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I'm starting to do a little more work on my models now, and I need to decide what tools to purchase to do this. One thing I really can't decide on is if I should try and use a hand-cranked drill, a rotary tool (a Dremel or somesuch), or a regular power drill. The primary use I have in mind for this is for mounting magnets on my models to allow me to change wargear. For larger projects, I'm perfectly content to use my power drill. I'm concerned that this might be too big of a tool to use on a 2" tall miniature, however. Any advice people can share, or point me towards, would be greatly appreciated.
Also, if people have any handy tips on what I should buy, I would appreciate it. I intend on picking up a slightly more complete set of clippers, knives, and files. I also figure I will need to get some sculpting tools and tongs of some sort. Beyond this, I'm not sure what I might want.
Again, thanks again for any advice you can share.
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As for a drill I would highly suggest a variable speed dremel. The dremel tools that have like two or three speeds are ok, but I personally prefer the more expensive ones that have nearly unlimited range of speeds. Also, if you buy a dremel, then you can get another tool to connect to it which is like a long piece of metal tube that you can put the tools onto. I forget what it's called but it's easier to handle than the dremel itself when you are modifying a model.
Dentist tools tend to work best for sculpting, but you can actually find things all over your house already that are good for sculpting. I have used toothpicks, the reverse ends of brushes and forks to do some things before, even with a set of dental tools.
I think I would like to use a hand drill better than a dremel, I have a dremel, and quite frankly I would not put my hand too close to it while its runing... and since the models are so small, its hard to get around that without a vice. Not to mention I think my dremel even on the lowest setting would chew up a plastic model. And my dremel has 10 speeds.
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Personally i use a hand drill. The reason being I already had one . I find it really good. Projects like drilling holes for flying stands and the such are so much easier with a hand drill because you can stop the drill bit and handle the model without danger. Lastly with a hand drill you can easily vary the amount of weight placed on the model by adjusting your own weight, depending on the job.
I rarely use the hand drill on metal models so i can't tell you how this would work. There is probably some sort of metal drilling bit which would fix this.
Anyway, that is my 2 cents.
Iuse three. A pin vice for small delicate holes, a dremal for mid sized rough holes, then a power drill for huge modifications.
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I've got a nice high quality dremel and it's the best, especially when cutting into Resin or White Metal.
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Okay, it sounds like going for a high quality Dremel is probably a good idea. I'm not entirely sure how to word my next question, so I apologize if it's a big vague. How small of a detail can I realistically get with one of these? I imagine I could handle larger models (say a Dreadnought) fairly well with a Dremel. Putting a hole in an Eldar's arm, however, I'm not so sure about.
Also, I'm going to show my deep ignorance here, but what is a pin vice? I tried Googling it and about all I can figure out is that it's some sort of pin, with a handle, that makes holes. Is it a fairly obvious tool to use once you have one in your hand, or am I likely to stare at it in awed confusion ala 2001? About what size of hole would I want to use that for?
Thanks for all the good replies so far. It does sound like I'll probably end up going with both, so I'm going to do a bit of research on what Dremels are out there tommorow. ... It's a good thing I waited until I had an income to start this hobby.
You can work on pretty much anything metal with a dremel, or any of the larger plastic models, such as tanks and drednaughts. I wouldn't even attempt to go near a guardian or anything "man" sized with such a high powered tool. I play 40k and Fantasy both, and I would have to say that if you wish to do conversions on a lot of metals, then a dremel is invaluable.Okay, it sounds like going for a high quality Dremel is probably a good idea. I'm not entirely sure how to word my next question, so I apologize if it's a big vague. How small of a detail can I realistically get with one of these? I imagine I could handle larger models (say a Dreadnought) fairly well with a Dremel. Putting a hole in an Eldar's arm, however, I'm not so sure about.A pin vise is just a strange sounding name for a small hand powered drill that holds very small drill bits. You can pick one up at any hardware or department store for no more than five dollars usually.Also, I'm going to show my deep ignorance here, but what is a pin vice? I tried Googling it and about all I can figure out is that it's some sort of pin, with a handle, that makes holes. Is it a fairly obvious tool to use once you have one in your hand, or am I likely to stare at it in awed confusion ala 2001? About what size of hole would I want to use that for?
As for the size of the hole, it depends on the size of the drill bit. Now this is where this part gets expensive. The pin vise is cheap, but if you want really tiny bits, then they will cost you, and for the reallllly small bits you will have to go to a hobby store most of the time just to find them.
I bought all of my pin vise and bits stuff from a model airplane store in Monterey California and there are usually those kinds of stores lurking around any city of a decent size.You won't have much of an inheritence to leave your children when you die if you stay in this hobby.It's a good thing I waited until I had an income to start this hobby.
I use a Dewalt cordless drill with bits matched to all my different sizes of plastic rod.The speed is infinitely variable and controlled by trigger pressure,so you don't have to take your hand off what you are doing to change speeds.Easily drills through chaos marine hands to add icon poles.
Personally i use a hand drill for pinning and a no-name rotary tool with good dremel drills for other metal work - it's priceless.