The Tool Box

Working on a new kit gives me an excuse to tidy up, so I thought I'd set my tools and materials up for a quick photoshoot.


1. A mini-drill stand (Deeco) - The drill can be used separately and is by far very precise.

2. Plastic Separator - I got two of these, one included a kit, the other as a Dengeki freebie. Used to pry plastic loose without damaging them.

3. Hasegawa Etching Saws - for those refined cutting needs.

4. Trumpeter Rivet Maker (Lil's) - for making even rivet holes. Used specifically for scale models like planes and tanks, but I'm thinking VF-25J.

5. Rulers - I got a 12-inch clear and a 6-inch SS, as well as a 1-meter SS. Great for cutting pla plates.

6. Protractor - you'll never know when you'll need one, and I did, when making those retractable wings for the Impaler.

7. Mini-Router/Drill - Handy for most drilling and reshaping, but not that precise (at least this one isn't)

8. Side Cutters - The Yellow one (with cap) is handy for cutting thick plastics, the black one with red accents is handy for cutting wires. Both are from Deeco and are less than 50 kesos each. The smaller one is from Alexan, and is made of chromed steel (unlike the other two). This little devil is PERFECT for cutting those nasty nubs FLUSH, that I don;t even need my knife to trim the excess away, making sanding much easier. You can even use this to cut directly from the tree without that nasty overcut damage that eats INTO the plastic (which I used to get from the Tamiya green basic cutter regardless of what I do).

9. Compass - I got cheap ones and fitted one with the sharp needle of the other, for cutting circular shapes.

10. Mini Screw Drivers - These two were part of the Tamiya Basic I got years ago when I was still collecting and racing mini 4X4s.

11. File - I got a few of these (industrial types even), but I find the orange Tamiya basic the handiest of the bunch.

12. Tweezers - 'Nuff said.

13. Pin Vise - Sure, a drill is handy, but a pin vise is better and more precise in drilling those holes for metallic beads, or for fitting modifications.

14. Hobby/Design Knives - I got a few of these, but these two are my favorites. I forgot what brand they are but you can look for them at National Bookstore.

15. Tamiya Saw - for general purpose cutting.

16. Tajima Plastic Cutter - Cuts through thick pla plates like a hot knife through butter (I'm exaggerating, of course). Doubles as a scribing tool.

17. Standard Cutters - General purpose.

18. Scissors - for cutting thin pla plates.

19. Long nose Pliers - For getting those stuck plastic in crevices, and for holding a part for quick painting.

Brushes and paints and other stuff.

1. Tamiya Enamel Thinner

2. Tamiya Extra Thin Cement

3. Tamiya Acrylic Paints

4. Tamiya Acrylic Thinner

5. Tamiya Enamel Paints

6. Rotring 0.3 Technical Pen (planning to get a 0.2 and 0.1 as well)

7. Thin brushes for detailing - I usually try out different brands, and realized that even the cheaper sables are good enough.

8. Broad brushes - got these at National Bookstore CHEAP.

9. an old tooth brush for general cleaning, especially after stripping paint off plastics.

10. A standard paint brush, for dusting and general cleaning.

Materials and other stuff

1. Goggles (UBL) - to keep those nasty plastic dust away from your eyes

2. Sheet Magnifier (UBL) - for high detail work. I'm gonna rig this as a desktop attachment.

3. Table top magnifying glass - general purpose.

4. Plastic Beams - I stock up on these, from 1mm to 3 mm square and 3mm and 8mm round clear pipes. The square beams are perfect for scratch-building parts, along with,

5. Pla Plates - of various thickness. I usually have 0.3mm and 1.0mm (shown), but I've recently acquired a 0.5mm which is perfect for all around applications.


  1. Nice tutorial for newbies like me, matanglawin. few Q's though, Where did you buy those pla plates? and the rivet maker? From Phantom862

  2. lil's hobby, i only know one mall that has that stall in manila, in trinoma is it?
    is there otherplaces here i can find this hobby shop?

  3. There's one in Trinoma, SM Megamall A basement level and Park Square at Makati.

  4. are you using the technical pen for panel lining? what ink do you use? is it the ink intended for tech pens or you use the paint then put it on the technical pens?

  5. I use the ink intended for technical pens, mainly india ink. You can't use paint on technical pens because they will dry out when not in use.

  6. Where did you buy your pinvise?

  7. I got it from Lil's Hobby. If you're not from Manila, you can get it online from Hobby Search or Rainbow10.

  8. Great post. Really helps me in sourcing the tools needed for painting & mods. Its good that you were able to mention where you locally got this since I've no idea where to get some of them here in Manila (esp. the pla plates).

  9. hey sir, nice tutorials :)
    where did you buy the PIN VISE? i can't seem to find it...


  10. Depending on where you're at, you can get them from hobby shops or hardware stores. I got mine from Lil's Hobby Center.


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