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Tools and consumables
To adjust or take off wheels, gears and worms. Comes in box with 5 different pins. A train modeller really can’t do without this.
Included pins for axles with diameters of 0.9mm, 1.7mm (2 versions), 2 mm and 3mm.
More very useful tips of the use of the gear puller and other ways of removing gears, worms etc can be found by following this link. It is in fact essential to read this before you start using the gear puller, in order not to damage the tool or the gears.
There are 2 x 1.7 mm pins in the set. If you put one of those pins in the drill/bench drill and hold a file against it, you can make a (roughly) 1.4 mm pin. Hold another file or a piece of wood on the other side, to keep the pin straight during filing. The result is very handy when you use if for the most popular size of shafts/axles, 1.5 mm, and you don't damage the smallest pin. It's very easy to do, measure with callipers during the process to stop at the desired diameter.
Oil in precision applicator
Precision oil for use on model trains. Use for brass or other metal gearing or to lube the axles. It's a vegetable based oil, so safe with most plastics. Very easy to only apply one drop.
This tube cutter is something you can’t be without as a model builder. It is not to cut tubes for plumbing, but for more delicate, brass tubes up to 8 mm. You can now easily cut a straight piece of a 0.5 mm brass rod or tube of only 1 mm short. The small ruler indicating millimeters makes it easy to measure the desired length of the tube/rod. With a thin or flat saw with fine teeth it is simple to cut multiple exact pieces.
The handle on the tube cutter can be removed, so it can be stuck on a vice. Open de handle on the top to put a tube in the V shaped grove. When you’ve set the correct length, push the handle lightly down to hold the tube in place, then saw through the tube.
The result is always a success. You might need to use some sand paper to clean the cut up.
Watch the video below to see how it works. It’s in Dutch, but it will be obvious how it works.
To measure very accurately the thickness of a sheet of plastic, a strip of brass or a rod, the Micrometer will give you more accuracy than a caliper. That’s why this is my tool of choice when I need 100% certainty about the thickness of the material.
This is how it works:
The spindle is a very accurately machined screw and the object to be measured is placed between the spindle and the anvil. The spindle is moved by turning the ratchet knob or thimble until the object to be measured is lightly touched by both the spindle and the anvil.