I show two photos of my work bench that was in one of our spare bedroom's over in Colorado. The walls are covered with some of my 301 model awards. I made a round tool to roll down the panel lines on top of my decal's. Without doing this you don't see the panel line. Like I said in other stories, I only use thin superglue to glue parts together and the thick glue for filler.
I bought all these tools in the 1980's and have used them all these years, (1984 - 2016 ). I was told to use water when filing plastic with my metal files and use "3-IN-ONE" oil when working on metal such as aluminum, brass and copper. I cleaned the files with a fiber brush with oil and water, then dried the files so they would not rust.
I paid 70 bucks for each 6" and 4" long file set in the mid 1980's which came to a total of USD$280.00 + tax & "s/h." Each set had 12 files. I bought some other #0 & #2 cut files. When I quit modeling after 32 years, my tools worked like new because I was taught to take care of everything. I kept lot's of paint in the original bottles and just put a piece of tape on the lid and write the name/number on it. A side view drawing of my "Waldron" punch was presented at a club meeting, so guys could learn how to use the punch set. I took a photo of a full bottle of "FUTURE," but the name is no longer written on it. The last photo shows my home made wire tools that I used to apply the super glue onto the models. Enjoy...RJW.
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