This latest tool from CB Model Products is one of the best yet. This high precision punch and die set consists of 12 hardened steel punches and a clear acrylic/metal guide plate assembly. There is a desiccant included to help keep the rust off the metal parts. These pieces are contained in a compact plastic case with a nice hint and procedure sheet.
The steel punches are machined with a slight angle. These punches are designed to be used on up .030 styrene. The punches come in .040”, .051”, .058”, .069”, .080”, .088”, .101”, .110”, .119”, .127”, .140” and .151”. That should take care of most needs in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, and 1/35th scales. You may want to wipe the parts down with some WD-40 and a rag to preserve these delicate parts for the long term.
The acrylic base is a little loose when compared to other sets, but this is not an issue. The pilot holes at the top are tapered to allow for proper insertion of the punch. The metal base has been counter-bored to allow the punched disk to be removed without having to push the punch completely through.
If you haven’t seen any of the other great tools that CB Model Products have put out, then you owe it to yourself to contact them and see what is available.
The low price and the multiple sizes make this punch and die set a remarkable value. I’m not sure how many are going to be made, so pick one of these up as soon as you can so you don’t miss out.
Thanks to CB Model Products for the review set, and thanks to IPMS for allowing me the space to review it. You can get yours by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org . Let him know you hear about it here and from me.
MSRP: $45 plus $5 shipping in the US and Canada or $10 shipping outside North America