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  • Member since
    December, 2014
Photo etch tools
Posted by Rory T on Saturday, February 04, 2017 12:51 PM

Hello, looking for A photo etch bending tool there are quite a few to choose fro, l don't want to break the bank but would like to have a quality and practical tool. Most of my builds are 1/48 th any advice would be great. Thanks

  • Member since
    December, 2012
Posted by RX7850 on Saturday, February 04, 2017 6:35 PM

I've used a Jewelers anvil to bend metal parts and photo etch. Its a versatile tool with straight and round edges for forming, bending,shaping and is perfect for flattening round stock. Very affordable cost wise, $10 plus free shipping on Amazon.

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, February 04, 2017 7:08 PM

I picked up a small set of jewelry pliers at Hobby Lobby (jewelry making section) for under $15.  Has a couple of pairs of flat nose in it that are useful to me.  You can also use a hard flat surface, like a piece of glass, and a couple of single edge razor blades.  One to hold the PE at the bend line and the other to slip under and make the bend. 

Take a look at Micro-Mark and see if they might have something that would fit your budget and needs.

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    December, 2014
Posted by Rory T on Saturday, February 04, 2017 8:37 PM
Thanks will check it out.
  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, February 04, 2017 9:21 PM

If you're looking for a versatile bending tool, check out the Small Shop products. I have their 4" Mk. IV model and have found it to be very versatile and easy to use on everything from tiny parts to long straight pieces. You can get them from Sprue Brothers to name one source. I bought mine on eBay for about half of retail.

Happy modeling!


  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, February 05, 2017 11:29 AM

There was a thread here recently on this subject.  If you find it below you will find more discussion.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2014
Posted by Rory T on Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:06 PM

Thank you to all who replied for your help. Happy modelling.


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