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Florida, United States
Member Since: December 01, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 08:44 AM UTC
I seen in some catologs that there are some tools for PE. I was going to buy them but I would like to find out if there worth it.

I got a VP .50 cal set and the PE is tiny. I tried to cut out some of the parts with a hobby knife and they broke so I stopped and was trying to find out if there was any tools that help.

I have used PE before but the small stuff like this no. I got some extra money so I though before I go into a major resin & PE kit I would ask if there's any special tools.

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Queensland, Australia
Member Since: October 07, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 09:00 AM UTC
there are PE cutters availiable similar to sprue cutters for plastic but they are expensive.

I use a sharp curved blade (#23) on a ceramic tile and just roll the blade over the PE sprue line. I then trim it closer if need be with this and finish with a fine needle file.

to bend the PE I use a flat steel rule and a one sided razor blade. I would love a PE folder but once again as I do not use a lot of it now it is uneconomical for me to part out the cash. However if I had money to spare this tool is what I would buy. My preference being the 'Hold & Fold' brand.

For resin the only extra tool I have is a razor saw. This comes in handy for trimming the casting blocks off. Other then that my plastic tools do as good a job on resin as they do on plastic.

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Milano, Italy
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Posted: Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 04:52 PM UTC
I agree at 100% to what Mr. Roo said. I've got a PE folder and in my view is a waste of money. I hardly use it and 99% of PE an be bent using Cliff's method or with the help of a flat noze plier that you can buy at any hardware store. To cut PE i've got a tool meant to cut the excess of wire left after soldering electronic components. Once you get used to it you cut your PE almost perfectly and without any need for filing. You can find it at electronic components shops for a few bucks.
For resin the sama as Mr. Roo here.