I'm doing this thread partly in response to cardmodelers block I have run into in the past. Since the addition of my sweet 'lil tools, this block has not happened. I am hoping this thread will help any of you suffering from this rare malady. First up; 1 The cutting mat. if you don't have one...get one. I used to use a piece of glass to cut on (works very well) but the knife slid way too easily for my liking and the tips always broke off too soon. (Wallmart) 2 X-Acto knife. ONLY X-Acto will do, don't care what anyone says. I use the #2 handle with the #24 blade. The #1 blade is nice but the tips break way too easily leaving the knife useless. I have replaced my #24 blade ONCE in the last two years. (Wallmart) 3 Straight edge. One with a very thin edge and this is why... I DO NOT SCORE !!! !!! !!! Actually, I do not score 99.996% of the cardmodels I build. Scoring weakens the model and I cannot seem to score without cutting all the way through. so... I use the straight edge to FOLD the parts. Put a small light behind the straight edge and the part to be folded so you can see the shadow of the straight edge, line 'er up, and fold. (Michael's or any good Art supply) 4 Tiny scissors. I do not know the brand name of these but they are THE most important addition to my cardmodeling arsenal. These scissors will follow ANY line to be cut, EASILY, no matter how small the part. In fact I would almost be confident enough to throw out...er...I mean...not use (gasp) my X-acto knife, that's how well these work. (don't worry, I'm keeping my X-acto). (Wallmart) 5 Miracle point tweezers. If your fingers are larger than a five year old childs hands, then these are necessary. Also damn good for at-home surgery!(Army-Navy surplus) 6 Small needlenose pliars. With a smooth jaw. For "spot welding" parts. I use Elmers glue and we all know how long you have to hold parts until this glue dries. Take your small needlenose and clamp the lined up parts in one small area really hard, and you have just spot welded the parts. They will be able to be pulled apart if you mess up but you will suffer damage if you do. (Hardware store) 7 Tiny closepins. for temporary clamping of glued parts.(Michael's) 8 Glue There has already been a good thread on glue...your choice. 9 Asstorted dowels. Not really shown. For rolling tubes...etc... 10 Edge coloring. Again, there has already been a good thread on this, I might just add, I used to use Sharpie colored pens but they bleed too much. Now, I use acrylic paint. It comes in EVERY color if you include the ability to mix. 11 Needles and pins. for rolling, poking, aligning, and all around general fun! Finally, for the last necessity... 12 Happy thoughts. Need I explain? I look forward to any suggestions or techniques I have not thought of or mentioned.