Modeling Products

Reviews of general scale modeling products such as paint, glue, etc.

Dropper - Short Version

Published: February 4th, 2016     
Dropper - Short Version
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: n/a
Company: Eduard

Eduard has been issuing the world’s best photoetch for a long time now and I have watched many of my modeling friends use all sorts of things to add CA glue to the parts- toothpicks, dental tools, sprue parts and many more. The issue is how to apply the minimum amount of glue needed. Eduard has issued a nifty little tool to help apply the glue.

The parts come on a photoetch fret with 20 droppers. The droppers have a etched lower part and come to a tip with two small forks. Use is simple- cut the dropper free and make sure not to damage the tip. It is designed to fit into a #11 knife handle. Place it into the handle like a knife blade and tighten it up.

To use it, put a pool of glue near where you work. Dip the tip in and place the tip onto where you want it. I tried different thicknesses of glue. The thinner the glue, the better it flows off but even fresh gap filling works well. It took a little practice but eventually, I got good a putting down a single dot as it shows in the pictures.

Photo-Etch Tool Kit

Published: January 7th, 2016     
Photo-Etch Tool Kit
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Xuron Corporation

One of the lessons that I’ve learned over my years of modeling is that it is wise to use the tool best suited for the job at hand. I have a number of high quality tools and many of them have the label, “Xuron” on the handle.

My latest acquisition is the Xuron Tk 3600 Photo Etch Took Kit. The Xuron webpage featuring the TK 3600 states that this kit was designed for scale model builders working with delicate photo-etch. Is there any other kind of PE? The kit contains three tools for cutting, bending and holding PE parts.

Model 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissor cuts the PE, Model 450 TweezerNose™ Plier holds the PE, and the Model 575 Micro Bending Plier bends it.

Xuron Cutters

Published: January 4th, 2016     
Xuron Cutters
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Xuron Corporation

Xuron offers an excellent set of hobby tools, cleverly disguised as ‘Field Service Tools’ for electricians and technicians. This set is presented in a fabric pouch, which has three pockets for the tools, and two additional pockets to store a ruler, a set of files, picks, scribers, and other small hand tools.

Xuron’s description of the product: “The tri-fold pouch includes a Model 410T Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter with a refined tip for access into restricted areas, Model 440 Mini-Scissor for slitting cable jacketing, and the Model 450 Tweezer-Nose pliers for tightening pins, forming connectors or holding wires.”

For the hobbyist it might be more beneficial to identify the tools in this fashion: The Model 440 Mini-Scissor can be used to snip PE parts from the carriers, as well as those tiny plastic parts from their carriers without damage to the parts.

The Model 410T Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter has an angled cutting surface and is an excellent tool for removing parts from carriers without leaving a separation nub on the part.

3D Center Locating Tool Jig

Published: September 23rd, 2015     
3D Center Locating Tool Jig
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: UMM-USA

UMM continues to make and issue tools that their owner John Vojtech has developed and used to make his award winning models. The UMM™ 3D Center Locating Tool Jig is one of those tools. What you get is two pieces of aluminum bolted together so that the bottom forms a v-shaped notch and the top forms a straight edge aligning with the point of the notch. The purpose of the tool is simple, find the exact center of a round or square object. This is extremely handy when you need that center for drilling out holes or attached things exactly on center.

I tried the jig on the bottom of a bust which needed to be attached to a base, and I had to drill and insert a pin to insure its stability. I slid the base square to the notched side and drew a line up the straight edge. I then rotated the jig and drew a second line and “X” marks the center. Perfect. Repeat this for the base and drill and pin perfectly. It also works on square parts. The only limitation I see is that my 2” wide base was about as big as it could go but it will work for any part smaller than that and I was using a 1/6 scale figure kit so it was large.