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Worth every penny!
Total rip off!
Has anybody bought, held, or seen the Citadel tool kit? GW is selling it for $120 in the US. What bits come in the bits tubs, or is it just 2 empty tubs? Good or Bad? Please discuss...
the pin vice is really the only thing out of all the gw tools worth the money.
The rest can be bought for a lower price and better quality through normal hobby/supply stores.
i did get the files though, just because i was being lazy and was in the shop anyway.
i shouldnt have really, theyre of horrible quality.
6 in total, mine are all the same size, which is a good thing for me, since such small bits are tough to get ahold of otherwise.
The knife, files, scuplting tool, and the saw are the only good thing in the whole entire kit... or maybe the case itself too (I could use the case to store models with my extra foams lol).
The hand drill is absolutely terrible.. the handle is too wide so it kinda makes you have to grip it harder thus wasting more energy. The drill bits are jokes, they are not even sharp enough to go through pewters.. unless you force it in and risk having it break in two pieces. The clippers are a disaster, it can cut plastic fine but it feels like low quality cutting tool that'll leave little stubs where you cut, forcing you to use the file to smooth it out. The clippers also chip badly when cutting pewter models (or even paper clips)... avoid it if you can. The vice doesnt work because the suction pad on the bottom rarely function as it should. The two empty bits tubs are great for dumping your sand/flock/snow and store them in the kit box.
I would say just get the tool seperately... dont bother getting the drill and the clippers, you'll be in for some disappointment when you've come in touch with a superior tool at the same price -- Tamiya stuff.
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As far as quick, pre-built, one stop toolkits go, it's not bad. But the modelling world has much better equipment available for equal or lower prices if you're willing to look a bit.
I just did a quick and rough shopping trip at Micro-Mark, and to put together a set of tools with the same or better components as the GW one will set you back $80. It includes:
>Cast Iron machinist's mini vise
>>12 piece Swiss pattern needle file set
>>>Xuron Micro Shear
>>>>4 in 1 Zona razor saw set
>>>>>Pinvise set with 12 bits
>>>>>>X2000 knife handle plus a 15 pack of #11 blades
>>>>>>>And any of several dozen potential sculpting tools.
Add on around $10 for US shipping and your total stands at something like $90. If you wanted, you could even include some sanding sticks and plastic adhesive and still have cash left over from the GW kit.
I'm going to have to agree with Wraith. You can get MUCH better quality tools from micro-mark at a fraction of the price. AND, they're having a huge sale until September where some of their products at 70% off.
GW needs to stick to games an minis, hobby items are better left to people who cater to hobbyists and railroad modelers.
Besides, didn't the GW hand-flamer air gun get recalled because it kept exploding in people's hands? That says something right there...
exploding in peoples hands?? meaning like, just, suddenl falling apart with a blast of compressed air, or like full on explosion complete with missing hands and shrapnel to the eye?
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I got the tool kit about 2 weeks ago, thanks to my insurance company replacing all my tools after I was burgled.
Best bits- the case and foams, the knife.
Worst bits- Saw.
I almost put the drill in both categories- it's a nice chunky drill which I like and it comes with a half dozen drill bits (all the same size unfortunately) , but it does have a tendency to undo itself in your hand and it only comes with 2 chucks (the bits that hold the drill bit- they're 'chucks' right?) one of which is a ridiculous size for a tool that big. I mean- if I was using a needle drill I don't need a massively oversized chuck.
The saw is disappointing. The blade is not interchangable like most others and will be completely replaced (with a different brand) when it's blunt.
The scalpel is wicked- lots of blades and viciously sharp. I like it.
The best bit for me is the case- holds all the tools snuggly (although a slot for evey file and sculpting tool is getting a little excessive) and has extra space for minis. I find it really handy because I frequently have to take a handful of minis and tools to my LGS, where I work part time. The tool kit is great for this.
On the whole- I like it because someone else bought it for me. If it was coming out of my own pocket then I'd produce my own with my own choice of tools. Think about getting some foam mini inlays and a solid case and tools seperately. You'll either save money or have better quality.
I rate it 3 Monkeys out of 5.
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