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Recommendations for Clamp

July 10 2008 at 11:06 PM
Jonathan Gibson  (Login Zitadelle)
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Any recommendations for a clamp for holding a kit either during construction or during painting?

Usually, I find myself holding the kit with one of my paws while applying the small detail or painting. Other times I just place the kit on my worksurface and when I need to use two paws, and hope that the kit stays stationary while I pretend to have some dexterity with this hobby. Unfortunately, over the past there have been a few close calls or cases where my grip has accidently broken/dislodged a smaller part.

So, I would appreciate any recommendations (and of course links) for clamps that others use for holding a kit or subassembly (e.g., turret, vehicle hull, lower suspension, etc...) while it is under construction.

My under-construction projects will appreciate your recommendations and the chance to avoid my paws.


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(Login sherman56)
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July 14 2008, 11:43 AM 

lots of possible answers-Some suggestions from personal experience
1. Look for the Mr. Hobby (Gunze I think) hand held platform clamp with the turnable deck and handle. This unit will give you complete control over access to paint and work on the model-The Toy soldier shop in Mich has these-a really great product I wish I could get them for my shop
2. Mr. Hobby makes a swell stand with a spaced T-bar and off the bar are bendable wires with soft grip alligator clips on the end. 8 total. The whole unit sits on a heavy stable magnetic steel base-I use mine all the time
3. The Tamiya paint stand(s) 2 in the box plus clamps, 2 kinds wore and alligator, that can be arrayed around the painting decks-a great deal only $22 again I use mine all the time.
4. Squadron and Micro mark sell some old style jewelers hand clamps with handles-these work well for smaller purposes ie they won't allow, at least without lots of additional rigging, hold an entire model.
5. Andrea makes a very nice platform clamping system but it is very expensive and products 1-2-3 are easier to work with. I also have this one and use above products much more-I use my Tamiya stand the most. The deck can be lifted off the tamiya stand to do more up close hand work

The one thing that I will stress is that a large decked stand/clamp system works well with a full-ish kit or dio but for smaller hand work on "parts" you'll need a smaller hand clamp.

Go to the Squadron or Micro Mark or Model Expo sites and search their tool/clamp sections and you'll see some great products, some very reasonible
If I was pressed to recommend one product I would say the Tamiya stand set 2 stands, clamps, bases work well and easily and a TERRIFIC value for the dollar-These #GUYZ hobbies has and extra clamps, Squadron carries them too


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