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RTL Fasteners Master Builder Assortment #5000 Review

Ever go frustratedly rummaging around in the parts bin looking for the perfect split washer for your 8/32 bolt? Never again! Jeff Williams introduces you to the RTL Fasteners Master Builder Assortment #5000!

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Introduction

There comes a time in every hobbiest's evolution when he turns from the scattered "wonder where I put that" workshop organization to the methodical "the 2/56 x 1" bolts are in the top bin, 3rd spot from the bottom.” I have progressively been trying to become the latter, knowing where parts are, when I need them, having them sorted into specific sizes rather than "small screws, not small screws, big screws and bigger screws."

Ever sit down to build a kit and get to a point and realize you don't have that 2/56 socket head screw you need? Ever go rummaging around in the parts bin looking for the perfect split washer for your 8/32 bolt? What about a nylon lock nut for a 4/40 bolt? Never again! Let me introduce to you the RTL Fasteners Master Builder Assortment #5000!


Manufacturer:RTL Fasteners
Available From:RTL Fasteners
Retail Price:$129.95"

Kit Contents

The folks at RTL have put together what is quite possibly the end all of fastener assortments. What does the Master Builder 5000 come with? Do you have a minute?

Socket Head Cap Screws:

  • 2-56x1/4" 24 pcs
  • 2-56x3/8" 24 pcs
  • 2-56x1/2" 24 pcs
  • 2-56x3/4" 24 pcs
  • 2-56x1" 12 pcs
  • 4-40x1/4" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x3/8" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x1/2" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x5/8" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x3/4" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x1" 24 pcs
  • 4-40x1-1/4" 12 pcs
  • 4-40x1-1/2" 12 pcs
  • 6-32x1/2" 24 pcs
  • 6-32x5/8" 24 pcs
  • 6-32x3/4" 24 pcs
  • 6-32x1" 24 pcs
  • 6-32x1-1/4" 12 pcs
  • 6-32x1-1/2" 12 pcs
  • 8-32x3/4" 12 pcs
  • 8-32x1" 12 pcs
  • 8-32x1-1/4" 12 pcs
  • 8-32x1-1/2" 12 pcs

Nylon Insert Lock Nuts:

  • 2-56 100 pcs
  • 4-40 100 pcs
  • 6-32 100 pcs
  • 8-32 50 pcs

Hex Nuts:

  • 2-56 100 pcs
  • 4-40 100 pcs
  • 6-32 100 pcs
  • 8-32 50 pcs

Blind Nuts:

  • 4-40 12 pcs
  • 6-32 12 pcs
  • 8-32 12 pcs

Servo Mounting Screws ("The screw with a million uses"):

  • #2x7/16" 24 pcs
  • #2x9/16" 24 pcs

Pan Head Phillips Sheet Metal:

  • #0x1/4" 50 pcs

Button Head Socket Drive Sheet Metal:

  • #2x3/8" 24 pcs
  • #2x1/2" 24 pcs
  • #4x1/2" 24 pcs
  • #4x3/4" 24 pcs

Flat Washers:

  • #0 50 pcs
  • #2 100 pcs
  • #4 100 pcs
  • #6 100 pcs
  • #8 50 pcs

Lock (Split) Washers:

  • #2 100 pcs
  • #4 100 pcs
  • #6 100 pcs
  • #8 50 pcs

Four Adjustable Organizers with 18 compartments

  • Telescoping Magnetic pickup Tool
  • Total Pieces = 2,124

Assembly

Yes, assembly. When the MB5000 arrives, all the parts are presorted into nice zip bags. If you wish to use the 4 organizers that come with the setup, there is some minor assembly. The guys at RTL have really thought this out. They even include a “how to organize your organizers" for those of us who are really disorganized (I used their template).

The whole process from zip bag to completely organized took about 15 minutes. I figure that alone will save me hours of time in searching for that "4/40 1.5" socket cap screw I know I had laying in that box next to the epoxy."

Basics

All the parts are labeled and ready to be sorted into their organizer boxes.

We have a large assortment of washers from #0 to #8 in both flat and split washers.

Screws, screws and more screws. The variety of screws in the package ranges from small servo mounting screws to button head sheet metal screws. Chance are, if you need a screw, it's here.

We have 2/56 sized fasteners.

There are 4/40 sized nuts and bolts.

A gaggle of 6/32 size equipment.

Certainly last (only because they are the largest) and not least - a family of 8/32 bits.

Once you have them all organized, they take up very little shop space and stack very nicely in the organizer boxes provided.

Conclusion

What else is there to say about screws and nuts? This is the most complete package I've come across. It's very simple - if you are a model builder, this kit is for you. I have had this setup in my possession for a very short amount of time and have already called on it numerous times. It is everything you need to get your micro and medium fasteners together, organized and at the ready.

RTL has even included a magnetic wand for pulling parts out of the bins and it also comes in extremely handy when you drop that servo mounting screw down into the belly of your new beast. I got a neon pink wand which stands out very well and is easy to find. I do not know if they thought about this before picking the color, but I like the pink!

Pluses

  • 2,124 pieces
  • Organization template
  • High Quality pieces

Minuses

  • Zero!
Last edited by Angela H; Sep 29, 2007 at 07:59 PM..

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Old Sep 29, 2007, 10:12 PM
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Just my preference.

129.95?
At an average .07 cents a piece (plus shipping and maybe taxes),
I'd rather buy the parts at True Value or Ace Hardware for .08 - .18 each and not have 1900 peices that I don't need or may never use. I have the same type storage boxes (4) that I got at the dollar store. My telescoping magnetic pocket tool from Harbor Freight $1.99.
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Old Sep 29, 2007, 10:14 PM
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Isn't it great that we all have options?
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Old Sep 30, 2007, 12:19 AM
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Just my preference.

129.95?
At an average .07 cents a piece (plus shipping and maybe taxes),
I'd rather buy the parts at True Value or Ace Hardware for .08 - .18 each and not have 1900 peices that I don't need or may never use. I have the same type storage boxes (4) that I got at the dollar store. My telescoping magnetic pocket tool from Harbor Freight $1.99.

This is true, but Tru-Value isn't open at 2AM when you discover you need another 4-40 buttonhead!

I'll be picking one of these soon.

Mike
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Old Sep 30, 2007, 01:13 AM
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Nice collection, but I would still have to go hunting for the little metric screws for mounting motors....seems they could thrown in a few of them.
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Old Sep 30, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Well, they do offer a complete metric set as well..

http://rtlfasteners.com/RC/992.html
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Old Sep 30, 2007, 07:20 PM
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This is nice, but don't forget they have competition from Micro Fasteners.
http://www.microfasteners.com/catalo...ucts/ASTSA.cfm

You can get 2-56, 4-40, 6-32, 8-32, and 10-32 starter sets. All 5 sets for less than $100. They come with the little organizer boxes also. I got the 4-40, 6-32, and 8-32 starter sets from them and have used some of every size.
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Old Oct 01, 2007, 02:48 AM
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Metric?

With the proliferation of ARFs and motors from Europe and Asia surely metric has become the norm? Not so in the US? I've managed not to need anything with a US or British standard thread for years now.
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Old Oct 01, 2007, 02:54 AM
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Metric?

With the proliferation of ARFs and motors from Europe and Asia surely metric has become the norm? Not so in the US? I've managed not to need anything with a US or British standard thread for years now.
I ordered their metric set and sad to say it has very little in the way of what we use in the hobby now. One example no 3mm blind nuts? etc, etc
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Old Oct 01, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Bummer, wilscor..

Maybe someone aught to shoot them an e-mail and let them know what we'd rather see?
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Old Oct 01, 2007, 02:52 PM
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Good point about the price but I am at the point in my life where I have more $ than time. I'd much rather pay them to do the leg work for me and enjoy the benefits! Nice job guys!

My $0.02 -LY
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Old Oct 01, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Good point about the price but I am at the point in my life where I have more $ than time. I'd much rather pay them to do the leg work for me and enjoy the benefits! Nice job guys!

My $0.02 -LY
I bought the Master Builder 5000 as well. It might be a bit expensive but it sure is handy! I downloaded their suggested bin set up and put it into a word doc. I resized it and put it into the cover of the bins. If anyone wants a copy, send me a PM and I will send it as an attachment.

Thanks for the review Tram.

If you do order from RTL, email them and ask if they are running any promotions. I got 10% off by doing that.

David in NH
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Mines on the way, thanks tram.
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Mines on the way, thanks tram.
You will be glad you "bit the bullet" and heated up the ol' CC. You have no idea how convenient it is to have that many fasteners right next to you while building.

~25 miles each way to the LHS to find out they are out of stock until next week of everything I wanted happened too many times to me. Don't even ask how many different assortments I bought.

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Old Oct 02, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Last year I purchased the master builder assortment, the complete metric set, and the giant scale set. I have never regretted it. I use the stuff all the time. A great deal!!!
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