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Etch mate for a novice.
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England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Member Since: June 23, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2009 - 07:25 AM UTC
Hello. Iíve been working on my Centurion MK. 5/1 RAAC (see the Armor/AFV section ) .
I have the Eduard set for the Centurion and I was thinking about getting an etch mate to help me with Photo etch parts. Could anyone recommend a good etch mate for a beginner and that is good value for money please? Any help would be superb


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Ontario, Canada
Member Since: July 18, 2005
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2009 - 08:57 AM UTC
Not an etch mate, but I bought the Hold and Fold Bug and have never regretted it.
One of the cheaper options, and so far has handled 90% of the bending tasks I have needed it for. Will eventually get a bigger one for the larger items I need to fold, but even then, this will probably be my main tool.
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California, United States
Member Since: August 25, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2009 - 12:01 PM UTC
The Bug is great. Very easy to use.

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Jerusalem, Israel
Member Since: February 06, 2009
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 03:35 AM UTC
5 speed hold and fold is great
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New Brunswick, Canada
Member Since: October 18, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 05:33 AM UTC
Yes for sure, stick to the Small Shop Hold & Fold benders, much higher quality, service is next to none, and lifetime warranty on the bending head!
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Connecticut, United States
Member Since: April 02, 2005
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 08:24 AM UTC
Definitely get a Hold N Fold product over the Etchmate. I have 3 folding tools and use the Hold N Fold Bug 90% of the time.
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: July 28, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 08:33 AM UTC
Look through the reviews here on Armorama - I believe most of the Hold n Folds are reviewed here. I was doing the same pondering as you a few weeks ago, but decided to go for the 5 speed over the Bug, mainly because the larger one seems to handle fenders better. I don't believe the price difference is too great (well wasn't from my tools reseller).