Tool Kit Suggestions
Generally speaking it is better to a few quality tools than a barrow load of cheap ones. I appreciate most of us don’t have endless budgets, but good tools I bought 50 years ago still serve me today! I've listed the tools that make up my kit and a list of Suppliers.
80 watt temperature controlled soldering iron with bits.
Flux pen & liquid flux
Files 150mm Flat
Files 200mm Flat No3
Files 150mm Half Round
Files Needle 150mm No4 or No5
Riveting tool, this is an item you should not skimp on
Good quality “side” cutters
Smooth jawed pliers
Cheap plastic clamps
Scalpel & blades
Pin Chucks 0-1, 1-2 & 2-3mm capacity.
Drill bits 0.7, 0.8, 0.9 1.0, 1.05, 1.4, 1.8, 2 & 2.5 as minimum
A set of broaches
1.27mm allen key (for slater wheels)
MSC - Suppliers of Drills etc.
Cousins UK - Files
Squires Tools - General bits and hand tools
Lee Marsh Models - Rivet press
Blundell - Ersa Icon IC1100-A Single Solder Station
MetalSmith Ltd - Wire, tube etc.
NMRS Models - NMRS Models Backheads, buffers etc.
ABC Gears - Motor/Gearbox etc.
Coastal DCC - DCC equipment