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Vallejo curved modelling files [Y]

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  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Vallejo curved modelling files [Y]
Posted by Bobstamp on Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:38 PM

Happiness is the right tool!

One of the bugaboos that visits me when I’m building models is the need to fill gaps and scratches (scratches which I have inadvertently created!) and then file/sand the filler smooth. It rarely goes well.

The files I have been using are obviously too coarse for anything but imprecisely removing large quantities of plastic and filler. Smaller “finer-toothed” files haven’t helped much, and various grades of sandpaper literally don’t “cut it” fine enough or fast enough to do the jobs I need to get done. But perhaps I’ve found a solution.

Sunward Hobbies (Toronto) has recently offered this set of 10 files by Vallejo:

They are in different shapes, angled, thin, and sufficiently curved to enable them to reach virtually any hard-to-access section of almost any model I can imagine, except perhaps for extremely small scale models. I first used them to smooth filler that I had to use after repairing a horizontal stabilizer that I broke off my Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre. I had used a small brass pin to stabilize the stabilizer, added thin crazy glue, filled the resulting gap with plastic filler, filed the filler smooth with three of the new files, and re-primed it. Looks good. Another few minutes with fine sandpaper should do the trick. 

Here’s the link to the relevant Sunward Hobbies page:



On the bench: 1/72 Grumman Avenger being kitbashed as a U.S. Forest Service tanker; a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor), and a Pegasus model of the submarine Nautilus of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas fame. 

  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Monday, July 12, 2021 12:10 PM

Got a bunch just like these at a local yard sale for 5 bucks 'bout 20 years ago.

They're quite handy.

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 12:22 PM


   Those are the ones I have! Now if someone would make a " File Card" In the size wire to clean them. Cleaning them is tricky because the file surface is cut so fine!


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