OUR RECOMENDED, SPECIALIZED OR HARD TO FIND TOOLS
ESPECIALLY HELPFUL OR NEEDED FOR FINE SCALE MECHANISMS AND TRACKWORK MODELING.
In order to make sure you can properly construct consistent accurate and relaible models from our kits and parts, we do our best to make available every "right tool for the job" that you will need, or just find especially helpful.
While we manufacture some of the very specific jigs and tools ourselves, we also try and bulk source many of the otherwise difficult to find items, from top-class industrial manufacturers, so that you can have the best possible industrial quality tool available but at economical low-volume prices.
In many "hobby supply" cases, inexpensive consumer versions of various tools are offered for "modeling" that are made of soft metals. For example, cheaper softer, tool-makers clamps made of bendable brass, instead of hardened steel. And miniature twist drills that are merely hardened mild steel for use only on wood or plastic, instead of industrial HSS proper tool steel that will drill most metals rapidly and repeated, without problems. However we always prefer and try to offer a professional, industrial version of any tool, so that it can be used in all situations and will last for many years, if not indefinitely.
Where a lower price, tool is perfectly satisfactory and economical, such as in the case of the imported dial calipers, we clearly indicate it's origins and any limitations. But we also only offer such tools on the basis that they are perfectly suitable for the application we recommend they be used for.