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Monday, 6 January 2014

2014

I tend not to make New Year resolutions  and this year will be no exception, because after becoming ill in 2011, by 2012 I wasn't making any plans that I ever came to fruition. 
I do hope though that I'll get in some gaming and manage a few more building projects ( I have one in mind concerning a tin of bouillon and another with a plastic chocolate box insert.). When I get out of the current regime of over-indulging and sleeping I may even get around to some painting.
Buying figures is again not on the  list of things to-do this year (it was last year too) and yet I still managed to accumulate another fifty or so. I did buy some figures last year (less than a dozen) - some dogs and a cat spring to mind and although I still would like a dozen more of the former I'm in no rush. Long on my wanted list has been the plastic Survivors, both men and women but there again I really can't justify getting them as much I'd like some.

In case you're wondering about the picture, these are the main tools I use when I make any of my models. The ruler has a groove to protect fingers and a back edge that doubles as a very useful right angle and is about 5mm tall; it's single sided and has an anti-slip pad on the underside; it's one of my most recent purchases (less than 20 years old). The 9" bastard file I use for just about everything I need to file, I only use smaller files in areas where this won't reach. The Stanley type knife is used on thick card, but for most everything else I use Scalpels. I have three scalpels at hand and go through a lot of blades, hence the essential 100 blade pack (and the multiple scars on my hands). The saw I've always referred to as a Jewelers saw, but I believe these days it's called a razor saw. I've had it for a very long time and its shows on its blade. The adjustable set square is a must for anyone making large models in my opinion though I tend not to use it for very small bits as I can judge a right angle fairly well.
I haven't a clue what to call the red handled cutter thing, but again I've used this for more years than I care to remember. I use it for cutting most anything including the inevitable stirrers, but it can also cut through quarter inch garden canes. I do of course have many other tools that rarely see the light of day, cheap craft knives, small files etc. Hopefully this year this set will again see action.

That's it for this week as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

24 comments:

  1. I use pretty much exactly the same tools. No resolutions for me this year, but maybe a few plans and hopes. All the best mate.

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    1. Thanks Clint. good luck to you too on whatever it you do this year.
      I'm pleased too that I'm not the only one with what would be a weird tool-set for anything other than what we do.

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  2. My tool kit is so, so , similar. Good luck with the New Year, catch you soon.

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    1. My faith in my modeling kit is restored, thanks Irqan

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  3. Always heart warming to see well used tools of a trade :)
    The mini buying embargo thing is a tricky one. More than once have I held back only to miss out due to makers going under or ranges being phased out. Like record buying in the olden days sometimes you've gotta get it when it's in your hands (or under your mouse) or forever regret ones frugal sensibilities. Excuse # 628 :)

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    1. I know the feeling about just missing out, but I go by the rule "Do I really need it ? " rather than "Do I want it ? ".

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  4. I wish I could narrow down my tools to that many, I have tool ADD.

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    1. I hear you PS, I know of at least two of my friends who are the same.

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  5. "I have one in mind concerning a tin of bouillon and another with a plastic chocolate box insert", well now I'm intrigued!

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    1. The tin is merely a substitute for a cylinder/tube (just the right size I was looking for) and the insert I need to figure out how to reinforce and will make a decent roof, though for what I'm not quite sure yet.

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  6. There's something missing from that set of tools, I think. Maybe it's because I make more figures and less scenery, but a drill is something I find essential. Side-cutters as well, but that's really just for plastics.

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    1. I do have a pin-vice drill thing but no side cutters (whatever they are), but rarely use it. I use mainly a scalpel and file when converting figures.

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  7. Last year you still produced some amazing stuff so it works not having a plan! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

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    1. I think your right Brummie, I plan only on three major builds this year (one I started on over a year ago), but you're absolutely right about the planning bit.

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  8. New Year's resolutions are never worth the paper they're written on, Joe. That's why I never make them. I just plan on doing more of the same and trying to live life to the full. Best of luck to you for whatever you decide to do this year.

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    1. Thanks Bryan, I'll make it up as I go along as per normal.

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  9. A handy man indeed!

    I wish you all the best for 2014, in gaming as well as real life.

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    1. Thanks LS, I seem to have some ideal stuff for a barricadde or a junkyard or something and here's hoping I do get some more gaming in.

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    1. Haha, I think it's me that's broke.

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  11. Good set of tools. Goals aren't strictly necessary, I just try to use them to reign myself in. It didn't really work last year. Best of luck in the new year.

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    1. Thanks Sean, I would like to have some achievable objectives this year, but I have to be realistic.

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  12. Damn set of good tools there, well used!

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    1. Thanks AL, they were good once and they are really well used as you say.

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