Model tools and spares

I can never remember the names of a lot of these things and I don’t like bothering domain experts with the same question just because I was too lazy to make my own notes.

Power analyser

HK 010 power analyser - this tool can measure the amp draw and watt output underload.

Blind Nut / Nutsert

This gives your cap-screw or bolt a solid thread to screw into – useful for mounting motors and to attach a wing to the fuselage with nylon wing bolts.

Blind Nut / Nutsert

Razor Saw

This saw has many teeth and gives a nice fine cut, helpful when cutting notches into ribs for spars / stringers. Ive also seen it called a mitre saw (I think its because it can be used with a mitrebox to hold the material you are cutting)

54 or 42 Teeth Per Inch (TPI) will give a nice clean cut.

Razor Saw

Nylon/Steel Landing Gear Staps

Landing Gear Staps

Landing Gear Staps

Wire landing Gear / Small push rods

This is called Piano wire / music wire also known as spring steel

Small models (25 size and under) would use 1mm (0.39 inch) as pushrods and 2mm for landing gear

40 to 60 size you can use 5 or 6 mm for landing gear.

Pianno Wire

Drill & Tap

1032 threads are historically the original rack screw type. The term 1032 comes from Unified and American Screw Threads for Bolts, Nuts, and Machine Screws standards published by ANSI B1.1-1974. The number “10” is simply a size designator with no numerical meaning. The number “32” refers to 32 threads per inch.

Steel tap and drill bit for preparing holes to accept bolts

Drill & Tap


I’ve used these to ream a new prop hole bigger to suite an engine.

Great Planes Precision Prop Reamer – (5/16″ & 3/8″)

General purpose reamer, also used with rc car bodys

Pin Vice

I have used these to manually (by hand) drill holes in models.

Pin vice

Laser Cutting

Max Cutting Area 1200x900mm, materials would be 3,4mm ply and balsa

Wood Glue

This is the recommended glue for all models.

Wood Glue