If you are new to model building, or if you have let your supplies
dwindle, you might need a really good selection of hardware. The Master
Builder Assortment #5000, or Builder Assortment #1450 are good choices.
If you have special needs for your particular form of model building, or
if you have some sizes already on hand, than a different assortment
might work better for you. For instance, if you only build .25 size
models and smaller, than The Assortment #9155 might be what you
need. This one has 2-56 and 4-40 size hardware, but leaves out the
larger 6-32's that you probably wouldn't need.......By the way, the most
popular hardware in model building are in fact the 2-56, 4-40 and 6-32
Another item that you might consider is the Sheet Metal Assortment #8011;
It includes all of the popular sizes used for model building. (I'm often
asked why we modelers don't use wood screws very much! Simple, the Sheet
Metal screws work better. We are usually securing cowls, canopies,
hatches, etc. The thin material attaches well to the wood with a Sheet
Metal Screw. If you don't want a full assortment, you may want to
consider at least the #2x3/8" and #2x1/2" Button Head Socket
Drive Sheet Metal Screws (included in the Master Builder
Assortment)....These are the most popular and good looking screws for
securing the cowl and canopy.
Here are some other items that you might need .
1. Giant Scale. In addition to all the "regular" sizes, you
might need some 8-32, 10-32 and even 1/4-20 Socket Heads for some really big
models. (mainly for mounting the engine and engine mount.) Typical size
models, such as 40 and 60 size, most often use size 6-32 Socket
Heads for engine mounting. (usually 1" to 1-1/2" long)
2. If you are into "park flyers" or other really small models,
you might need some 0-80 size hardware. (they are really tiny).
3. Nylon wing hold down systems.
4. Servo Mounting Screws.
5 .Blind Nuts...Many hobbyists use only limited sizes of these nuts (the
Master Assortment includes some popular sizes). Often a modeler might
use a 6-32 blind nut for mounting the engine mount to the firewall, and
a 1/4-20 for mounting the wing.
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