separate thread with a comprehensive list of adhesives and tips on their selection and application.
BTW, another tool for your list is a tip from EJ: an infrared thermometer for precisely setting the temperature of adjustable covering irons.
And I didn't see sandbags.
|Oct 17, 2012, 12:21 PM|
|Oct 17, 2012, 05:45 PM|
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