cumbersome. The ability of this
set to ratchet down and secure
the connector while I insert the
wire makes assembly a snap.
Although I kept my old pair of
crimpers, I hope I am never forced
to use them again (Figure 3)!
4. Tap and drill set —
The materials we work with
do not always come with nice,
tapped, conveniently located
screw holes. This is where a tap
and drill set can be an invaluable
tool. A good set that includes a
variety of sizes will simplify your
assembly process, allowing you to customize your project to
exactly fit your design parameters.
5. Hakko soldering iron — http://tinyurl.com/oy277tb
Looking to get your first soldering iron or is it time to
upgrade your current model? Then, it is hard to beat the
value provided by this soldering station bundle which
includes a pair of cutters. It has an easy-to-read digital
display and has adjustable temperature control — two items
I think are mandatory (Figure 4)!
6. Maker shirt — www.makershed.com/products/maker-
Not necessarily a tool, but we all need a little help
occasionally getting in the prop building mood. The proper
apparel may be just what the doctor ordered to help inspire
our creativity and motivate us. I am a big fan of the maker
movement as it incorporates so many opportunities to
expand and showcase our creativity.
7. PanaVise holder — http://tinyurl.com/gq7lpft
Over the years, I have purchased three different models
and have been extremely pleased with their construction
and usefulness. Each unit is different, so I always have the
most appropriately sized vise for
the job at hand. Securely holding
my project while I work on it
makes the job significantly easier. I
hate chasing a board across my
bench as I try to solder
components (Figure 5)!
8. Wire strippers —
Sometimes you find a tool
that simplifies and speeds up a
process. I had never given much
thought to the chore of stripping
wires until I purchased a pair of
these strippers. What a difference
they make! They make quick work
of the stripping and since they grip the wire, they do not
pull on the other end of the wire. They automatically adjust
to fit wire sizes between 10 and 24 gauges (Figure 6).
It takes the proper parts to bring a character to life!
Allow that special someone the chance to help you stock
1. Brick In The Yard molding and casting kit —
There is more to building functioning characters than
the mechanical and electronic components. We need to
take into consideration how we will be covering and
dressing our creations. This is where we need to educate
ourselves in the art of molding and casting. If you have
never ventured into this aspect of our craft, a good place to
begin would be with a starter kit such as the one offered
by Brick In The Yard. This kit includes everything you need
to get started as you experiment with molding and casting.
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Figure 4. A quality
helps get the
job done right.
Figure 5. Keep a firm grip on your work with
a PanaVise unit.
Figure 6. Make quick
work of stripping