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  1. Airbrush Tools Modelling Tools If you have an airbrush, you know that you need some tools to properly maintain and protect it, but some are more obvious than others. Modelling Tools are all about airbrushes, and know exactly what you need, even if you sometimes don't. We've had a smattering of their available sets and tools (what's another word for "tools"?) Hand Held Illuminated Magnifier This useful bit of paraphernalia is a dual magnifier that also has a pair of LEDs built into the underside to throw light on your subject matter – very illuminating! It comes in a box that was far too tatty to show on camera, with a cool plastic clamshell carry case inside, which had a nice firm latch on one side. Within that is the magnifier, coddled within an impact-damping rubberised plastic. The magnifier lifts out, and the business end swings out from the protective metal shroud. The larger lens is the weaker magnification but should be sufficient to see most issues with your airbrush, while the smaller lens brings it even closer, which will be perfect for spotting cracks developing in your delicate nozzles. The LEDs are operated by a three-position switch with centre being off, and the other two positions lighting the nearest LED to get better light for each lens. The plastic top has a screw-in battery compartment that is operated with the supplied two-prong key that nestles below the magnifier in the box. There is one LR1130/LR55/AG10 battery, and you will need to take care replacing the cover as it looks easy to get cross-threaded. A quick test using my H&S Infinity CR2 shows just how mucky my needle is, but that there aren't any cracks developing in the current nozzle, which is nice. A worthwhile addition to your arsenal of tools, just don't let the missus pinch it for staring at her jewellery, as you'll never see it again! Note: the link will be updated shortly it leads to Modellingtools.co.uk main site at the moment 3ml Pipettes x 12 When you absolutely must transfer the tiniest of quantities of paint or thinners, or they could be used to squirt thinners through your airbrush, again in small quantities. WWII German Mark, British Penny and US 1c for scale. Note: the link will be updated shortly it leads to Modellingtools.co.uk main site at the moment Harder & Steenbeck Plastic nozzle Cap (127990) This cheap and handy little item is designed to fit their range of airbrushes, but would doubtless fit many others including the Gunze Sangyo ones I have in the workshop. Not only could it be used to protect the nozzle and needle, but it is also suitable for cleaning the airbrush, as it makes an airtight seal with the nozzle, allowing the user to backflush paint from the nozzle with the addition of thinners, or indeed mix the paint (carefully) by blowing bubbles through the cup. The latter preventing sediment from building up at the bottom where the paint is drawn from, thus reducing the chance of blockages. Quite a handy little yellow cup, overall. Note: the link will be updated shortly it leads to Modellingtools.co.uk main site at the moment Review sample supplied by
  2. Airbrush Flow Improver Vallejo Model Air 32ml If you have ever suffered from paint drying on the tip of your needle when airbrushing - particuarly when temperatures are higher than the usual cool winters we suffer here in Blighty, you may well be interested in this clear liquid that Vallejo sell as a complement to their paint system. Adding a few drops of the paint before mixing will slow-down the drying of the paint in such a way as to make it less likely that it will dry on the tip, or on the way to the model, so you can use it to reduce stoppages, and the likelihood of you achieving an unattractive orange-peel finish to your acrylic paint jobs. There is enough in the dropper-capped bottle to last most modellers a lifetime, so it works out quite an investment over time. Conclusion Although you can't guarantee your paint will never dry on the tip of your airbrush again, you can be sure that it will become less of a nuisance, which is often the bane of the airbrush novice, who tends to spend more time finding their "bite" when commencing paint flow than a seasoned professional. It's a very useful tool in your arsenal, no matter where you fall between those statuses. Review sample supplied by
  3. Little Nippers x 6 (Clamps) Modelling Tools Put away your dirty minds right now, as these aren't the nippers you're thinking of. These little clamps are useful little things for holding your model parts together without putting a world-shattering amount of pressure on the parts. They are made from a tough clear plastic, the flat jaw in clear, the other tinted red, with a small steel spring holding them closed. Light finger pressure on the ridged handles opens up the jaws to a maximum of 19mm, and in order to hold your model parts well, they both have slight ridges to increase grip. Put them on a highly sloped part however, and they will ping off, but that's just physics for you. Each bag contains six clips for a mere pittance (25p a clip!), and if you're a neatness freak, you can hang them up on small nails by the hole in the clear handle in neat serried rows near your desk. Modelling Tools are always striving to improve their products, and are currently looking into adding some form of rubberised tips to the jaws to improve grip further. No doubt we'll report back when they have something to show for their efforts. Highly recommended. Review sample supplied by
  4. Piranha Photo Etch Tool 13.5cm, 19.5cm & 30cm RP Toolz via Modelling Tools Photo-Etch (PE) at first appears to be a bit of a dark art to the novice modeller, but it can be a useful way of obtaining more realism in your work, but you need to have a few tools to hand if you're going to use it properly. Modern PE sets have a degree of cut-out-and-fit parts that anyone can use without spending money on tools other than a sharp knife and some tweezers. When you get more adept you're going to be folding PE, which requires a steady hand and at the very least some flat bladed pliers, which at best are a bit of a blunt instrument for many of the finer tasks, and lack length. A PE Bending Tool is the ultimate in PE tools, and consists of a flat plate with a clamp that has a number of different shaped and sized "fingers" projecting from the top plate. This one from RP Toolz has many, many fingers on the 195mm edition that I'm reviewing, but also has a few more on the longer 300mm monster, and a few less but more tightly spaced on the entry-level 135mm unit. The top plate is secured by spring-loaded knurled knobs that screw down onto bolts set into the lower plate, with a brass insert ensuring long life. The short plate has two knobs, the medium three, and the longest has four, all to obtain equal pressure along the entire jaw, and prevent PE slipping when being worked. All lengths have two tight-fitting pegs projecting through the top plate for perfect alignment at all times, and to remove the top you have to pull it off perfectly squarely or it will jam due to the fine tolerances. The base plate has a shiny surface and is made from hard metal, which I tried unsuccessfully to marr with a blade, although it does pick up fingerprints quite easily. The underside is covered with a black flock material to reduce slippage and protect your desktop from damage. The top plate is black, and has a PE Piranha logo attached in the centre, with the exception of the 195mm tool, which has it offset due to the central knob. A one-sided razor blade is included in the box in a card sleeve, which is used to "pick up" the edge of the PE part to be bent, and allow you to start the bend. You can pick up more blades cheaply on eBay or at any good hobby store if you dull or lose your original. To keep your device safe and usable, don't use it to hold anything it wasn't designed for, keep the tension on the screws to an appropriate level, and do your best never to drop it, as all those things might result in distortion of the plates, which will reduce its effectiveness. Conclusion I've had a PE tool for years now, and it was starting to show its age due to its aluminium construction. This one has none of the weakness of aluminium, and in use has both a wide variety of finger widths and shapes, as well as the option to spin the top plate 180o to use the straight rear edge for particularly long parts. When you come up against a part with a long folded edge that's about 3mm wide, using anything other than one of these tools is likely to result in disaster. I find the more even tension on the plate to be of great use, giving you confidence to work with all the fingers, not just the central ones. Initially I thought that the lack of groove in the base plate that was present on my old tool would be an issue, but having used it now I find that it makes no difference to the process, and the additional weight of the thing is reassuring. Very highly recommended. 135mm Tool 195mm Tool 300mm Tool Review sample supplied by
  5. Swivel Knife This knife looks like a fine bladed scalpel and indeed it is with one special addition, the blade assembly is free to rotate around its vertical axis. This allows you to cut very precise and tight curves in paper, card and thin plastic sheet. The blade is extremely sharp and does need a little care in handling it, but no more than any other craft knife. Thoughtfully the manufacturers supply a protective cap to not only protect your fingers but stop the fine blade from getting damaged. Conclusion It did take a couple off attempts to get used to using the knife. But after practice I was able to cut quite intricate shapes and tight curves. I found the knack was to apply just the right amount of pressure to the blade to allow it to cut without inducing unnecessary drag on the 'swivel' mechanism. The manufacturer provides three spare blades with the knife and these can be changed using a pair of pliers to lightly grip the blade and remove the old assembly and insert the new. The knife represent excellent value for money and would be a worthwhile addition to your modelling tool collection. Review sample supplied by
  6. Badder

    3D pens.

    Hi, so has anyone got one? A 3D pen that is, and are they any good for model-making. I first saw one advertised about 3 years ago when I was doing some sculptures (at that time, I hadn't made a model/diorama for three decades and didn't think of 3D pens in that context. I've looked around on the web and they seem quite cheap... somewhere around the 30 quid mark, and I was wondering if they would be any good for drawing/making trees, or more specifically branches and twigs. If anyone does have one and uses it for modelling, is the plastic compatible with the normal glues like CA and Liquid Poly? And if you do use them for making diorama features, can you please post some pics? Thanks, Badder.
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