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Pick-Up Pencil

RB Productions

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number and Description

RB Productions RB-PP - Pick-up Pencil

Price and Availability

€1.85 plus shipping available from RB Productions via their website.

Contents and Media

PE fret with six stainless steel glue applicators.

Review Type

First Look

Advantages

Precise placement of tiny PE parts.

Disadvantages

Not so effective with various plastic parts

Conclusion

A useful tool for handling fiddly PE parts. Recommended for PE use


Reviewed by Dave Wilson


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F i r s t L o o k

 

At first glance it’s a white coloured pencil but as they say in the TV commercials, ‘wait, there’s more!”

Aftermarket producer Radu Brinzan brings us an unusual addition to the workbench- a pickup pencil whose sharpened tip has a tacky surface and can be used to pick up tiny parts which could be difficult to handle with tweezers.

It’s an interesting idea. The tip is not too sticky so it’s easy to release the part when placed in position. Nor does the tip leave any residue on the model part. When the sharpened pencil loses its grip it can be sharpened as per any conventional pencil. The pickup pencil is sharpened in a conventional pencil sharpener. A hobby knife or scalpel can also be used to shape the tip depending on the type of part you want to pick up with it.

 

 

RB Productions’ Pick Up Pencil was tested on tiny PE parts, resin and conventional plastic parts. It has to be said results were average on resin and patchy with plastic although it would hold a part for glue placement if firmly pushed against the part. Frankly a shaped piece of Blu Tack worked better.

That said the Pick Up Pencil did shine in handling those tiny bits of PE which exist solely to ping off to the Carpet Monster when gripped in tweezers. The pencil gently held the PE allowing for precise placement on the model.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

An interesting idea providing a useful tool for working with small PE parts and recommended on that basis.

Thanks to RB Productions for the sample.


 

Text and Images Copyright 2013 by Dave Wilson
This Page Created on 19 December, 2013
Last updated 19 December, 2013

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