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Prevent lost model parts with a towel

The carpet monster can be evil, and it is amazing how far photoetched-metal and plastic pieces can bounce on a concrete floor. Some days, a parts search leaves my shop floor cleaner than my living room! A quick and easy solution is draping a bath towel across your lap. Unlike a jeweler’s apron, it is not attached to the bench — so there is no worry about forgetting to detach it before getting up.

Make a base from the lid of a cookie tin
I have a lot of fun building kits in smaller scales, but they are so tiny I’m afraid to just l...
Make rubber-tipped tweezers
We are all tired of spending half our modeling time looking for parts we have launched into the grea...
Protect your photoetched-metal parts
I came up with a simple way to protect my photoetched-metal frets and save some space, too. After r...
Use a feeler gauge to measure a gap
Like many modelers, I use strip styrene to fill large gaps. However, I find it awkward to test-fit v...
Loose pilot? Don't panic
Recently, I was working on a science-fiction scratchbuild with a canopy I had vacuum-formed and atta...
Protect your cutting mat from super glue
To save my self-healing cutting mat from blobs of super glue, cement, and paint, I tape a piece of w...
Dryer-sheet paint strainer
To really achieve a nice paint finish on my models when airbrushing — and keep the airbrush cl...
Organize model sprues
To keep my workbench less cluttered and make finding parts easier, I use a desktop file organizer. T...
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