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The 5-Speed Hold & Fold Workstation

Published: January 1st, 2009     
The 5-Speed Hold & Fold Workstation
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Company: The Small Shop

I would like to thank Julie Lockwood for this review sample.

I would consider myself to be very experienced working with photo etched parts, having added them to armor, aircraft and ship models. In fact I love the challenge of working with the media. Up until now, however, I have roughed it, being content working the metal with a few pairs of pliers, scrap dowel, a steel rule, a no. 11 knife blade and a scrap piece of acrylic. In fact, I have turned up my nose at the fancy PE folding tools on the market. So Julie Lockwood of Kalama Precision Machine may not have realized that she was throwing down a challenge when she asked me to review some of their latest PE working tools. Suddenly, I was in the lion's den ... alone.

Standard Rolling Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Rolling Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Company: The Small Shop

The Small Shop, the makers of the "Hold-n-Fold" photo-etch workstation, have added a new tool to their lineup, the "Standard Rolling Set".

This set comes with a milled aluminum base and a total of twelve rollers in metal and wood.

  • Wood - 3/4", 5/8", 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 5/16", 1/4" & 3/16"
  • Steel - 0.125", .09375", .078" & .0625"

The milled base has a series of rounded cutouts that many of the smaller rollers will fit into. The base is not needed for the larger diameter rollers.

Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Company: The Small Shop

What You Get in the Bag

The Photo Etch Part Cut-Out Kit is packaged in a simple poly bag containing 3 black 3/32 inch-thick Plexiglas square tiles just shy of 4 inches on each edge, 1 clear 3/8 inch diameter Plexiglas rod 1 inch long, and 1 clear 3/32 inch thick Plexiglas tile measuring 1 by 1.5 inches. The rod has a slight chamfer (a 45 degree cut that softens the edge) on one end, and one long edge of the small clear tile is also chamfered. A one page instruction and description sheet is included. All of the parts were loose in the bag, but the black tile had protective paper to protect the finish.

How Does the Thing Work Anyway?

Now that the dry descriptive part of the review is out of the way, the operational part of this neat little tool is really quite delightful. The Small Shop makes an impressive variety of photo-etch tools, and the cut-out kit is intended to be used in conjunction with other tools offered in the same line. It is important to note that the kit will work just fine without any additional co-purchases.

Porsche 962 Multimedia BBS Wheel Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Porsche 962 Multimedia BBS Wheel Set
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton - IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/24
Company: M & S Hobbies

Produced to fit the Tamiya Porsche 962 kit, this set contains four turned and polished aluminum wheels, cast white metal inserts, and a fret of photo-etched trim rings. Assembly is a very straightforward affair that involves installing the centers into the rims, and attaching the trim ring to the center. I recommend painting the center insert gold before installing them on the rims. After the photo etched trim ring is added, a dark wash was used to give a little added depth. The tires pressed on, and they were complete. The center lug nut could be polished, or painted depending on the car you're modeling. Check your references when deciding what to do with the nut.

Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 1

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 1
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy - IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/20
Company: Fujimi

This kit is Fujimi's second 1:20 scale Formula One Grand Prix racer. Their first was also a Ferrari 126C2 but from a different race in 1982. This particular car ran at the U.S. Grand Prix held at Long Beach, CA. The thing that makes this car different is the rear wing.

The G.P. at Long Beach required a high down force wing for the street circuit. The rules at the time stated that any piece of bodywork (wings included) behind the rear axle could be a maximum of 110cm wide but did not specify that this be measured from the center of the car, so Ferrari fitted two individual wings, one slightly ahead of the other, each 110cm. In the race Gilles Villenueve finished 3rd on the road but the race stewards later declared that this wing was illegal and the results didn't stand.

At first look, I was very impressed with the detail of the parts and the vast number of them. This looks like it will be an easy build. The instructions are very well illustrated and numbered so I don't foresee any problems with any part of the build. The decals are very sharp and crisp and include all the markings that were on the real car.

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