It occurred to me recently that there must be large numbers of fellow modelers using expensive drill stand combinations for various types of drilling.I love tools,and am the first to buy anything to make the job easier! You do not NEED specialised modelling drills when a generic,general purpose bench press drill will drill (accurately)from 1mm to 13mm. These are available from anywhere for £60 - £80 pounds and will drill anything up to 13mm!! And outlast most of us!
While I agree that one does not need “expensive” equipment I.e. drill stands - one must consider that tools are individual choices and one must be satisfied and comfortable with what they are using, otherwise the application (use) of the equipment becomes a chore and most importantly an excuse for not managing to perform or make things (models) to ones satisfaction. I for one am wasting my time doing a scratch build with nothing but hand tools no laser cut wood no scroll or table saw no 3D printer and no drill stand - To my surprise, although it is a challenge and I notice small variations in my cuts etc. it has been very rewarding and bringing back some of my hand skills long thought forgotten and I find myself enjoying and deeper immersed in this project than the 3 kits I’ve assembled thus far. But - then I do understand I am speaking for myself not the multitude of others whom are much more expierenced in this hobby than myself. Thank each of you for the information and input - I’m finding this site most informative and educational than anywhere else I’ve looked I am humbled by the posts and pics I’ve reviewed. Doubtfully, I will never build anything as detailed as what I’ve reviewed thus far I.e. guess that’s why I don’t need the expensive and micro accurate equipment- hope I haven’t offfended anyone
We as model makers try to do the best we can with what we've got. But sometimes feeling your way round a hand build is far more rewarding. I have a number of machines available in my workshop, but as most of my models are over 50 years old it is usually restoration work that I need to do, so hand worked parts are what I need to make. My machines are usually used for making brass and other metal items. I usually paint by hand, but occasionally use a spray gun or airbrush. But find hand finishing gives the most satisfaction.
I agree it is very satisfying to work by hand.However having said that I have accrued a number of tools either because they were too cheap to miss or even free,but often setting them up for just one job is not worth it and I do the job by hand instead. Perverse Aren't I?👍
Unfortunately, or maybe not, my Dad told me when I was 12 years of age that 'You can't have too many tools, Son'. He is 88 now and I remind him just about every time I see him. He just smiles and I spend hours in my garage searching for that item I know is in there somewhere. I still love it when I have the exact tool for the job.