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Mini-planes, not the models.
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British Columbia, Canada
Member Since: December 02, 2016
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Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC

So trying to get some seams to fit together better and I was wondering if anyone has tried mini-planes?

Like these ones..
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Victoria, Australia
Member Since: December 02, 2016
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Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 05:01 PM UTC
In my experience, with plastic you're better off sanding on a flat surface for mating parts.

I do use them for wooden models, and they are great. You may also want to consider a plane with a razor blade, which is a lot cheaper and does well for thin cuts (and I do use for trimming plastic parts, but more often sheet/stock when scratchbuilding):


You can get other ones a lot cheaper too.
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Virginia, United States
Member Since: May 18, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:45 AM UTC
I have a mini-plane that, is made by Stanley. The thing is probably about 3 inches long, an inch-and-a-half wide, and about an inch tall. A finger-tightened screw holds the blade in place, and adjusts the depth of cut. I originally bought it for fine-tuning joints in my woodworking projects, but I've found it has a multitude of uses.