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UMM01 UMM™ Scriber SCR-01 "Universal"
[UMM 01]
$16.95 $12.99
by Ross Martinek Date Added: Saturday 28 March, 2009
I've been building scale models on and off for fifty-two years. I've also been making my own tools for over thirty years when I couldn't find one to suit my needs.

This isn't a good tool—it's a GREAT TOOL! I wish I'd had it when I started my current project, and I'm extremely glad I bought one in the middle of the project. It is very nearly the ideal scribing tool. I only use the scriber I made for very fine work or hard to reach areas—and I find I'm using it less and less.

This tool cuts very clean lines, with almost no need to clean debris out of the scribed line, or to brush solvent cement along the line. The straight scriber (opposite the hooked end) is a little difficult to master, but I've seen Jon do amazing things with it. In short, it does what it's supposed to do extremely well.

It is important to remember to use a very light touch, especially when starting a line. The weight of the tool, lightly held in your fingers, is enough. You will also have to use metal scribing guides, as the tool is so sharp it will cut into plastic (for those who use Dymo label tape.)

There are a few things I think would improve the tool, BUT these are relatively minor. The first is length: I wish it were about three inches longer, or even a little more. This would make it easier to control, and would make it easier to get it into restricted spaces (such as near a wing root on an aircraft). Jon has told me he may come out with a longer version. The thickness of the tool sometimes makes it difficult to see exactly what you are doing. I also wrapped a bit of grip tape around the middle, which improves handling and makes it easier for my thick fingers to pick up.

I've often said that: "The only tool you can afford is the best tool you can find."

This is the best tool you can find.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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