1/32 Rivet Making Tool
S u m m a r y
Description and Price:
Outside EU) available online from MDC
|Contents and Media:
||1 x wooden handle; two parts in
stainless steel (one large and one small rivet maker); three
||Well thought out integrated
rivet-making solution; high quality components; flexible application
with selection of rivet intervals on PE guides.
||Will require care, time and skill for a good result.
Reviewed by Brett
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Rivets. Some modellers love 'em, some modellers hate 'em.
Witness the ongoing debate about the merits or evils - depending on your
point of view - of the recessed rivets on Trumpeter's kits.
Even so, there has been an undeniable trend over the
last year or so for modellers to add rivet detail to their models,
especially large scale subjects. I confess that I have even had a crack
at it myself. After
reviewing the RV Resin 1/48 scale Focke-Wulf Fw 190 V18/U1"Känguruh"
kit early in 2003, I noted that the resin parts were detailed with
very convincing lines of rivets.
This was around the time of the release of Hasegawa's
1/32 scale Dora. If Radek could do such a nice job in 1/48 scale, I
thought that it would be interesting to attempt a few simple rivet lines
around the outside of the cockpit on that featureless area of Hasegawa's
1/32 scale fuselage. I used a Pounce Wheel with fairly mediocre results,
but subsequent efforts by more talented modellers such as Chris Wauchop
and Vincent Kermorgant turned out much better.
Some of the problems with my Pounce Wheel were that the
wheel itself was fairly wobbly in its mount, resulting in a
correspondingly wobbly line; and also that the rivet "hole" was actually
rectangular in shape.
MDC has now released a 1/32 scale Rivet Making Tool set
that addresses both of these problems. The set comprises a wooden handle
with two interchangeable steel rivet punches. One is smaller for British
and Allied aircraft; while the larger one is appropriate for Luftwaffe
subjects. This is a useful tool as it offers a secure grip via the
knob-shaped handle; and the tip of the punches will result in a
perfectly circular recessed rivet.
The cleverest part of this set, however, is the
inclusion of three photo-etched parts.
These are rivet guides, with two lengths offering
different intervals between the rivets, and a third sheet with various
sizes and shapes for adding rivets to hatches. These parts are made from
very thin and flexible metal, and will lend themselves to being taped to
the surface of the model for a jolly good riveting.
The inclusion of these photo-etched parts transforms the
tool into a genuine rivet making system. In addition to the tool and the
guides, however, there is a third element essential for
achieving a good result - patience! Riveting a model requires planning,
time, skill - and a steady hand applying even pressure.
If you are an experienced modeller who wants to try to
add rivet details to your large-scale model, MDC's 1/32 scale Rivet
Making Tool will take a lot of the pain and guesswork out of the job.
MDC for the review
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