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Old 05-03-2019, 03:38 PM   #1
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Question Essential tools for RC hobby?

Hi all! Apologies in advance if a similar thread exists or if this is the wrong place for this, I wasn't having much luck with the search function.
I'm brand new to this hobby, just received a Redcat Everest 10, and right now I am having fun with it completely stock but...you know I gotta get to modding this thing! Unfortunately I'm starting pretty much from scratch when it comes to tools and supplies. I've been a renter most of my life and only have the most basic of basic home tool kits so I need to buy virtually everything. I plan on picking up tools as needed but I'm sure there are some things that you all know I will definitely need...what are they?
I have the Kinexsis Ultimate Air/Surface Startup Tool Set on order and I am going to save a couple weeks to pick up the Dremel 4300-5/40 High Performance Rotary Tool Kit, I'm also looking at a soldering iron and a hot glue gun. I know that is only scratching the surface so help me out everyone, what else MUST I have? What would you never dare be without?


Thank you so much for any help!
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:58 PM   #2
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Metric wrenches, Electrician wire stripping pliers (the ones that have different holes for different wire gauges), needle nose pliers, and some dentist picks.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:43 PM   #3
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A good set of hex drivers in the smaller metric sizes is absolutely mandatory for any kind of routine maintenance or upgrades.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:47 PM   #4
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I would delete the hot glue gun and instead look at some small tubes of E6000. They sell 'em in a pkg of 3 or 4). I like those better than one large tube. So also: Thread-locker medium strength. As mentioned as well... a good set of hex drivers ( 2mm being the most used). There's a lot of drivers out there and they're worth spending more on. I dunno that you need to spend a lot on great-quality wire-strippers ( if the budget is tight) but it really depends on how much modifying/ changing of electronics you plan to do. If you plan to do a lot then yeah... get something good. Xacto knife and #11 blades for sure you will want. Also as mentioned, some cheap dental-type picks are always good to have on hand. I'd be lost without my Dremel's so if you can, I'd definitely get one... 3000/ 4000 series if you can but at the vary least it should be variable speed. Also make sure to have whatever nut drivers you need. Not a bad idea to have several on hand as they are easy to misplace and generally pretty cheap.



There's quite a bit more but that would be a good start imo. Welcome to the world of scale rc!
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far! Basic screw, hex, and nut drivers are covered with the Kinexsis set, I'll upgrade the ones I use most and add whatever I find lacking at some point. Xacto knives and blades I already have, thread lock as well, also found a little glue gun my wife has (had) but I'll also check out the e6000. Added a dental tool kit and some good wire strippers to my list as well as a "helping hand." The Dremel will probably be my next tool purchase along with a better pair of needle nose pliers.
Maybe a heat gun and some shrink tube?
Anyone else have some "can't be without" items I should pick up sooner rather than later?
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:24 PM   #6
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Get a good soldering iron. Most automotive greases work good enough for these rigs, so get a tube or tub. Blue thread lock. Some 30wt shock oil. Simple green and an old toothbrush to clean. Spare bearings, screws, nuts. As well as what everybody else mentioned. Oh and a curved hemostat to hold nuts in place where it's hard to reach. Skip heat gun and use a lighter
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Old 05-04-2019, 07:27 AM   #7
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Get a good soldering iron. Most automotive greases work good enough for these rigs, so get a tube or tub. Blue thread lock. Some 30wt shock oil. Simple green and an old toothbrush to clean. Spare bearings, screws, nuts. As well as what everybody else mentioned. Oh and a curved hemostat to hold nuts in place where it's hard to reach. Skip heat gun and use a lighter

Thanks for mentioning the hemostat, my wife is a nurse and she just let me raid her "extras" supply box, came up with a couple different sizes/shapes of hemostats and some great tweezers! I was looking at the Lucas Oil Marine Grease, will that do the trick for most of my greasing needs? I have added a SS screw/nut/misc. hardware kit to the list as well as a 6-pack of assorted shock oils.
Thanks so much and please keep it coming, this is VERY helpful!
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get the gel thread locker from permatex not the locktite liquid that makes a mess
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get the gel thread locker from permatex not the locktite liquid that makes a mess

Thanks for the tip, I've only ever used the locktite and have some at home already but I'll check out the permatex when I need to resupply!
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Better late than never to a thread, I'd add a simple quick reading thermometer like: https://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch...ter-46586.html or if you want to spend a bit more: https://www.harborfreight.com/121-in...ter-63985.html

Don't guess about ESC/motor/battery temps, actually check them so the smoke can't get out.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:48 PM   #11
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Re: threadlock

I find the blue stuff is a little too strong for small screws and grub screws. If you can get the purple one (not red!) it's "low strength" and perfect for RC. Stripped too many screw heads using the blue stuff.
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