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Tamiya Sprue Cutters

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  • Member since
    October 2018
Tamiya Sprue Cutters
Posted by mod man on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:41 PM

Hi modelers, the question I have is does anybody own the new Tamiya sprue cutter and are they better than the cheaper ones? I saw them on the Andy's Hobby YouTube series and he sells them for $42.99. I imagine they're cheaper somewhere else. Also what are your favorite outlets for our needed tools (building plastic kits) with reasonable prices. My main question though is the tool worth the extra bucks?

Thanks, Jerry

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:08 PM

I look at Hobby Lobby.  They have good prices even without using the coupon.  My best sprue cutter came from there. It works great, and cost about seven or eight bucks.  You have to peruse other sections.  I find a lot of tools in the beading section, and good prices on brushes in the painting section. They have diorama figures in some scales, and trees, grass material, etc.

I recently started using a little mini hand grinder I got a few months ago from Michaels in their beading section.  It was on sale so cheap I took a flyer on it.  It only takes 3/32 tools, but I had some, so I tried it.  I need extensive hand grinding work on my current build and it works great.  It was under thirty bucks even without a coupon, and weighs very little- comfortable to use.  Michaels also has good prices on brushes.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:38 PM

Straight jaw toenail clipper. $ 8.99 at CVS.

I always cut at least 1/8" away from the part.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    August 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:39 PM

I bought the Tamiya #74123 back in December 2019. It works beautifully, so I was surprised when I noticed that there were several chips in the jaws. I was well aware of the delicacy of these knippers, so I didn't use them for cutting PE or even thick sprue posts. I actually came to this topic to get reccs for a more durable pair. 




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