I thought I’d post a photo of the tools and things I use while building, so as to give others an idea of the kinds of things that they might find useful while working with paper. It might also serve as a means of helping show new builders the types of tools that might come in handy when just starting out. A good metal ruler. Aside from my hobby knife and scissors, its an indispensable tool. For my scissors, I use the Fiskars micro-point and the Dura-Sharp hobby scissors. They have excellent feel, and I could get both of them in Left-handed versions. After many broken tips using X-acto blades, I switched to Excel blades, and am much happier. They last about 12 times longer than X-acto, and stay sharper without the tiny point breaking off. I colored a paper clip with red, yellow, and black so that I could use it as a blade-cover, and immediately see where it is on the workbench. I used to be a draftsman, many years ago. I worked for a house construction contractor when I was an undergrad in college, and they needed someone who could draft changes to the blueprints for the inspectors. A lot of those drafting implements have come in handy. Circle templates, triangles, protractor, lettering guide, and my erasing shield have all come in very handy. Good cutting mats. I have two. I got the grey one at a sewing store, and it came with a rotary cutter. The orange one I bought at Wal-Mart on sale, and they’re both self-sealing. Beneath the protractor in the photo is a small ink brayer. This little roller comes in handy when you need to laminate two parts together. A Rolly-Styk. Shrike made this most excellent tool, and it is great for rolling out strips into curves. It has a bunch of other uses, and you can get them directly from him here: http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/tips-tricks/1724-new-forming-tool.html That neat little yellow-and-blue thingy in the bottom right corner of the grey mat is a circle cutter I bought at a craft shop. It only cost $4.95 and it’s a fantastic tool. Tweezers. I bought a set of tweezers in the jewelry-making supplies section of a craft store. These are great for grabbing little tiny parts and manipulating them in the assembly of a model. The blue thing between the tweezers and the Rolly-Styk is a seam ripper. I got this at a fabric store, and it is great for scoring grooves in parts so that you can fold them better. An important thing to know when using it, is that if you don’t have the prong with the red ball down, while using it, you’ll cut your parts on the score line. The point of the long prong is curved slightly, and that curve is on the inside surface of the U shaped opening. The red ball is the other prong, and in between the two is a sharp cutting edge. Hold the seam ripper like a pencil, and make sure the ball-prong is down instead of up. If anyone is confused by this explanation, just say so, and I’ll post a demonstration photo to clear it up. Over on the orange mat are two sets of hole punches. One I got at the craft store, and it has three cutter heads: 1, 3, and 4 mm. The other was a set of six that I bought on eBay and they’re actually leather hole punches. They came in six sizes: 1/8”, 5/32”, 3/16”, 7/32”, 1/4", 5/16”. I’m sure they come in other sizes, but these were the ones in the set I bought. I also got a set of wooden clothespins, and cut the angled tips off to make them squared. This way, I can get the grip surface all the way down on small parts. I also took one of them apart, and use the two separate pieces as pressing tools. Very handy. I bought some large nuts and washers at a hardware store, and use them as small weights for holding curved flanges against flat parts, and also for generally weighting down small parts to other small parts. Some guys use coins, but I don’t have enough spare change laying around to be able to do that... LOL! A good mechanical pencil and Click-Eraser for making marks, and erasing them. In the upper right corner of the orange mat is an empty pudding cup. These things are an excellent tool to use as glue-pots. What I do is put a small dollop of glue on the bottom (with the cup upside down!) and it keeps the glue off my workspace, and puts it at a convenient height for picking up a small drop on the end of a toothpick or craft stick like those shown in the photo. Off to the right side are some white plastic bowls that had heat-and-serve meals in them. They're good for holding small tools and other uses. Up there in the left corner of the photo, is a small magnifying glass taped to a piece of 2x4. My eyes are grateful. Notice the bevel on the cut? It keeps the wood out of the way and lets you work right under the lens. Right behind it is an 8” long steel billet, 2” in diameter. I use that for weight and also as a tapper for the hole punches. Glues and adhesives. Every modeler is different, and all have different preferences, so I am by no means claiming to be all-knowing, or saying that my choices are the best. They’re just the glues and adhesives I’ve had the most success working with. In no particular order: Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue, Tombow’s Mono Aqua, Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, and a generic 5 minute epoxy. (Not pictured are Elmer’s glue gel and a generic white casein glue stick) In case anyone’s wondering what the batteries are for, they’re just a representative sample of the cylindrical objects I’ve used to help form paper cylinders. They make a wonderful form, and you can use anything from a small X-acto handle up to a drinking glass (if it’s perfectly cylindrical) around which you can form cylinders and narrow rings. I can also post photos of this process if anyone asks. That’s pretty much it for the photo. If anyone’s got any questions or comments, I’d like to hear them! Hope this is helpful.