Not having tools has never been an excuse not to build an aircraft. My first aircraft’s where built using a pencil, a ‘snap-off’ blade craft knife, a coping saw (for ply), a sanding block, a Hand Drill and a 45cm metal ruler. The Rule of thumb is do not buy a tool unless you are really going to use it, otherwise you end up spending a small fortune on tools that gather dust or frustrate you. If you keeping running into the same problem then

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buy the tool to solve the problem, else save the cash for more building materials.

We all know the saying “A bad workman always blames his tools” well when building planes it’s no different, learn to use your tools properly. Pay close attention to a tools capabilities and limitations as having a #11 blade snap or shatter in your hands can lead to a lot of blood loss. Always practice on scrap wood with new tools before using them to familiarize yourself with them, practice always make perfect.

Just remember you can cut, sand or plane wood short but you cannot cut, plane or sand it longer. Just be patient and try first then use it.

Hand tools

  • Straight edge (Metal ruler 15cm, 30cm or 45cm)
  • Hobby knife #11 Blades or Snap off craft knife
  • X-acto® or ProEdge® Razor Saw
  • Fret or Coping saw
  • Weight or clamps (clothing wooden spring loading clothing pegs work well, Paper clips work well too)
  • Engineers / Carpenters Square
  • Wood Files
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Screwdrivers – Small precision screw drivers
  • Hand Drill / Pin vise (With a complete Set of Bits)
  • Pins: Office Pins / Dressmaker Pins (ones with Glass bead) / T-Pins
  • String
  • Masking tape
  • Vernier (Digital or Manual)
  • Sanding Block (See making sanding Blocks)
  • Sandpaper (coarse, medium, fine)
  • Glue (See Glue reference Guide) – Aliphatic resin, Epoxy
  • Work bench or Building Board (see making a building board)
  • Balsa Wood Filler (See Wood Fillers)

Covering tools

  • Sealing Iron (household iron also works well)
  • Heat Gun

Homemade tools

  • Sanding Blocks (See making sanding Blocks)
  • Foam drills

Metric tools and imperials (nice to haves)

  • Allen head drivers /Allen keys
  • Nut Setters
  • Tap and Die Sets

Machine tools (nice to haves)

  • Scroll saw
  • Electric Drill (Cordless is useful)
  • Dremel Tool
  • Hand Drill
  • Drill press

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