My Tools

The most common questions I seem to revolve around the tools I am currently using to make my models.

Here is the complete list of tools I use on most of my kits, I've listed the tools in each category by the frequency that I use them.

If you're interested in purchasing any of the tools listed here please consider buying them through my Amazon links just click the picture. Every purchase helps me out tremendously and doesn't cost you a dime!


Light duty nippers

Tamiya Sharp Pointed Side Cutter - Great for fine work when cutting cleanly with minimal stress on very thin plastic is required; durability leaves something to be desired.

Premium Nippers

Hobby Knive


Thin Cement

Tamiya extra thin - unlike "normal" plastic cement thin cement flows into crevices via capillary action making application super easy (for me at least) one bottle should last for many, many models.


Mr.Cement - If Tamiya's Thin cement is a scalpel then Mr. Cement is a hammer. That being said it's not as clean or neat, but it does a good job holding parts especially pla-plate in place.


Liquid putty

Mr.Dissolved Putty - Is applied with a paint brush and flows into defects in the plastic this is often a great way to clean up after fusing a seam line or fill out low points. In many ways it's similar to a very thick primer.


Tamiya White Putty - This is your typically 1 part putty that is applied and hardens over the course of a few hours. I prefer using the white color over the grey because the grey color can slightly discolor certain bright colors and white.


Fine File

 Mr. Hobby file fine - a lightweight semi-flexible file that's great for removing nubs and light reshaping duty. I prefer to use a file on flat geometric shapes to retain their edges.

Sanding Files Finishing

Wave Sanding Sticks Finishing- These are very fine sanding pads so fine in that they're not given a grit rating. These files are good for polishing plastic or paint. 

Coarse File 

Mr. Hobby file coarse - Substantially thicker and sturdier than the fine file. This tool quickly chews through plastic and is very useful when reshaping pla-plate and kit bashing. I don't recommend using this file for standard kit builds.


Guide Tape

Dymo label tape - This stiff tape is a fantastic way to keep your panel line scriber where it should be.

Basic Panel Line Scriber

Tamiya panel line scriber 2 - This panel line scriber is the introductory tool most modelers will start with, and it's a good choice. It's easy to use and includes additional blades. The only down size with this tool is that it can only create one width of panel

Panel Line Chisels 

BMC Chisels Various Sizes - BMC produces a variety of tungsten tipped chisels for model builders that are perfect for creating panel lines. I currently own 5 chisels from this line .15mm, .2mm, .5mm, .6mm and 1mm. the .15mm and .2mm are the most useful chisels of the lot as the .15mm chisel creates perfect 1/144 scale panel lines and the .2mm chisel creates excellent 1/100 scale panel lines.

Because of the material and quality these chisels can be very expensive ranging from $15 to $35 per chisel! They are also frequently out of stock. I don't recommend purchasing the separate handles for these chisels as I very seldom use them.



Various - I use various paint brushes purchased from my local art supply stores. I prefer chisel tip brushes.

Standard Colors - Mr.Hobby

Various- I use Mr.Hobby or Mr. color paints on my kits. I like these paints because they're widely avaiable from sites like ModelGrade, Gundam Planet and Amazon. I typically thin Mr.Color in a ration of 4 parts paint to 6 parts thinner.

Metallic Colors - Gaia Notes

Various- Gaianotes can be hard to purchase in the US. Tatsu hobby carried many colors for a while, but the last time I check their site they were sold out of nearly every color. You're best bet is to use ebay and purchase these from overseas. You can use Mr.Color Thinner with Gaia Notes paint.

Thinner - Mr. Color Thinner

Various- Nothing too special here. I will use Mr. Leveling thinner with colors that I want to appear glossy, particularly metal colors.

Primer - Mr. Surfacer 1000 grit

1000 Grit Surfacer- It's a good compromise for a primer, it has enough filling power to level out small scratches but still leaves a smooth surface for paint. If you need to have a super glossy surface try out 1200 or 1500 grit primers instead.

Panel Lining Wash

Tamiya's panel lining wash is an enamel based product that can leave beautiful clean lines when used properly. It comes in several different colors, but I use the black wash most often. 

Air Brushes

Iwata Eclipse HP-CS


Badger Aspire Pro

Measuring pipettes

3ml pipettes (disposable)

Pipettes - I have been using pipettes since 2010 they make measuring, moving and mixing paint a breeze. They also hold up well to the lacquer paint and thinner.


  1. Do you thin your gaia metallics at the same ratio as mr color? Thanks!

    1. I typically start at a 1:1 ratio and add more thinner from there

  2. Are the Wave Soft Finish sticks similar to nail buffer blocks? Can you use these on painted parts to help fix orange peel and other minor defects after painting?

    1. Very similar. I think the GunPrimer Balancers are probably closest to functionality. And yes if wet sanding these would work very well for fixing orange peel.

  3. Do you still only own those five chisels or have you had a reason to further expand? Thank you.

    1. I have picked up a few more, and broken the .15 twice. It's mostly just to try the for different reasons. If You told me I Could only own three BMCs today I'd probably pick a .2, .5 and 1mm.

  4. Do the Wave Soft Finish sticks have similarities to nail buffer blocks? Furthermore, can they be utilized on painted surfaces to alleviate minor defects such as orange peel?


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