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Arron Davison09/08/2010 11:07:01
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Can anyone write me a list of the tools i need to build a plane from plans? Just so i dont forget nothing thanks for your time.
Bruce Richards09/08/2010 11:29:14
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This thread has some good suggestions.
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/08/2010 14:18:35
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That's certain a good list - but I would add a few items:
a pin vice and a good selection of drill bits from the very small 0.5mm - upto say 6mm.
A decent power minidrill is not a luxury - its a very practical and useful tool.
A collection of clamps; sash clamps (about 6" is right) and some spring and G clamps.
A couple of good sets of pliers for wire bending
A decent bench top vice
A soldering iron (min 50W) is useful for making up undercarriages.
Along with the stuff in the other thread that should get you well underway.
kc09/08/2010 19:27:56
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I have not used any of the things BEB advises except pliers on my latest model!  Each to their own!    ( He who dies with the most tools wins! )
My list is 

Scalpel preferably retractable……Swan Morton Retractaway with  spare 10A blades
Stanley knife with new blade  (retractable is preferable )
T headed pins ( proper modelling type ) dont use glass headed ones whch break and penetrate your thumb! plus a few map pins with large plastic heads
Sanding blocks either homemade or far better a Permagrit block.  Just the ‘wedge’ block is all you really need
Straightedge (steel …as long as possible )  or a length of straight aluminium T section
Ruler, steel 12inch with clear markings in millimetres and inches
Try Square 4 inch or 6 inch ( a cheap engineers square will be more accurate than a good carpenters square!…different British Standards! )
Plastic set square large and small. 
Fretsaw either hand or an inexpensive electric one is not much more.  A coping saw might suffice instead.
Midget hacksaw or preferable a razor saw.
Razor plane
SLEC clamps ( rubber band type ) & a few clothespegs ( traditional style )
a few needle files assorted shapes  especially a 1/8 square file.  Cheap type are OK on wood
triangular file ( high quality ) to cut piano wire.
Screwdrivers especially No1 & No 0 Posidrive (for servo screws)
A hand drill or an electric drill & drill bits in .5 mm steps to 6.5mm
Long nose pliers
A carpenters bench hook (make it yourself )
Cutting mat….can be piece of hardboard or lino tile or proper self healing type
Bench or something to work on.  A Workmate or a clone can be handy..
3 standard size hacksaw blades.  Bolt 2, or 3 together to cut slots in balsa, make handle from tape.
Aliphatic glue and thin cyano.
Building board.  Try a piece of plasterboard which takes pins nicely.  ( look for offcuts in builders skips!  must be dead flat )

Desirable extras.

Dovetail or gents saw or fine tenon saw or japanese type pullsaw
Bench with carpenter vice
Engineers vice fitted on stout block to mount in caprpenters vice to keep worktop clear when not used.
Wire bender
'pearl catcher' gadget to grip tiny screws etc. ( from Maplin , Proops etc )

Edited By kc on 09/08/2010 20:00:33

Barrie Dav 210/08/2010 08:09:49
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Anyone mention a pack of sticking plasters and a damp cloth to wipe up the blood droplets...........  
Peter Miller10/08/2010 08:52:10
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Clamps of all sorts including clthes pegs and bulldog clips. if you see one lying round...grab it.
Small soldering iron 12 watt for soldering servo leads. You sometimes want to extend them.
A proper wire bender. You can't bend 8 gauge wire with anything else.
A "Z" bender to make the ends of wires to connect to servos.
A larger scalpel handle and blades, Size 4 handle.
And models always fly better if you bleed on them accidentally.
Stephen Grigg10/08/2010 15:54:42
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And if your like me the tool box starts in the hall goes into the lounge thrugh the kitchen into the dining room up the stairs into the bathroom following on into the bedroom back down stairs onto the patio and the tool box is full of the parts you might need but never will
kc10/08/2010 19:10:54
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Some other handy items are

rat tail file ..a tapered round file for enlarging holes. Tapered from 1/4 to 5/16  (6mm to 8mm )

flat engineers files  Can be used on wood,.as the great Vic Smeed said " it is not cabinetmakers cricket but it works "

a set of small1/4 drive sockets. Metric plus AF and if possible BA sizes, Very cheap at supermarkets at the moment but metric & AF only.  Quality seems adequate for light use

Micro torch for soldering. Uses lighter fuel
kc11/08/2010 09:12:22
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One near essential item was forgotten......
Hinge Slotting gadget.  either the simple jig from SLEC or the Sullivan / Dubro jig with V shaped cutter tool and hook tool.
This is very rarely mentioned in build articles but helps greatly to get the hinges in line and does it very quickly.  So although you could build without it, this jig is really an essential.
As with all tools, buy them one at a time and learn how to use them properly.
Stephen Grigg11/08/2010 16:59:44
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With this thread in mind Ive been doing a bit of tidying trying to get the tools in some sort of manageable easy to find order.So Ive the spanners in one box ,screwdrivers in another,but im still working on it.
Arron Davison11/08/2010 17:46:56
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Cheers guys that is great iv already got the kitchen sink!!!
Arron Davison11/08/2010 17:48:33
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Ok then what do you lot take to the field in ur flight boxes so you have all you need when your flying??
Bruce Richards11/08/2010 18:24:43
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Fuel, hand pump 2 glow sticks 2 cross head and 2 flat blade screwdrivers. chicken Stick, 12v battery, electric starter pliers long nose, knife sticky tape, cable ties, spare glow plugs, glow plug spanner, selection of nuts bolts horns and other bits and pieces all in a backy tin, elastic bands various, hat, suntan cream, drink, food, Tx, field charger, lots of lipos, PTFE tape, 5 Min epoxy, spare prop or two, adjustable spanner, bag of crisps, first aid kit, set of alen keys, small flat blade for low end needle adjustment, fuel tube, Sun glasses, neck strap. Then then is all the old junk that just accumulates in the bottom of my flight box.
Oh and a model or two of cause.

Edited By Bruce Richards - Moderator on 11/08/2010 18:24:55

Edited By Bruce Richards - Moderator on 11/08/2010 18:26:26

Erfolg11/08/2010 18:27:40
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Has any one mentioned double edged Gillete blade, preferably blunt?
Myron Beaumont11/08/2010 20:03:13
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Pencil ?
Bruce Richards11/08/2010 20:42:00
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Myron Beaumont11/08/2010 20:58:16
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Bin bag?
inspector956611/08/2010 21:20:53
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everyone's forgotten the coffee
Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator11/08/2010 23:31:04
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In the flight box eh?
Well....(looks down at flight box on the floor).... electric starter, fuel, power panel, glow stick, mat for kneeling on, peg (I'm 2.4 but the club still insists on pegs), 4 red flags, a model restraint, J cloth, wet-wipes, 12v 7Ah Pb-acid battery, erm...(pokes underneath) several dead glow plugs, a plug wrench, an old exhaust extention from God alone knows when, a pair of fingerless gloves - for the winter, flying glasses - for the summer (ha!), lots of odd nuts and bolts of various (unknown) sizes that have "gathered" at he bottom, the wrapper off a Corish Pasty.
(Opens drawer and examines contents)... a Stanley knife, two small sets of Allen keys on plastic holders, cable ties, set of jeweller's screwdrivers, two flat blade scewdriers, one cross blade screw driver, butane powered soldering iron (but no solder or lighter!), elastic bands - various, a gazzillion spare glow plugs (mainly of types I don't use anymore!), CA adhedsive, UHU-Por, small bottle that I used to use for priming engines when I was going through that "phase", pair of long nose pliers, more miscellanious nut and bolts - all loose.
NO wonder it weighs a ton! I really must try to sort it out one day - but it sort of feels like "homely" if you know what I mean! An old friend.
Arron Davison12/08/2010 16:53:59
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Fair play!!!!!!!!!!!!

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