Tips and Techniques


When you need to add fine detail to your next model, these may be just what you need…

“Machining is exemplary and that means that in concert, the punches that pass through into the die plate, cut plasticard perfectly, no matter what size is used”


At some point in your modelling career (if you see what I mean!), you will probably decide to add extra detail to a kit, or dabble in a little scratch building, either in terms of small sections, or an entire model. So what if you need to add tiny switches, dial, rivets, nuts, bolts or other fine details? Well, you just might need to invest in a ‘Punch & Die Set’ such as that seen here.


Manufactured by RP Toolz (, the two sets dealt with in this update allow both circular disks and hexagonal shapes to be created with ease. Covering 0.5 – 2 mm in the circular set and 0.7 – 2 mm in the hexagonal, the two boxes will cover most eventualities encountered by the enthusiastic model builder.


As can be seen in the enclosed image, both of these sets are superb in terms of quality and design, from the metal and perspex die plates, through to the aluminium and steel punches, the clever labelling of each item and the annotation of each piece that ensures nothing is mixed up, the quality shines through. Machining is exemplary and that means that in concert, the punches that pass through into the die plate, cut plasticard perfectly, no matter what size is used, no matter what shape, each and every time.

Away from the obvious, I was also pleased to see clever touches such as the threaded screws that tighten the upper and lower plates together once the card is inserted. Older designs have not featured such things so the various constituent parts can sometimes move causing ragged edges to form on the cut pieces – not so here: the precision of the tooling and the way that everything is held together reduce the chance of movement to almost zero, so everything remains sharp and precise.

These are superb tools that will be a very useful addition to the workshops of those that wish to develop their skills beyond simple construction. As mentioned in the video that accompanies this short review, they are not cut-price, but that is offset by exceptional examples of quality and design and that simply forces me to recommend both and to thank RP Toolz for letting me take a look at them for this update and video.

And here’s the video!

I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. They’re great tools indeed, Spence. I reviewed a couple of sets for LSP, but sadly have yet to have the opportunity to use them in anger. The original mallet supplied with the sets looks like the one in the product photo on the box, but it’s too small and light to be useful. It looks like they’ve replaced it with a sturdier unit now. Good stuff!


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