I have to admit I was slightly nonplussed by the arrival of Platzís new compass cutter for review. What could be so different that needed testing? Then I looked at the packaging properly and saw that itís capable of cutting a 1.5mm hole. Thatís tiny! - way smaller than my trusted Olfa P-Cutter (see the side-by-side comparison shot of the two on their minimum settings).
The Super Punch Compass is moulded in robust beige ABS plastic and comes fitted with a titanium blade. Spares for this are available, but none are included in the pack.
The design is really rather clever, because the compact little tool not only slides in on itself so tight that the blade and pin almost touch, but also extends out to allow large 10cm circles to be cut. I found itís very nicely balanced in use, and I quickly managed to cut accurate circles, although at the minimum diameter the slightest slip is inevitably apparent.
Of course, at really tiny diameters, the compass cutter is firmly in the territory thatís arguably more easily tackled with a punch and die for many tasks. But this is for me the really exciting aspect of the new tool, because it perfectly bridges the frustrating gap that often exists between the largest size modelling punches and how small a hole you can cut with something like a P-Cutter.
Small is definitely beautiful in the case of Platzís new Super Punch Compass, and this handy little tool definitely has a place in my toolbox. Recommended. Whether youíre cutting thin sheet for scratchbuilding and modifications, or decal sheet or painting masks, this little gizmo should prove invaluable.
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Highs: A high quality tool with a clever design that allows you to cut both large and very tiny discs accurately. Lows: None that I've found.Verdict: This is an excellent tool that combines accuracy and versatility.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...