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    Beginner Looking For Advice

    I am currently interested in starting with custom designs and kitbashes and was wondering if some of you more seasoned guys could give me some tips or resources concerning what tools and supplies are needed or recommended to start this process with. I have over 70 figures, twice as many uniforms and a large assortment of weapons and accesories.

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    Hobby saw with assorted blades
    X-Acto knives " " "
    TWEEZERS
    Small needle nose pliers (you may end up with a variety of types)
    Clamps
    Assorted glues (ex: super glue, glue for PlasStruct...)
    Assorted putties - A/B, Green Stuff, Aves....
    LOTS of brushes
    Files
    Fine grit sandpapers and fine steel wool
    Dremel tool
    1 Metric Tonne of patience....
    Beer
    Added: Pin vise

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    Let me get this right, you want supplies for kitbashing? or diorama building?

    If it is kitbashing, then I would add sewing needles, pins and a variety of suitable coloured spooled threads onto your list.
    A sewing machine is handy for alterations too if you can use one.

    And you must get one of my favourite products, a jar of Testors MATT clear coat lacquer.
    It's for altering a shiny gloss finish to a flat matt finish and for protecting and sealing the surface.
    (It's a wee bit toxic but it's still brilliant stuff.)

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    Thanks guys, Im looking for ideas for both kit building and diorama building tool boxes.

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    What sort of dioramas are you looking at making?

    The stuff you will need depends on size dimentions, the setting and how robust you want to make the diorama.
    A solid base is a must and timber is the easiest product to work with, so a few basic wood working tools are a good start.

    If you could give us a bit more info on the type and size of the dioramas you want to build, then I'm sure we could whip up a more accurate list for you in no time.

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    I am just starting out and have got something in mind....

    I have got some way to go to get to your guys level though.

    I am grateful for the list of starting out 'must haves' as it will assist in getting my project completed.

    Thanks in advance.

    DM

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    This is the stuff I've accumulated over the years

    Rotary tool with lots of attachments
    sandpaper
    hot glue
    super glue
    tacky glue
    + about a dozen other kinds of glue (you can never have too much glue)
    seam buster (it's a sewing tool, but I use it for all kinds of things)
    different sized needles and thread
    cotton tape
    plaster tape
    foam core
    tweezers
    needle nose pliers
    painters quick release tape
    acrylic paint
    pastels
    x-acto knives in all different sizes
    really good sharp scissors
    ink jet printer with water-safe inks
    different kinds of paper including photo paper, cloth paper, canvas paper
    molding and casting material including non-sulpher clay
    legos for mold boxes
    dyes and fabric paints
    wire in different gauges
    Popsicle sticks
    felt and other cloth
    spray starch
    leathers in various sizes

    That's just some of the stuff I use in my projects and I don't even make diaramas

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    Re: Beginner Looking For Advice

    I am looking at creating and constructing dioramas for groups of figures or possibly for setups with vehicles, some furniture or individual models and I am very interested in weapons modifications. I have some rather specific detailed ideas that I am attempting to work on.

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