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Avoiding the "poink!" of losing tiny parts

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    July, 2018
Avoiding the "poink!" of losing tiny parts
Posted by Valley on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5:43 PM

Hello,

New to the forums (and recently returned to the hobby as an adult) and I am not sure if this has been discussed before.  I wanted to see if anyone has tips for avoiding losing those tiny parts.

I'm working on Flyhawk's USS Wickes limited edition in 1/700 with the great PE set.  Working the cleats, I can't seem to keep the turned brass uprights in my tweezers as I try to glue them to the PE bases.  The difference in grip force between dropping them and the "poink!" as I accidentally squeeze them out of the tweezers is apparently too difficult for me to navigate.  I have lost a couple of these now, so I actually decided I had to order a second kit just for spares.  These things are so small that once they poink off the bench, it's a lost cause and they are never to be found again.

Any tips for avoiding this or keeping parts from flying away?  I've thought about having a little box to work in to catch the flying parts.  I'm also going to look at other ways of handling the pieces, but the turned brass doesn't seem to pick up as nicely on the point of a blade or probe.  I can't be the only one this clumsy!

Thanks!!

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, July 13, 2018 10:40 AM

Holding tiny parts with tweezers is ,as you discovered, a no-no.  Use something sticky like a tiny bit of blue tack or clay on the end of a toothpick to hold and position these parts while glueing. After the glue sets in a few seconds the part will remove itself from the sticky.

There are commercial items sold for this purpose in the form of a china marker like pencil with tacky stuff instead of lead or little plastic sticks with a drop of sticky on the end but you can easily make your own for cheap.  Anything tacky on the end of a toothpick will work  ie. candle wax, modeling clay, bowling grip cream ( available at your local bowling alley), Gorilla Snot or Drum Stick Wax from your music store.

Another tip from your Uncle Jay; stick the whole fret of PE down to a sheet of "Full Adhesive" post it notes.(available at an office supply store ) This keeps the tiny PE thingy from launching itself into the unknown while you're cutting it off the fret.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Member since
    July, 2018
Posted by Valley on Friday, July 13, 2018 3:02 PM

Great tips, thanks.  There had to be a better way.

As a drummer, I should have thought of Gorilla Snot.

I had tried using the back of artist tape for holding down PE pieces, but post its are even lower tack.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:49 AM

Hi ;

 I am bad . I cannot find the product just now .They come 12 to a container and look like one ended " Q " tips with Gel on them instead of cotton . I have been using the first one for over a month now and it hasn't lost it's sticky yet .

 The gel is sticky enough to even pick up P.E. by the edge . But , it lets go very easy . I got mine from my local Hobby Shop . Yeah ! I got one called  "Hill Country Hobbies " and owned by a Fellow called Gary Emery  !

 Gotta watch him though . It's his shop and he runs it the way he wants to . I love doing business with him !    T.B.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, July 15, 2018 6:42 AM

I bought a new set of tweezers about a year ago that really help- they are very stiff in the direction perpendicular to the normal action, so the points do not normally get out of register.  But, they still launched a small styrene part yesterday.  Never did find it.

I have an apron that fastens just below the edge of the bench and rests on and covers my lap.  However, even that does not catch everything.  If the part is small enough, tweezers can launch parts pretty far through the air.  I have sometimes heard the part ping against the back or sides of my bench, or shelving next to the bench.  Because I let my bench and workshop get pretty cluttered, I do loose a lot of small parts.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:38 AM

As far as "Poink" 

 How about " Tink ?"  I was putting a part on the card model of the Edmund Fitzgerald from my Generic P.E.  . One part went " Tink " against my light and I thought it was lost .Cat came by for a pet . Part was stuck in her back hair ! ! !   Lucky this time !

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Cave City, KY
Posted by Watchmann on Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:41 PM

Put the parts tree in a bag and either cut directy through the bag, or put your hand inside with the knife/nipper.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, July 16, 2018 8:29 AM

I loose far more when trying to apply parts to model, or when doing some other operation with part, other than cutting it loose from fret or sprue.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:55 AM

Don Stauffer

I bought a new set of tweezers about a year ago that really help- they are very stiff in the direction perpendicular to the normal action, so the points do not normally get out of register.  But, they still launched a small styrene part yesterday.  Never did find it.

I have an apron that fastens just below the edge of the bench and rests on and covers my lap.  However, even that does not catch everything.  If the part is small enough, tweezers can launch parts pretty far through the air.  I have sometimes heard the part ping against the back or sides of my bench, or shelving next to the bench.  Because I let my bench and workshop get pretty cluttered, I do loose a lot of small parts. 

 

I am with Don, I use a apron made out of an old pillow case attached to the edge of the bench which captures 95% of the parts I drop.  Along the sides of the bench I keep my files, tweezers, paint brushes, etc., in mason jars that act as barriers.  Once in a while though I will launch a part off the tweezers to parts unknown, but not like I use to when first started modeling.

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