Review - Mr Hobby Mr Almighty Clips II and Accessories

Product Review: Mr Hobby (GSI Creos Corporation) Products:=20
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 322=
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Advantages: invaluable as a third (or fourth!) hand when painting small ite=
ms with an airbrush; holds nearly any shape item in place for better contro=
l
Disadvantages: a bit pricey
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for anyone using an airbrush or painting figures/small deta=
ils with a hand brush
Anyone who has ever used an airbrush knows that it is very hard to paint s=
ome parts due to their small size and nearly nonexistent weight. As a resul=
t we all try to use some =93Third Hand=94 clamps which are generally too sh=
ort or something we really don=92t want to coat with paint, or tweezers, wi=
re or even masking tape to hold them. The results vary from modeler to mode=
ler but generally it is messy or annoying if the parts take off in mid pain=
ting session for parts unknown or are sacrificed to the =93Carpet Monster=
=94.=20
While at the 2012 IPMS USA Nationals, I chanced upon a vendor who was sell=
ing Japanime kits as well as paints and tools. He had this on display and i=
t immediately struck me as a great idea, so I picked up three of the items.=
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Set GT34 or the Mr Almighty Clips II is a set of six wire-mounted alligato=
r 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 o=
nto them =96 anywhere from one to six can be mounted on a single shaft.=20
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") l=
ong. The alligator clips are also plastic - something related to the Delrin=
type used for gears and bogies in model railroad locomotives, so paint wil=
l not adhere well to them. As a result they are quite capable of holding it=
ems 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.=20
Set GT52 is an add-on set for the Mr Almighty Clips II and provides four w=
ide clamps, four clamp mounts, and four additional shaft attachment clips a=
nd extension wires. This permits thin sheets or thin plastic parts (or etch=
ed brass) to be held firmly and safely for painting.=20
Set GT46P is a small amount of Blu-Tack material which is supposed to be u=
sed 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.=20
The directions (other than basic monkey-see-monkey-do picture types) are a=
ll in Japanese so any other useful hints are alas lost in translation. Some=
appear to be the usual boilerplate about =93not for use by children under =
age X=94 and =93paint in a well ventilated area=94.=20
Overall this is a well designed and constructed accessory and one which wi=
ll 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 an=
y modeling genre.=20
Cookie Sewell
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