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  • Member since
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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Modeling tools at Dollar Tree.
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 1:11 PM

I have usually used my local Dollar Tree for food and paper products, but happened to go through the Hardware isle the other day.  Saw several tools that would be great for modelers.  I bought a little six inch hacksaw with very fine teeth.  Works great!

They also had a really nice set of miniature screwdrivers. The set had at least a dozen small bits in addition to a nice looking handle.  I wanted to compare it to the set I have at home- it is nicer.  Neat thing too- only a dollar and a quarter.

 

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Posted by tony in china on Sunday, April 17, 2022 10:49 PM

its great to pick up a few bargains - most of the stuff i have grabbed at similar in the UK have been good- apart from X acto type knives - they are always crap ........

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  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, April 22, 2022 2:00 AM

Those cheap X acto type knives always have that useless plactic chuck.

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 22, 2022 12:40 PM

disastermaster

Those cheap X acto type knives always have that useless plactic chuck. 

The set that comes in the blue plastic box?  Yeah.  I got one years ago at a show, from one of those vendors who sells closeout lots of tools, things like that.  The chuck in the Nr 11 handle lasted a couple of years, then broke at the top of the threaded shaft.  I've been looking to see if I could find a metal one to use, but the plastic ones are milled with a different number of threads. So I haven't found one yet.

The blades are OK.  But I wouldn't recommend the set.

This thread discusses a good point, though.  It's good to find tools, supplies, etc, at reasonable prices, but you have to be careful that you don't confuse frugality with cheapness.  If a thing is cheap, both in price and in quality, then over the long run, it's not an advantage to buy it, instead of buying a more expensive thing, that is well-made and will last a long time.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, May 19, 2022 8:45 AM

Here is a picture of the screwdriver set and hacksaw I bought at Dollar Tree that I mentioned above.  I have used them both and they work fine.  The frame of the saw is pretty ridgid for the tension adjusting system so it takes a fair force to get a decent tension. When cutting styrene with saw blades the styrene usually melts when sawing, and wants to stick to the blade.  I lubricate the blade with water, which reduces the melting and makes for easier sawing.

 

I also shopped recently for mini clothespins  and found them at Michaels- most craft stores and a few hobby shops carry them.  On both the regular and the mini pins I eliminate the fishmouth so they clamp right at the nose.  I use a power sander to sand down to the actual clamping surface.  I find the minis, about an inch long, handier and have less tension than full size pins.

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:29 PM

missileman2000

...On both the regular and the mini pins I eliminate the fishmouth so they clamp right at the nose... 

I do that, too, with the regular-sized pins, read that tip somewhere, a while back.  I saw the excess off with a razor saw.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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