Tools used in architectural model making

/Tools used in architectural model making

The student or architect who wants to build models needs the minimum of tools, but these should be of good quality. It is also important to maintain and care for tools. It would be best to hang them in sight or in a drawer. We do not need to have all the tools listed below and classify them into eight groups. To begin with, a simple collection is enough, but with which it is possible to achieve very good results, especially in the field of conceptual or working mock-ups. But those who do not see workmanship, but also a creative activity, will complete their collection of tools according to their tastes and needs.

Starter Tools:

  • 30 cm steel ruler
  • 50 cm cutting edge
  • 25 cm graduated elbow
  • Two cutters, one large and one small, with a blade
  • Cutter knife for cutting and scratching of methacrylate and hard plastic
  • Universal scissors
  • Patent
  • Pocket blade with different blades and mobile handle
  • Hand-held blade with interchangeable blades for wood, metal and plastic
  • Semi-circular pliers with flat end
  • A set of keys
  • A small round table
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Different adhesives
  • Different adhesive rolls
  • Adhesive paper on both sides
  • Paper knife
  • A small rubber roll
  • Glass of different thicknesses
  • Sharpening stone
  • Toothbrush
  • Different brushes

This basic group can be completed by the following machineries:

  • Welding kit with accessories
  • Thermal saw (for topographic and urban layouts)
  • Manual stamping machine
  • Orbital sanders
  • Electric dryer (for bending of methacrylate sheets and accelerating drying of paints)

The additional set divided into eight groups includes:

To share and mark:

  • Steel ruler of 50 cm and 100 cm
  • Report
  • Depth adjustment device
  • Flat steel plate
  • Elbow
  • Compass
  • Compass with cutting knife
  • Goniometer
  • Calliper

To cut and separate:

  • A set of universal knives (cutter)
  • Ears and cutters (metal with a rubber face on the bottom
  • Scissors, straight and corrugated (with a scissors never cut wire because it is impossible to get the correct cuts)
  • A punch set
  • Curved blade
  • Saw blade with different blades (and a curved one)
  • Saw for wood and metal
  • Small steel saw

To fil and repair:

  • A set of fine piles (semi-circular and round flat end for wood and metal)
  • A thick set of files (the flat, semi-circular and round end for wood and metal)

For support, press and how it helps during assembly:

  • Needles
  • Patent
  • Mirror
  • Clips
  • Some flanges
  • Mechanical clamps
  • A base for modelling (PAL board coated with plastic or better a stone or metal base)
  • Anvil, dice and roller made of the same material as the base board

For welding:

  • An electric welder with various accessories, although it is more convenient to have a complete welding set
  • Alternatives: gas gun
  • Tin, welding paste
  • Welding water and grease (grease)
  • Brush for applying the welding paste

For colour treatment:

  • Different brushes: flat and round
  • Small brush (old toothbrushes)
  • Porcelain palette
  • Some dishes (bottles, pots)
  • Paint gun and compressor
  • Mixture for masking adhesives to cover surfaces that do not need to be painted

For sharpening:

  • Sharpening stone
  • Sanding disc

Tools for general use:

  • Several hammers: light (100 g) and heavy (500 g)
  • Plumber (with rubber end)
  • Small wooden hammer
  • Rubber roller for storing and bonding paper, cardboard, sheets, etc.
  • A set of screwdrivers for watches
  • Screwdrivers
  • English keys
  • Several flat and semi-circular pliers

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