Review - Mr Hobby Mr Almighty Clips II and Accessories

Product Review: Mr Hobby (GSI Creos Corporation) Products:     Item GT34 - Mr. Almighty Clips II; price US$31.99
    Item GT52 - Gtool Set; price US$8.99     Item GT46P - Gtool Accessory; price US$3.99 (Available from Sun Coast Comics, 5509 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244 or at http://www.gundamdepot.com )
Advantages: invaluable as a third (or fourth!) hand when painting small items with an airbrush; holds nearly any shape item in place for better control
Disadvantages: a bit pricey
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for anyone using an airbrush or painting figures/small details with a hand brush
    Anyone who has ever used an airbrush knows that it is very hard to paint some parts due to their small size and nearly nonexistent weight. As a result we all try to use some “Third Hand” clamps which are generally too short or something we really don’t want to coat with paint, or tweezers, wire or even masking tape to hold them. The results vary from modeler to modeler but generally it is messy or annoying if the parts take off in mid painting session for parts unknown or are sacrificed to the “Carpet Monster”.
    While at the 2012 IPMS USA Nationals, I chanced upon a vendor who was selling Japanime kits as well as paints and tools. He had this on display and it immediately struck me as a great idea, so I picked up three of the items.
    Set GT34 or the Mr Almighty Clips II is a set of six wire-mounted alligator clips which are mounted on two shafts that are connected to a solid steel base for stability. The shafts are mounted in rotating mounts so that they may be placed at any angle to each other, and the clip bases are slipped onto them – anywhere from one to six can be mounted on a single shaft.
    The clips are connected to the shaft by a plastic clip unit at one end and a length of flexible plastic-coated copper wire approximately 150mm (6") long. The alligator clips are also plastic - something related to the Delrin type used for gears and bogies in model railroad locomotives, so paint will not adhere well to them. As a result they are quite capable of holding items as large as tank lower hulls or model car bodies in place for painting with minimal movement at low air pressures used for air brushing.
    Set GT52 is an add-on set for the Mr Almighty Clips II and provides four wide clamps, four clamp mounts, and four additional shaft attachment clips and extension wires. This permits thin sheets or thin plastic parts (or etched brass) to be held firmly and safely for painting.
    Set GT46P is a small amount of Blu-Tack material which is supposed to be used with add-on set GT46, which provides six pads, six wires and six shaft clips. However, it will work using the attachment mounts for the wide clips provided in set GT52 so you may not need them.
    The directions (other than basic monkey-see-monkey-do picture types) are all in Japanese so any other useful hints are alas lost in translation. Some appear to be the usual boilerplate about “not for use by children under age X” and “paint in a well ventilated area”.
    Overall this is a well designed and constructed accessory and one which will be quite useful for painting small items such as machine guns and other last-minute assembly items for my armor projects, but it is suitable for any modeling genre.
Cookie Sewell
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