Robert-J-M Posted December 8, 2014 Share #1 Posted December 8, 2014 (edited) Yet ANOTHER Syren log! After following the advise on the newbie page, and getting a nice discount, I got my kit on Friday from Model-Expo, who were nice enough to combine two orders so I could get the free shipping. I like them already. As suggested I inventoried everything against the parts list and found everything... lots of little-bitty-parts! I confess I didn't count all the blocks and such, as I figure I'm gonna lose some anyway. Did I mention how small some of the stuff is, WOW. I decided to label the wood by wrapping each group with a sticky note, why measure everything twice (or more)? After writing the decimals next to the fractions for quick ID with the calipers, and trying not to squish some of the smaller ones, I barely bumped the 1/32x1/32 bunch and managed to bend/break a few already. With the suggested tools lists from this site, the next step was to see what tools and materials are available around town before gathering the tools from Dad, not the best time to do that since it was 3 Saturday's from Christmas. The wife was out of town and I wasn't in a hurry so no a problem, might as well practice the patience needed for the actual construction. Lowe's did't have much no balsa or hobby woods, Michael's did't have much either probably b/c it was half full of Christmas stuff, but full of shoppers. After that Hobby Town USA, which was a disappointment not much wood modeling stuff but I did get some x-acto blades and CA glues. Next, a Wal-Mart with a crafts area, again not much available. Hobby Lobby was the final stop and they had a very nice selection of woods including finally the balsa I need for the bulkhead blocks, self healing cutting mat and other stuff I needed. They had one of the rulers with handle suggested by Dirk. Here was also the only place I found some PVA wood glue (other than Elmers with the huge spouts) called SIG-BOND, more on it later. I will be going back to Hobby Lobby often I suspect.. but other than one more stop for chisels, I'll wait until AFTER Christmas. Probably the WORST afternoon to go to Hobby Lobby, 10 lines 10+ people deep. Oh well but then ended up right next to a guy from another town who worked for the company I was swapping GIS maps with for some needed survey work after the New Year. I hadn't met him before and managed to get a little work done, talk about coincidence. On to Dad's and his garage of modeling tools. He had gathered up some stuff already and we proceeded to go thru 50 years of modeling tools. Files, knives, hundreds of used blades, clamps vices, etc. many things on the list including 3 airbrushes, a scroll saw and combination disk and belt sander. I was even given the cabinet and an unused wooden machinists style toolbox. After dinner provided by the Fleet Admiral I headed home an unloaded my goodies. Something that is important to me is to have an organized workspace and plenty of room to move things around. Building something is hard enough without too little room to work and having to look for tools scattered around. I still have some organizing to do of all the stuff Dad gave me but I decided it was time to start building, not just planning and organizing to build so I cleaned up and filled the tool cabinet with some of the stuff I knew I would need right away. Edited December 8, 2014 by Robert-J-M PrimoDude, Ryland Craze, GuntherMT and 2 others 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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