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One very BIG question... (P.E.)

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One very BIG question... (P.E.)
Posted by mandrake on Friday, June 4, 2004 9:05 PM
Hello fellas, Yesterday i got an Eduard P.E. for a B-17 that i am building, i got the exterior, interior and ammo P.E., i was working with the interior part and i screw everything up, i just wasnt able to fold the tiny parts, everything was just Censored [censored]d up! now my question, its the first time that i work with P.E. and i dont know if there may be any special tools that may help me working with those things, how do you guys deal with the photo etched tiny little parts? Disapprove [V] any suggestion or tips are gonna be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much...
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My best regards
Hector.
Disapprove [V]
Thanks! My Best Regards Hector Reymundo
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Posted by qmiester on Friday, June 4, 2004 9:16 PM
There are a couple of tools out there (off the top of my head, one of them is called Etchmate I believe) that are designed to hold your pe parts while you bend them. (just like a full sized sheet metal brake). Just be prepared for sticker shock ($60 US and up)
Quincy
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 4, 2004 9:22 PM
why not make your own using barstock and a cnc machine?
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, June 4, 2004 9:33 PM
I use a variety of different tools ..... assorted pliers, tweezers, and razor blades to work with PE.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by MikeV on Friday, June 4, 2004 9:35 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 1337

why not make your own using barstock and a cnc machine?


Why do you make ridiculous statements like this all the time?
You must be in your early teens right? Sigh [sigh]

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 4, 2004 10:10 PM
Mike: not close. I was serious: If i had access to a Milling machine, i would make you all some. but i don't. Cnc is like $2000.
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Posted by Torio on Saturday, June 5, 2004 3:06 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by qmiester

There are a couple of tools out there (off the top of my head, one of them is called Etchmate I believe) that are designed to hold your pe parts while you bend them. (just like a full sized sheet metal brake). Just be prepared for sticker shock ($60 US and up)


In fact there are at least four :

_Small Shop
_Mission Model Etchmate
and this side of the big pond :
_Finn Brynildsrud ( Norwegian )
_ Jadar ( Polish )

The Jadar is much cheaper but not so sophisticated as the three others, and it seems that you can get the Small Shop products also from Great Britain now as far as custom fees are concerned

It is most predictable that other manufacturers will make this kind of stuff to fill demand.

Thank you all for coming José

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Posted by Torio on Saturday, June 5, 2004 3:10 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 1337

Mike: not close. I was serious: If i had access to a Milling machine, i would make you all some. but i don't. Cnc is like $2000.


Well, I have seen somewhere ( I think I could find it again ) that there is a possibility to equip an Unimat with step motors and electronic interface to drive it on CNC. I assume you already own a computer. So it's up to you, chap.

Thank you all for coming José

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Posted by Ali1kj on Monday, June 7, 2004 1:57 PM
See the LINK

www.smallshopeu.com

http://smallshopeu.com/images/8_inch1.jpg

http://smallshopeu.com/Hold&FOLD%20idex%20page.htm

AJ

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 14, 2004 12:37 PM
Hey Mandrake,

PE parts are a pain, but so much worth it sometimes. I think everyone has their own combination of tools that they use. I've never tried any of the tools specifically made to work with them, but I bet they make it even easier. Here are some thing I couldn't do without:
- low tack masking tape.
- a variety of fine tweezers (locking and not)
- a few pairs of hemostats (without the grippy teeth)
- small dowel rod pieces
- sharp x-acto knife

I use the back side of the x-acto to do most of the actual bending. some blades are better for this than other. Like most modeling tools, if you visit your local hardware or art supply store you'll see a million things that you'll find can be adapted to what you need.

good luck!

~ Garth
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