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Tools can often spark great debate amongst ship modelers. On one end of the spectrum, are the minimalists who eschew the use of anything much more sophisticated than a pocket knife. On the other end are those who have a love affair with tools and buy anything that seems like it might be even remotely useful. I probably tend toward the latter end of the specturm although, like many of us, I'm limited by budget.
I don't think newcomers to the hobby should jump in quite so deeply, however. Although I feel they need more than a pocket knife, they don't need every tool known to man. If you're a newcomer, please check out my suggestions for tools that I think you'll want for getting started.
If you've got several kits under your belt and have a desire to start scratch building and milling your own lumber, you're likely going to want/need more tools such as a miniature table saw, thickness sander, bandsaw, disk sander, etc. Obviously, this can get expensive in a hurry! On subsequent pages, I've listed some of the tools I own along with my thoughts on their usefulness. These are, of course, just my opinions and are not necessarily endorsements of any particular products.
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