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Micro Drill Bits - Where to buy


wackyracer

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Hi WackyRacer and welcome to the forum.

 

Contact Allan Sidney @ allansid@alo.com Allan is based in UK.  Introductory sets are about £30.00

 

I got this 50 bit set with a nice range of .30mm to 1.0mm sizes.  This size seems to work best for me, I am all about 1/32 aircraft.  However, Allan will make up a custom set for you. 

 

Since I got these I have yet to use my pin vice.  These are great as using your fingers gives you exceptional control and feel for the work you are doing.  These are used in the aerospace and electronics industry and are made in Germany and not the Carbide ones made in China.  I just love these and highly recommend them. 

 

They are not bullet proof as care must be taken when using the fine sizes.  I did break a .30mm and .45mm.  Credit to the product it was my clumsiness which caused the breakage.  Steady hand is required.  Noting, I was able to drill out a 1/32 scale pitot tube and underwing antenna of my Bf109 to replace with wire.  Not possible with a pin vice.

 

Allan was great to work with.  He asked good questions about my needs and was most prompt with my inquiries.  The awesome storage case is in short supply.  As of October, Allan had only a few available.

 

James Hatch also did a review on these in 2009 on Scale Plastic and Rail.

 

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Best - Rick

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Hi Rick

 

Yes I did. Allan sorted me out in double quick time and I took them to my local IPMS club night where others have since purchased.

 

The bits are really good and cut through very neatly and quickly. I've managed to break a couple of 0.2 and need to speak to Allan about sourcing some replacements but I'd recommend them all day long.

 

Aaron

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On my always growing endless wishlist :)

 

About breaking the drill bits...I wish they made the actual drill part of them a bit shorter.

Hardly ever need to drill more then 1 or 2 mm deep...the thickness of styrene is hardly ever more then that, so 5 or 6mm long is plenty.

Shorter bits last much longer I think...maybe an idea? :ph34r:

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Dam!  More money leaving my pocket.  I am making a vow to start building more and spending less....wait tried that and didnt work...well, I am trying again.

 

I am almost finished with my Eindecker though, so.....

 

Thank you Rick for an awesome lead!

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About breaking the drill bits...I wish they made the actual drill part of them a bit shorter.

Hardly ever need to drill more then 1 or 2 mm deep...the thickness of styrene is hardly ever more then that, so 5 or 6mm long is plenty.

 

One of the reasons I like the Micro Mark pin vice set, Their hollow in the middle so you can "choke up" the bit as far as you want to.

 

http://www.micromark.com/4-piece-machinists-pin-vise-set,7764.html

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