Mission Models Micro-Chisel
by John Prigent
This is just what I had been waiting for without knowing it. I’ve
been testing it so can report that it works very well indeed. The 2mm
chisel tip is small enough to get into most of the awkward places we all
encounter when removing ejector pin marks, and razor sharp to slice cleanly
either at those or in removing unwanted rivet or other surface detail
that is to be replaced with photoetch.
It’s not surprising that the tip comes protected by a plastic sleeve
and I recommend that you keep this on it whenever the tool is not in use,
not just to protect the tip but to save cut fingers when you pick it up.
This is not a thin blade, like an XActo chisel, but a solid steel 2 mm
rod with the chisel tip machined onto it so there’s no risk of it
bending to cause a slip in your cutting. That also means less risk of
This tip is held in an equally solid steel handle115 mm long and about
6 mm thick, a very good size for easy use, with a rubber sleeve just where
you want it for a secure grip. About 20 mm of the chisel’s business
end stands free of the handle so it is easy to reach into confined spaces
– the end of the handle tapers down a bit to make this even easier.
The tip is machined down at a shallow angle for rigidity, with the actual
sharp part forming its end. Its shaft is held to the handle by a grub
screw so there’s no risk of it working loose.
A worthwhile purchase with it is the optional spare tip pack. This comes
with not only a replacement for the standard tip but also an extra one
with the tip machined to a curve, which will be very handy for getting
into some areas, and both have protective sleeves. An Allen key for the
grub screw is included – much better than anything else you could
use – and there’s a spare screw as well.
Very highly recommended as an addition to your modelling tool set!