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#1 D Bellis

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Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:05 PM

What is a good tool to use for cleanly cutting circular masks from vinyl?

I've got to find a way to cut crisp masks for my 1/32 '109G-2's 5. It could be done freehand, but there just HAS to be a tool available for this sort of thing, no?

Of course, a tool for this will also come in real handy for all those 1/32nd and 1/24th Hinumarus in the 'to do' pile. ;)#>Posted Image

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#2 ChrisS

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Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:42 PM

Here's what you need ;)#>Posted Image

Got this blade from exacto, it's got a thin shaft ending in a small angled blade. Stick this into one end of a cheap compass, and a scribing tip into the other....Hinomaru yourself into a froth :D#>Posted Image

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#3 alaninaustria

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:19 PM

;)#>Posted Image I bought an OLFA circle cutter, the most niftiest thing for cutting circles out for masking! I cut all wheel hub masks with this little guy. Available at HLJ, LeeValley Tools (where I bought mine etc)
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:40 PM

here's the OLFA alan posted about

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Looks pretty cool ;)#>Posted Image

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 04:08 PM

GREAT! Thanks guys! The OLFA cutter looks like just what I need.

Thanks for the site Chris!
Full address for anyone that wants one too:
http://www.hobbyetc....gi?part_id=7591

Thanks again!
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Posted 21 August 2003 - 07:19 PM

D,

I agree that Olfa's Circle Cutter is the best tool for cutting circular masks.

Placing a blade in a cheap compass, as Chris recommended, leads to many headaches, because the compass's flexibility doesn't ensure that the blade will return to exactly the same point as that at which you began cutting the circle. Even expensive draftsman's compasses suffer from this problem. Trust me; I know ...

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 11:14 PM

Thanks for the advice Charles.

I ordered that OLFA cutter right after I submitted my last post (Tuesday morning), and I had the cutter in my hands Wednesday evening using thier standard shipping! Amazing service!

I hope to try it out soon.

Thanks again guys,
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