Monday, October 12, 2020 - 10:26 PM UTC
After releasing the MTS-038 Photo-etched Parts Bender, MENG and DSPIAE now release another new product for the preparation of PE parts, the MTS-046 Mini Photo-etched Parts Bender.
This smaller product is a perfect choice for modellers who donít need to work with large PE parts. This delicate and exquisite bender is composed by aluminum alloy and stainless steel. It contains 12 bending teeth for the bending of small precision PE parts with complicated shapes.
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Very alike the 'Hold N Fold' "The Bug" tool. Be interesting to see the price comparison for those that are looking to buy such a tool. The Bug has provision for bending Sherman brush guards to shape. Can't tell from these photos if you can do the same with this one. This one has one vertical edge that my Bug doesn't, but from experience, you have to bend etch beyond the vertical and let it spring back a bit. As always, it will be decision of the purchaser.
OCT 13, 2020 - 08:08 AM
Another arrival at the PE bending suppliers' group. Looks competent enough. I've already got the Mission Models variant.
OCT 13, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Would people recommend these tools ? I have often wondered if they are a worthwhile investment, as I usually do the the old needle nose pliers and lots of dropping on the floor method then looking for hours for lost bits lol ...... do they make a big difference ?
OCT 13, 2020 - 06:07 PM
For some no, but for me yes. It is a lot easier to prevent twists or bend longer sections with these tools than pliers. I also use it as a 'Handy Dandy' holder when I solder parts together (and can't use my magnet and steel plates jig) or when I am making scratch built parts, especially scratch built brass objects where I have scribed a line, etc.
OCT 13, 2020 - 06:57 PM
Agree with Peter, for me it is not an essential tool but sometimes it comes handy. If you have to bend a part without scribbed lines (for scratch builds), the difference is quite noticeable, it produces a much sharper bent -at least compared with my pliers.
OCT 13, 2020 - 10:43 PM
Ok, Im convinced ... will have a look at various types and open that wallet lol
OCT 14, 2020 - 03:28 AM

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