Best way of snipping small detail parts?

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I have some very thin parts to snip and was wondering what is the best technique to remove them from the sprue without snapping them. Picture attached is an example of a sopwith camel engine part. It looks like a wheel but all those thin legs need snipping away from the main outer diameter sprue.
 

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I use a JLC razor saw for all parts removal as it does not need any pressure - very rare that parts will be damaged as a result
 

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Use the same for something that delicate. PaulE
 

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Other types of saw will work as well — a standard modelling razor saw (not the kind of saw that looks like a razorblade but a saw with a thin blade and a reinforced back) works fine too. The main concern is that it should have fine teeth, so you can cut with it in a controlled manner.
 

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I went almost 50 years of modeling w/o one until John Race convinced me the JLC was a necessary addition. Best purchase ever!!!!! PaulE
 

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My way Carl is to cut from the sprue all sprue bits still attached.

Lay the little part on a flat surface so that all parts are in contact
with the surface..

Use an American Razor blade to cut using top pressure .
Hardly any pressure is needed as the blade is about the thinnest
you can get & mighty sharp.

Also for cutting Eduard PE from the fret. Cut close no need for
filing remnants of fret.

Laurie

 

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Thanks for replies. I will do some eBay/amazon searching to see if I can source any of these as currently a lot of stuff seems to be in short supply with so many people at home
 

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Hi Carl
The JLC saw, which Simon mentioned, is a great piece of kit. It was Simon who put me onto it and like Paul I feel it is money well spent. I also have some photo etched saw blades which are great for removing fragile parts from the sprue without damage.
Jim
 

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I have some very thin parts to snip and was wondering what is the best technique to remove them from the sprue without snapping them. Picture attached is an example of a sopwith camel engine part. It looks like a wheel but all those thin legs need snipping away from the main outer diameter sprue.
Hi Carl,
A bit late i know,but i use these.........
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They`re a bit more expensive than the norm,(about £20 on Ebay).
They are called "Xuron Maxi 2175 " and have unique cutting edges.The 2 jaws overlap when cutting,(known as "Shear Flush"),unlike normal cutters,whose jaws meet each other,creating pressure on the cutting point which can lead to fragile pieces breaking.
I`ve used these for about 2 years now and not had a single breakage,i also have the Razor saw that the guys mention and it is excellent,but for me,these cutters edge it.
HTHs,Cheers,
Andy
 
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