Prof. Layton here. I will share with you various hobby tools Erlangshen have used and hopefully, if you did not know about it before, you will enlighten and could improve your work.

1. Hobby Saw

This hand saw is very handy when you need to saw some parts off, be it a plamo part or a big part consisting of pla-beam and pla-plate. Erlangshen likes to think this process as amputating… /swt

2. Scribbler

This tool is used to make lining. Vixion has a tutorial about this topic and has mention a variation of this tool. Erlangshen also own a different variation of this tool as well.

3. Hobby knife

Useful for various cutting things.

4. ???

I forgot the official name… something like a rivet puncher or something. Erlangshen uses this tool to make a v-shaped lining.

5. ???

This time I actually have no idea what this tool is called. Erlangshen uses one end to scoop paint from paint bottles and the other end to scratch off excess paint when it is almost dry.

6. Hand drill

This drill can be used to make holes (like when Erlangshen is creating the arm/crane for MS Cage, he used this drill and insert a piece of metal axis) and also to make lining (like described in Vixion’s tutorial).

Erlangshen bought a set of hand drill where it can be used to various size of drill head.

Drill head looks like this

7. Hobby Cutter

If you don’t have at least item 3 and 7… shame on you! And you call yourself a modeler?? 😀

8. Dremmel/electric router

Very useful tool to perform quick sanding to smooth out sprue and surfaces. Erlangshen’s dremmel is battery-operated but I have seen some that is getting AC power source as well.

Dremmel comes with a set of head that can be exchanged

The most common head is this type, which is made of a sanding material

You can replace just the sanding material as it will be worn out over time.

There are hobby stores that supply just the sanding material. It comes in at least 3 type: Rough, Medium and Fine.

There is also this type of head that can be used to smooth out parts in tight spot and also provide round-ish shallow holes.

Unfortunately Erlangshen seem to lost this head when migrating from Shanghai to Beijing Y_Y I know it must be somewhere in a box, but which box I am not sure. Maybe this is mystery that only I can solve!

9. Metal Ruler

As you will need to cut some things, it might be wise to have a metal ruler. Plastic ruler tends to be cut a long with the things you want to cut, so might not be suitable.


Now that we cover the basic building tool, let’s move on to the painting tool.

1. Brush

Obviously, for painting. Some prefer airbrush (see number 9 below).

2. ???

Same as number 5 in hobby tool above.

3. Mixing container (Painting cup)

For mixing paint. If you are serious in painting you need to at least use thinner, which means you need a container to mix the paint with thinner. Sometimes, you might want to mix paint as well.


To suck and drip thinner or paint.

5. Painting Grip

To hold your plamo parts to be painted and to await the drying process.

6. Paint Thinner

I should think this is obvious.

7. Paint

Also obvious.

8. Primer

Primer is a base paint that people can apply to their kit prior to actual painting. There are 2 purpose of primer:

  1. To smooth out small nicks and scratches and showcase areas in the part surface that needs further work/sanding (in which you might want to consider using Mr. Surfacer 500).
  2. To neutralize an existing darker base color so that it will not interfere the paint that you want to apply.

9. Air Brush Set

Some people prefer this to a regular brush. The result are awesome, but an airbrush set is a big investment, especially a good one.

10. Spray Booth

A spray booth makes it easier to airbrush something as the exhaust fan and filter will not let the paint vapor spread out in your room.

11. Masking Tape

Masking tape is usual regardless of any painting method you use. The purpose is to guard the parts where you DON’T want to paint.


Hopefully this gives you more broader insight of what kind of tool you can use. Ads