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Colonel Kilgore

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Needle files
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:21:02 PM »
Like most of you (I guess), I've been using "needle" files for years to clean up models before painting them. I've sometimes found, though, that these files are not as fine as they could be for the work in hand.

I have just picked up, for the princely sum of 5, the set below, which are about half the size of those I've been used to:



I got mine from a model railway shop, but Expo have a wonderful range of tools online too:

https://www.expotools.com/acatalog/HAND-TOOLS.html

Hopefully these may be of interest to someone out there.

martin goddard

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Re: Needle files
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 09:41:01 PM »
I have a few trusty needle files which have lasted many years. I might suggest that you rub some talc into them to stop clogging.  My best needle file is a half round that gives good coverage of curves.


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Re: Needle files
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2017, 10:10:47 AM »
Many thanks, Martin.

I'd not heard about using talc before, so must give that a go.

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Re: Needle files
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2017, 04:04:50 PM »
I have a set of ten I have been using for donkeys years.

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Re: Needle files
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2017, 05:30:45 PM »
Yes mine are getting old as well. Need to start looking for a new set, or perhaps just a few choice ones, the half round, the oval and the square.

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Re: Needle files
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 12:57:24 PM »
Many thanks, Martin.

I'd not heard about using talc before, so must give that a go.

Interesting tip. I will be giving talc a try too.