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#1 CrazyGirl


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:19 AM

ok silly question time ,,, where do i find the fine tools to handle and work on photo-etch parts ,, sorry for being a pain ,, Anne

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:50 AM

Here's a few links for tools I use:


Tamiya bending pliers - for photo etch parts.  Many hobby stores sell these.

Xuron Professional Photo Etch Scissor Sometimes I just use an xacto knife to cut off the frets.

Bending tool: Micro-Mark has a similar one for less money.


Those are pretty much the basic tools to make things easier. I've also just used a metal edge to bend P.E.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:09 AM

Instead of paying all that money for a PE bender, you could use a metal straight edge to hold the piece and a razor blade to use as the bending tool.  Then too, you could wait because Fatkidd is working on a PE bending tool.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:12 AM

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:05 AM

I have the folding tool from the smallshop.it came with another tool to form metal PE into circular shapes.a good pair of scissors, &some pliers with a smooth wide jaw opening.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:13 AM

It looks like your question has been answered.  Let me add my 2 cents.  I use the Xuron PE shears / scissors and the Small Shop's Hold and Fold.  Both items are top quality and I whole heartedly recommend them.  If you are doing just the occasional one or two pieces of PE and have simple bends you can get by without the PE tools.  I have 1:350 USS Missouri and Yamato with tons of PE and these tools will be essential.  Although the Hold and Fold is pricey, once you buy it you'll have it for a lifetime.