Many builders will already have a set of tools that they own, and personal preferences for what works best for them. As a guide our kits will typically require the following tools at a minimum:
A selection of modelling knives - both Stanley type and scalpels are useful. Keep them sharp!
Electric or hand drills - small hobby types with a range of attachments are particularly handy
A dedicated cutting mat (or sheet of scrap hardboard, replaced when necessary)
A steel rule for making straight cuts and accurate measuring
Pliers and side cutters
Sandpaper - fine Wet or Dry and a range of coarser grades are handy
Pencils - both graphite and chinagraph
Paint brushes & cleaners
A variety of clamps and elastic bands - "pound" shops often have good offers on small plastic spring clamps. Be warned - the more clamps the better!
Files & Tweezers- both normal and small needle/square files