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What do you make with your Waldron punch and die set?

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  • Member since
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  • From: West Virginia, USA
What do you make with your Waldron punch and die set?
Posted by mfsob on Saturday, April 21, 2007 9:05 PM

I'm just curious what others do with them - I'm primarily a 1/700 ship guy, so I've used the regular and sub-miniature sets to make:

  • Life rings (yeah, it took me awhile to get it right, but once I hit my stride ...);
  • Porthole covers;
  • Blocks (pulleys) to rig cargo booms - with stretched sprue for cables, they don't look half bad!;
  • Tires (for 1/700 vehicles as deck cargo);
  • Cable reel ends;

... among other things. My only beef is that now Roll Models is the sole source of these wonderful little tools.

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  • From: Ohio
Posted by mikepowers on Thursday, April 26, 2007 7:11 AM

Wish I could share some info here but I haven't been able to find one that is cheap enough for me to buy.

They are quite expensive.

Mike

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Posted by Matthew Usher on Thursday, April 26, 2007 9:25 AM
I have the standard set, and I love it.

I use it for markings a lot of the time -- when I need to cut a perfect, tiny circle from decal sheet or Bare-Metal Foil.

I've also used it to make instrument panels for car models.

Matt Usher
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  • From: Reno, NV
Posted by espins1 on Thursday, April 26, 2007 10:49 AM
I use mine to punch out individual instruments for 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft from either the decals or acetate instrument sheets.  Beats the heck out of all that extra clear decal gunk that never lays flat around the instruments.  Shock [:O]

Scott Espin - IPMS Reno High Rollers  Geeked My Reviews 

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Posted by mfsob on Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:10 AM

Agreed, mikepowers, either set is hideously expensive, but ... when you discover how easy (or even doable, for that matter) they can make some jobs, especially at the small scales I work in, it can become almost a Zen-like experience. More uses:

  • As the pattern for small-diameter wire rings (hawse pipe linings, for cargo boom rigging, etc.);
  • As templates if you want a very small circle of one color of paint, using the punch to keep the other color of paint separate (clean the punch up right away, of course!);
  • Bolt heads for cars, trucks or armor, and to a lesser extent, older aircraft;
  • Creating "spacers" to hold things apart, like a 5-inch gun platform off of the deck, so it looks more three dimensional.

 

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Hole punches....
Posted by akcop on Saturday, June 2, 2007 7:47 AM

I know I'm gonna get flamed here but I have been using quality hole punches for years to make all sorts of shapes and such.  Much less cheaper than the Waldron set, but you don't get as much choice for sizes.  They work well if you punch the hole very quickly.  I get them at craft shops and they come in all sorts of shapes, circles, squares, rectangles and triangles etc.

  

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Posted by DrewH on Saturday, June 2, 2007 10:29 PM

No slamin for going that rout. We have to be crafty with what we have and can afford.

 I use my sets (yes, I have both Waldron sets) to make all sorts of stuff. Wheel covers, sensor fairings, raised rivet detail - with some extra work, cockpit switches, dials, knobs and all trim/control wheels. On engines stacks of them make spark plugs, magnetos and other hardware.  On tanks and armour there are countless pieces that can be made. They are indespensable for instuments. A must have any type of scratchbuilding. Whatever the type or brand you have.

Take this plastic and model it!
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Posted by Vartan041 on Sunday, June 3, 2007 12:33 PM
I've cut out hundreds of circles to make coin piles for D & D treasure.
I don't suffer from insanity...I enjoy every minute of it!
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Posted by bbrowniii on Monday, June 4, 2007 8:58 AM
 mikepowers wrote:

Wish I could share some info here but I haven't been able to find one that is cheap enough for me to buy.

They are quite expensive.

Mike

I couldn't agree more.  I have been wanting one, but cannot justify the expense.  But, a while back, didn't someone post a method for making your own punch and die set?  Anyone remember seeing that or know where it is?

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing' - Edmund Burke (1770 ??)

 

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  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Friday, June 8, 2007 11:38 AM

Here you go - //forums/655476/ShowPost.aspx . I had to go the Waldron route because even something this simple exceeds my meager abilities and available tool resources.

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