Accessories and Tools
This tube cutter is something you can’t be without as a model builder. It is not to cut tubes for plumbing, but for more delicate, brass tubes up to 8 mm. You can now easily cut a straight piece of a 0.5 mm brass rod or tube of only 1 mm short. The small ruler indicating millimeters makes it easy to measure the desired length of the tube/rod. With a thin or flat saw with fine teeth it is simple to cut multiple exact pieces.
The handle on the tube cutter can be removed, so it can be stuck on a vice. Open de handle on the top to put a tube in the V shaped grove. When you’ve set the correct length, push the handle lightly down to hold the tube in place, then saw through the tube.
The result is always a success. You might need to use some sand paper to clean the cut up.
Watch the video below to see how it works. It’s in Dutch, but it will be obvious how it works.
To measure very accurately the thickness of a sheet of plastic, a strip of brass or a rod, the Micrometer will give you more accuracy than a caliper. That’s why this is my tool of choice when I need 100% certainty about the thickness of the material.
This is how it works:
The spindle is a very accurately machined screw and the object to be measured is placed between the spindle and the anvil. The spindle is moved by turning the ratchet knob or thimble until the object to be measured is lightly touched by both the spindle and the anvil.