Part 2 of Scott’s Kamen Rider Double “Figurerise” build offers sharp tips on the sharp tools you should have to tackle Bandai kits.
Model shown in this video :
– 1/8 MG Figurerise Kamen Rider W Cyclone Joker
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z3r0717 said on September 7, 2010
a good tutorial for the beginners especially cutting the parts out from the runner.
Just a comment, i think it should be better to show or use the art knife like holding a pen instead of holding it upwards. I find it holding like a pen is more safe and easier to control. 🙂
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George said on September 8, 2010
I want to reiterate what Scott says about nippers here. Cheap, $5 nippers usually aren’t worth the $5… Not for model-making purposes, anyway. They tend to have very dull edges which, as Scott says, will tend to crush and tear the plastic rather than cutting cleanly through it. Even fairly good-quality “wire cutters” tend not to have the same kind of sharp edge as a pair of good hobby nippers. Good nippers may seem expensive, but remember that it’s better to buy a good set for $20 or more, rather than waste $5-$10 on something cheaper and then find you still need those $20+ nippers.
Another thing to remember – although it can be tempting, never use your good hobby nippers as wire cutters! Cutting metals or other hard materials with fine-edged hobby nippers can ruin the edge.
Yami said on September 9, 2010
Just wondering what is the difference between Precision nipper and the thin blade one since i am considering getting either one of those.
Scott Hards said on September 9, 2010
You really need both tools. Get a flush-cut precision nipper (plastic cutter) for the basic work of getting the parts off the runners. However, that tool cannot make a perfect flat cut right up against the part, though it will come close. To trim the excess you’ll sometimes get on the part, you really need to have the art/hobby/X-Acto knife. Such knives are very inexpensive, so I really recommend you add one, and a box of replacement blades, to your tool box.
Mark D said on September 10, 2010
Really want to second never using sprue cutters to cut metal rods, I’ve done that out of laziness and it ruined my old games workshop ones so I had to buy a new pair.
Regarding clean up with a hobby knife, cutting towards you, even by minute amounts is always a bad idea. I usually hold the part down on my cutting mat and cut straight down with the knife to shave off any excess plastic, that way there’s no chance of cutting yourself. But it can be hard with very small parts, I built Bandai’s MG Astray last week and had a hard time cleaning up some of the smaller bits.
George said on September 11, 2010
I actually went as far as to write “for plastic only” on my nippers to remind me. And still, I succumb to the temptation once in a while… 🙂
Regarding cutting towards yourself – I wonder about that. The main thing is to maintain control of the blade, which isn’t a big problem as long as it’s sharp and you’re not cutting too deep at once. In the past I’ve urged new modelers to cut away from themselves but these days I wonder if I just didn’t put enough faith in people’s ability to control a blade.
Dade said on October 31, 2010
No earthly idea how I missed these, but better late than never. Excellent videos and Scott’s always a pleasure to watch– great work! Since the good old days in Fine Scale Modeler, Scott’s been sharing his modeling knowledge and the modeling world’s better because of it… along with this little store he owns. 😉 Cheers and can’t wait for more!
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