Super-useful gear for cutting, grinding and other tasks are now available from the UK online retailer.
While most modelling can be executed with rudimentary equipment, a slightly more bespoke item can often make certain projects easier, and is a worthwhile investment. With this in mind, Tyrell Models is importing highly useful tools for various tasks. Key Model World has received samples of the following new items, all handy in their own right:
The Chinese Dspiae brand has produced a splendid little abrasive item, what it calls the ES-P Electric Sander (top). In essence it’s actually a pen-sized (12.5cm long) grinding tool that fits very snuggly in the hand, and accepts different bits (more on those later). It comes in Dspiae’s commonly used red metallic shade, and has three speed settings. Power comes by charging with the USB cable provided, and the pen is supplied with a single, polished grinding bit that features cross-hatch surfaces. Super-quiet, even on its highest setting, it costs £27.99. It’s ideal for those less ‘industrial’ grinding jobs… say, removing excess resin from small aftermarket parts, or grinding away sections of styrene on kit components. The Electric Grinder is also a lot lighter than a Dremel or similar tool, which can be overkill and uncomfortable for more diminutive jobs. A clever inclusion is that the allen key for loosening the screws in the chuck is stored inside a cavity in the rear of the pen.
Perfect for use in the aforementioned tool, Tyrell also now stocks two sets of grinding bits by Galaxy Model. Each pack (Type 1 and Type 2) has three styles of bits with differently shaped heads, to suit various grinding scenarios and demands. These are priced at £9.99 for each pack.
Above and below: Galaxy's Type 1 and 2 grinding sets, both available from Tyrell Models.
On the subject of cutting, Tyrell now imports U-Star’s superb Ultra Precision Modelling Scissors (below). A fine companion to the same brand’s Micro Knife, the scissors are very fine, super sharp and designed to cut thin photo-etched metal, but they’ll also easily double as a tool for accurately cutting out small decals from their backing sheet… especially if the markings are printed very closely to each other. The scissors work by spring-loading, have a stitched leather cover for the blades, and come in a neat protective metal case. They might seem expensive at £22.99, but the quality is first rate.
Lastly, a very simple item can make life easier in terms of using Tamiya paint thinner. This is usually sold in a now familiar square-shaped plastic bottle, just with a standard lid. Modellers must pour the thinner straight from the neck, or employ a pipette. However, the handy Dispensing Caps sold by Tyrell Models fit straight on to the neck of a Tamiya thinner bottle, but they have thin, twist-opening points to make thinner transferal much neater… preventing any spills and negating the need for one of your hands to be busy holding a pipette. These are just £4.99 for a pack of three.
So, quite different items highlighted here but all incredibly useful. For more information, or to order, visit the Tyrell Models website.