From years of experience come the following suggestions: Supplies: 1) Rosin core solder - the best for what we are doing is Kester 44 and I usually get the 0.031" diameter 1 pound spool. 2) old cellulose sponge - not the "plastic" type but the type that will get hard as a rock when dry. This is moistened and used to wipe the crud off of the soldering iron tip regularly. 3) Kynar wire - this is a type of small wire that is used for wire-wrapping(more on that later) but works very well for getting into tight places and making easy connections. I buy small spools of at least two different colors. 4) Kapton tape - this a heat-insensitive insulating tape that beats anything else I have ever found. I use it primarily for holding things in place but also for protective insulation between a locomotive motor connects and the frame. 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" widths. 5) Heat shrink tubing - find an assortment of sizes, focusing on the smaller end of the spectrum - this is great for insulating splices. I use a lot of 1 mm, 1.5mm and 2mm. 6) Good electrical tape. There is none better than 3M #33. The adhesive will not get nasty and sticky with time and this tape will stretch to get a good, tight wrap. Tools: (NOTE: read my update post #4) 1) A̵ ̵h̵i̵g̵h̵ ̵w̵a̵t̵t̵a̵g̵e̵ ̵s̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵g̵u̵n̵,̵ ̵s̵u̵c̵h̵ ̵a̵s̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵W̵e̵l̵l̵e̵r̵ ̵8̵2̵0̵0̵.̵ ̵ ̵T̵h̵i̵s̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵i̵n̵v̵a̵l̵u̵a̵b̵l̵e̵ ̵f̵o̵r̵ ̵m̵a̵k̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵g̵o̵o̵d̵ ̵s̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵ ̵j̵o̵i̵n̵t̵s̵ ̵w̵e̵r̵e̵ ̵c̵u̵r̵r̵e̵n̵t̵ ̵f̵l̵o̵w̵ ̵m̵a̵t̵t̵e̵r̵s̵ ̵-̵ ̵b̵u̵s̵ ̵&̵ ̵f̵e̵e̵d̵e̵r̵ ̵w̵i̵r̵e̵s̵ ̵f̵o̵r̵ ̵D̵C̵C̵,̵ ̵s̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵f̵e̵e̵d̵e̵r̵s̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵r̵a̵i̵l̵s̵.̵ ̵ ̵T̵h̵e̵ ̵r̵e̵a̵s̵o̵n̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵h̵a̵v̵e̵ ̵s̵u̵c̵h̵ ̵a̵ ̵t̵o̵o̵l̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵t̵h̵a̵t̵ ̵y̵o̵u̵ ̵a̵r̵e̵ ̵t̵r̵y̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵h̵e̵a̵t̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵j̵o̵i̵n̵t̵ ̵q̵u̵i̵c̵k̵l̵y̵ ̵a̵n̵d̵ ̵m̵o̵r̵e̵ ̵m̵a̵s̵s̵ ̵i̵n̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵j̵o̵i̵n̵t̵ ̵r̵e̵q̵u̵i̵r̵e̵s̵ ̵m̵o̵r̵e̵ ̵p̵o̵w̵e̵r̵.̵ ̵ ̵I̵f̵ ̵y̵o̵u̵ ̵d̵o̵n̵'̵t̵ ̵h̵e̵a̵t̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵j̵o̵i̵n̵t̵ ̵w̵e̵l̵l̵ ̵-̵ ̵r̵e̵s̵i̵s̵t̵a̵n̵c̵e̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵r̵e̵s̵u̵l̵t̵ ̵a̵n̵d̵ ̵r̵e̵s̵i̵s̵t̵a̵n̵c̵e̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵n̵o̵t̵ ̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵f̵r̵i̵e̵n̵d̵.̵ ̵ ̵A̵l̵s̵o̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵q̵u̵i̵c̵k̵l̵y̵ ̵p̵a̵r̵t̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵v̵e̵r̵y̵ ̵i̵m̵p̵o̵r̵t̵a̵n̵t̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵h̵e̵l̵p̵ ̵p̵r̵e̵v̵e̵n̵t̵ ̵m̵e̵l̵t̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵t̵i̵e̵s̵ ̵w̵h̵e̵n̵ ̵s̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵ ̵t̵o̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵r̵a̵i̵l̵s̵. 2) A̵ ̵L̵o̵w̵ ̵W̵a̵t̵t̵a̵g̵e̵ ̵S̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵I̵r̵o̵n̵ ̵o̵r̵ ̵b̵u̵t̵a̵n̵e̵-̵f̵i̵r̵e̵d̵ ̵s̵o̵l̵d̵e̵r̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵p̵e̵n̵.̵ ̵ ̵M̵y̵ ̵f̵a̵v̵o̵r̵i̵t̵e̵ ̵i̵r̵o̵n̵ ̵-̵ ̵i̵t̵ ̵h̵a̵s̵ ̵b̵e̵e̵n̵ ̵w̵i̵t̵h̵ ̵m̵e̵ ̵f̵o̵r̵ ̵o̵v̵e̵r̵ ̵2̵0̵ ̵y̵e̵a̵r̵s̵ ̵-̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵m̵a̵d̵e̵ ̵b̵y̵ ̵A̵n̵t̵e̵x̵;̵ ̵c̵h̵o̵o̵s̵e̵ ̵1̵5̵ ̵-̵ ̵1̵8̵ ̵w̵a̵t̵t̵.̵ ̵ ̵I̵t̵ ̵i̵s̵ ̵s̵m̵a̵l̵l̵ ̵a̵n̵d̵ ̵c̵a̵n̵ ̵g̵e̵t̵ ̵i̵n̵t̵o̵ ̵t̵i̵g̵h̵t̵ ̵p̵l̵a̵c̵e̵s̵ ̵a̵n̵d̵ ̵h̵a̵s̵ ̵a̵ ̵v̵e̵r̵y̵ ̵s̵m̵a̵l̵l̵ ̵t̵i̵p̵.̵ ̵ ̵I̵ ̵a̵l̵s̵o̵ ̵h̵a̵v̵e̵ ̵a̵ ̵W̵e̵l̵l̵e̵r̵ ̵0̵4̵0̵7̵ ̵B̵u̵t̵a̵n̵e̵ ̵t̵o̵o̵l̵ ̵t̵h̵a̵t̵ ̵I̵ ̵b̵o̵u̵g̵h̵t̵ ̵a̵s̵ ̵a̵ ̵k̵i̵t̵ ̵-̵ ̵g̵o̵o̵d̵ ̵f̵o̵r̵ ̵a̵l̵l̵ ̵k̵i̵n̵d̵s̵ ̵o̵f̵ ̵j̵o̵b̵s̵ ̵i̵n̵c̵l̵u̵d̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵s̵h̵r̵i̵n̵k̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵h̵e̵a̵t̵ ̵s̵h̵r̵i̵n̵k̵ ̵t̵u̵b̵i̵n̵g̵.̵ 3) A Soldering Iron Stand - keeps the soldering iron at bay to lessen the chance of burns and most importantly prevent unintentionally melting the pride of your fleet. 4) A good pair of Flush-cutting pliers. The name you're looking for is Xuron. These allow a good close cut - they are also good for removing plastic model parts from the sprues. 5) Clip On Heat Sinks - theses are like aluminum clothes pins that can protect components from the heat of soldering. They clip on LED leads, etc. Also good for holding small items. 5 piece kit about $5 6) Small needle nose pliers for getting into tight places 7) Wire strippers with stripping holes for all gauges of wire. We don't want to nick the conductors since 80% of the current flows on the surface (believe it or not). 8) A good modeling knife like the ubiquitous X-acto knife. 9) Soldering tools - to help hold, twist or bend leads 10) Extra credit - get a desoldering tool - bulb type or spring-cocked solder sucker. These can't be beat for removing heated solder to get things loose. For guys on a budget like me, I have used the heck out of my Soldapullt to scavenge resistors, capacitors and LEDs from dead electronic stuff from VCRs to cordless phones to radios - anything! 11) Helping hands holding tool that has adjustable alligator clips on a crossbar. I picked four up for about $3 each off ebay. That's what I have in the drawer next to my work space in addition to all the other general tools. I had to figure this stuff out and find it all kinds of places before the convenience of Google and the internet. As I wrote this post, I jumped around on the 'net searching for the suggested stuff and was able to find everything at very competitive prices. But please, don't forget your local hobby shop. Give them a chance, too. Hope this helps. p.s. There are also tutorials floating around on the net for soldering, take the time to watch and practice on some hunks of wire 'til you get a good clean joint. MORE TO COME!!!