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Advice Sought on the Best PE Bending Tool without bursting the Bank

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I have previously used pe with discretion avoiding too much (unsuccessful generally) bending.


the time has come to move out of the sphere of ignorance and cowardice!!!


what bending tool would you recommend as a preliminary search shows lots of strange shaped vice like objects?  And what’s the typical cost?  Where best to buy?  The dreaded internet site fleabay or your local model shop or where?


tia as usual 

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HI  John


funnily enough I just bought one,  Creative Models do 3 sizes, listed as being Trumpeter on the site though the box says Master Tools.


    The middle sized one has been in their weekly specials a couple of times,   at £20.99 as opposed to £30.99, which is why I bit. 



they do two other sizes

Large  http://www.creativemodels.co.uk/trumpeter_tools_photo_etched_parts_bender_large_162x79mm_-p-32800.html

small http://www.creativemodels.co.uk/trumpeter_tools_photo_etched_parts_bender_small_59x59mm_-p-32802.html


the medium looked a reasonable compromise.   I have seen folks make them out of bulldog clips and Stanley knife blades.  


There are a variety,  though from what I can see, the above looks like it would do most jobs on aircraft etch bits.   I've not opened mine up as yet. 


PS EDIT - I just opened it, feels well made and solid, and the top section rotates, so each side can go on the work area, or an edge, so looks to be fairly versatile tool.  


The bigger ones are mostly longer,  and seem aimed for armour and ship modellers,  with long bits to bend.    (I surmise)


Evilbay has a few,  small ones that look like the small Master Tools one, but 'free post' just above the customs limit at £15.32



and the above for about £27 posted from the UK.  Ones from non Chinese sources seem to be a fair chunk more.  


As often here,  by posting ill informed cobblers, someone who really knows will then be spurred to counter such ill informed speculation ;) 



Edited by Troy Smith
added a PS

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