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SeanM posted a topic in Newbies Start HereTools Optivisor 3.5X $39.00 £49.95 Swann-Morton No 3 $2.69 £2.99 Blade 10A (box 100) $12.32 £9.74 Swann Morton Blade Remover Unit Box $4.00 £3.95 TAMIYA Tools Modellers Side Cutter 74093 $16.99 £13.52 Beadalon Nipper Tool $7.90 £7.79 Needle file set $6.00 £4.75 A3 Self healing Cutting Mat $16.00 £6.25 Vallejo Putty $3.59 £2.95 Tamiya Extra Thin cement (Dark Grren Top) $3.30 £4.99 Tamiya Extra Thin Quick Dry cement 87182 (lime green top) $3.30 £4.99 Choice of CA Glue (Super glue) eg ZAP $4.95 £5.33 Sanding sticks (usually a pack of 4 of different grains) $8.56 £12.00 Tweezers X Type $2.69 £2.99 Set of paint brushes $5.58 £6.86 cocktail sticks $1.23 £1.00 Johnson's Cotton Buds $1.00 £1.00 blue-tack $1.00 £1.62 Paper-Towel (Pack 2 Rolls) $3.64 £2.50 Sub-Total $143.74 £145.17 Finishing Paint Tamiya 10ml Bottle $2.99 £1.95 isopropyl alcohol 5l $14.94 £16.99 Pledge FloorCare Finish 27 Ounces $6.18 £6.99 Panel wash (set 3) $17.50 £10.00 Sub-Total $41.61 £35.93 Decals Tamiya Markfit $6.25 £4.99 Tamiya Markfit Strong $6.25 £4.99 Sub-Total $12.50 £9.98 TOTAL $197.85 £191.08 COMPRSSOR AND AIRBRUSH NOT INCLUDED
Aluminium Alloy Hand Drill DSPIAE Catalogue # AT-HD Available from Breveco Modelling for €22.50 If you’ve never heard of the DSPIAE and their excellent but small (at the moment) range of modelling tools, then you really should acquaint yourself with them. In recent months, we have taken a look at their Stepless Adjustment Circle Cutter, Single Blade Nipper 2.0 and Craft Tools Rack , and I now use these regularly over other tools that I’ve been using for years. As with the previous DSPIAE tool, this new one I look at today has been sent to me by those kind folks at Breveco Modelling in The Netherlands (hi Evert and Corien!). This time, DSPIAE has chosen to focus its innovation onto a new hand drill set. I have several pin-vices in my tool armoury, some far better than others, so I was looking forward to seeing how this new release fared. The first thing that you notice with this particular brand of tool is the heavy, bomb-proof and amazingly high-quality packaging with some quite bizarre but original artwork. The inspiration must’ve been something Inca or Aztec. It’s certainly very eye-catching. On the side of the box is a code to certify the tool is a genuine DSPIAE product. To open the box, you push the side of the package to reveal a product tray within. A red insert welcomes you to your purchase with a nice THANK YOU! Lifting this insert out and opening it up reveals a set of instructions for the drill, but I doubt you’ll actually need them! There is also a spare Allen/hex key for tightening up your chosen drill but in the hand drill pin-vice. At this point you may ask why this isn’t a twist and lock affair, and I can’t answer that. Only DSPIAE must have the reasoning for that. It’s certainly the first pin-vice I have with such a lock method. Lifting out the insert reveals the rather elegant tool, plus a set of tungsten steel drill bits in their own lockable plastic case. Lastly, a small hex screwdriver for locking the aforementioned drill bits into the pin-vice. The shape of the pin-vice is also unique. I was a little sceptical as to how it would feel in the hand, with its fluted appearance, but was pleasantly surprised that it was actually very comfortable. You will note the black plastic stop on the top of the tool, that sits in the palm of your hand. This is fixed to the aluminium body by means of a bearing, so it rotates easily and prevents those blisters that can result from hours of repetitive drilling work. The finish of the tool is also excellent, with red anodising and the DSPIAE name. Now, when it comes to attaching the drill bit, it’s quite simple. Your chosen bit plugs into the end and the small grub screw is used to tighten and lock it into place. As I’ve said, this is quite an unusual approach where the twist and lock method is usually the one we see. This set comes with a nifty pack of tungsten steel drill bits in a clear plastic case. Be careful opening this or you’ll scatter the drill bits, and some of these are very small. There are a total of 10 drill bits, ranging from 0.3 to 1.2mm, in 0.1mm increments. I do find that these are a little stronger than some other materials used for micro-drill bits, but care will still need to be exercised. One thing of note here is that the shank of these drill bits is common to other sets on the market, meaning you can still use the sets that you may currently have. Conclusion This is a simple but high-quality tool. If you already have a pin-vice, it might be hard to justify another, but this would be a good tool to use as a primary. If you are in the market for one, and wanted a small set of drill bits too, then again, this is a very good option. The quality of DSPIAE tools is beyond doubt, and I’m becoming a bit of a junkie for their range, which is expanding nicely. Check them out at Breveco Modelling. Highly recommended My sincere thanks to Breveco Modelling for the review sample seen here. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
Single Blade Nipper 2.0 DSPIAE Catalogue # HRC58~64 Available from Breveco Modelling for €34,50 Without a doubt, my finest pair of cutters was a 80s pair of Lindstrom electronic side-cutters. These seemed to be built to last an entire lifetime, and their cutting edges, even after time trimming resistor and capacitor legs, were still like brand new. They weren’t cheap either. I remember in the 1990s, these were still around £70. Unfortunately, they now seem lost, and for a while now I’ve been using a Xuron sprue cutter. Very recently, Evert and Corien at Breveco Modelling, asked me if I would like to take the new DSPIAE Single Blade Nipper 2.0 for a spin. I’d heard good things about these in terms of quality and operation, so thought this was a perfect opportunity to lay the ghost of my old lost Lindstrom to rest. This tool comes in a box which I can only say is as good as anything Apple produce, and very reminiscent of the Beats headphones I recently got with my MacBook Pro. Construction of the packaging is hard-core, with an explosion-proof tray with a lid that holds itself almost through air suction! The attractive packaging has an outline drawing on the lid, and an ID number on the side, to indicate this is a genuine DSPIAE tool. When you lift the lid, the first thing you see is a removable tray that contains a holster for the tool. This appears to be leather, or something similar, and it’s embossed with the company name. An explanation is also given for the design of the tool, having only a single blade. More on that soon. This tray also contains an inventory that says there is a cleaning cloth in the packet, although I can’t see one in mine. Also in this tray is a plastic cap for the cutter, presumably in case you don’t use the leather holster. Removing this tray reveals the tool itself, sat neatly into a foam cut-out, plus an adjustment tool. The tool is there so you can a small limit regulator that prevents the user from forcing the cutting edge and cutting face together too hard, and possibly lessening the life of the tool. This is adjusted by holding the tool to the light, and setting the screw so that the blade and face only just come together. One thing that hits you is that the spring on these isn’t particularly high tension, meaning that little force is needed to close the cutter and cut plastic. The handles are also very ergonomic and extremely comfortable to handle, unlike the square appearance of my old Lindstrom tool. As for the cutter part, only one blade is present, and this is super sharp. The opposing face, instead of being another blade, is simply a flat, stopper surface. To test, I cut plastic from various manufacturers. These were Zoukei-mura, Eduard, Hasegawa and Tamiya, and what I found with all of them was an almost zero-resistance result during cutting, even with the low tension spring. Generally, you could barely tell you were cutting through any plastic, and that includes some of the thicker sprue plastic. Removing individual parts, from fuselage halves, down to small detail parts, was less than effortless. Quite remarkable. The cuts themselves are very neat, with no crushing, and if you look at the cut sprue image, you’ll see that both faces are practically vertical, almost as if separated with a razor saw. Of course, you need a clean cut, and this is exactly what this tool delivers. Conclusion You can probably tell that I’m very impressed with these. In fact, I’d say these are the most precise cutters I’ve used in 40yrs of modelling, and it’s actually a total pleasure to use and handle them. If you are doing a lot of parts removal, it could well be worth investing a little time during each session to ensure that the limit regulator is still set correctly so that you can’t force the cutting edges together too hard. I really can’t praise this useful tool highly enough. It really is superb. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Breveco Modelling for the opportunity to road-test this cutter. To purchase directly, click THIS link.
Hi, For those that don't know us here is a potted history. We started trading in 2003 as little-cars.com. My hobby was building 1/43rd car kits, so decided to trade in these. I Also decided to stock the glues & tools needed to build the kits. Worked out that I could sell tools & supplied to anyone, but kits were very specialist, so a lot of our resources into the tools & supply side. This side has grown over many years and we have often sourced and stock products not generally available in the UK as requested by our customers. We now stock, several different airbrush ranges, glues, paints, washes, knives, plastics, sanding products, loads of general modelling tools, specialist tools like the jlc saw and hold 7 fold range and a load of other related products and our own products detailing wires and little-lenses. Around 3000 different products in stock at the moment. We were late getting an online shop. So decided to change the name from little-cars to modellingtools.co.uk to make it a little more obvious what we area selling. The website has now been live for 20 months ( still have a few some products to add to it ) and it's really taken off nicely. Unlike a lot of web shops, we still attend 30-40 model shows a year. People often want to look at and pick up tools they buy to see if they feel right and shows give people this opportunity to do this. We think this is important, especially if you are investing money into a good quality airbrush, so we have a range of demonstration brushes to allow people to try them out before they buy. We always aim to get people the right tools at a good price. Thanks, Paul