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Photo Etch Benders
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction

RP Toolz is a new company from Hungary producing tools for the model maker at affordable prices. In this review I will be looking at the three sizes of photo etched bending tools they currently sell at very reasonable prices.

Contents

The three bending tools are supplied ready assembled and are available as;
RP 01 – 8cm PE tool - €13 or $16
RP 02 – 13cm PE tool - €18 or $23
RP 03 – 18cm PE tool - €22 or $28

Each of the tools is supplied with a bending blade which is packaged in a card sleeve to prevent injury to the consumer when opening.

Review

Each of the bending tools consists of a 5mm aluminium base which have between 1 and 3 tightening threads depending on which of the three tools you have, there are also two locaters and two silicon tube springs to lift and support the finger plate while you are slotting in the photo etched parts. The bottom of the base has a felt liner to help prevent the tool slipping or sliding around while in use, or perhaps most importantly so that you don’t scratch the dining table for those that want to stay married.

The upper bending plate with its fingers are made from machined 3mm black galvanised steel which should give you a life time’s service without deterioration. The fingers have a very sharp edge to them which seems to ensure precise clean bends. The fingers on the three bending tools breakdown as;
18cm:
• 1mm
• 2mm
• 3mm
• 4mm
• 5mm
• 6mm
• 8mm
• 10mm
• 15mm
• Angled point

13cm:
• 1mm
• 2mm
• 3mm
• 4mm
• 5mm
• 8mm
• 10mm
• 22mm

8cm:
• 1mm
• 2mm
• 3mm
• 4mm
• 5mm
• 15mm

And, of course, the bending plate on all models have the full length bending surface on the reverse side of the fingers.

In order to give this new tool a workout I went for the longest of the bending tools as I figured it would be the hardest to work with due to overall size. I then selected what I believe is the smallest components of photo etched parts that would be regularly utilised which was the three parts of a tool clamp, which I have always struggled with. I am pleased to say that the bending tool was a pleasure to use and easily managed to provide the needed bends. The only thing it could not do, of course, was provide the curve which I imparted over the round handle of a brush. I am sure however that given time RP Toolz will provide a tool system for this purpose as well and I look forward to watching this company advance into the hobby.

The thin screw nuts that tighten everything down was an area I was initially sceptical of, however it handled the job with ease placing the amount pressure required to hold the photo etched parts solidly in place while the bends are imparted and I also used the tool to hold a part while I cleaned up a cut edge by overhanging the piece on the side of the bending surface. I will say that the finish on one of the screw nuts was a little off as I found a burr that need to be removed, however I also accept that the burr could have occurred while in transit as it was packaged with several other tools. While each tool was wrapped in bubble wrap we all know that not all parcels arrive as we would like.

Conclusion

These bending tools are excellent and do what they are supposed to do without fuss and it brings this tool type into the price range of those on tight budgets. It holds parts easily and bends cleanly and I found the aluminium base plate a good surface for moving the photo etch around on while having control so that it did not fly off never to be seen again. I will say that if you are buying this for a younger modeller you may want to find an alternate bending blade as the included bender is like a razor blade and just as sharp with a guard on one side, my wife who works for the NHS said that it looks like a blade from a dermatome. So remember that if you are buying this product for a minor.

SUMMARY
Highs: The product is well made and does what it is designed to do while being ideal for those on a budget.
Lows: The only low I can come up with is the burr that was on one of the screw nuts.
Verdict: I was exceptionally impressed with the overall quality of this product line and it is a great price range making them affordable for those on a tight budget. I highly recommend it for your consideration.
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: RP 01, 02, and 03
  Suggested Retail: €13 - €22
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.00%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Hi Darren, Thanks for the review. I saw this in the news last week and it looked like a very useful tool at a decent price. Looks like another one for the buy list as I struggle with PE at the best of times. Cheers Al
NOV 12, 2012 - 10:50 PM
Yeah... wish I had known about this a month or so ago. I spent 50 bucks for my PE tool and doubt I will get into any extensive bending. ~ Jeff
NOV 12, 2012 - 11:04 PM
James thanks for getting this sorted. I will admit the price is what first caught my eye however quality is the most important thing when looking at tools and these should meet everyones needs. I know that some have their favourites but I believe these can match the results of any other like for like product.
NOV 13, 2012 - 07:17 AM
   

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