- Published on Monday, 26 March 2012 01:05 James Hatch
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Sanding sticks and sponges have pretty much become the 'norm' for modellers these days, and these can vary quite a lot in quality. I've used a good number of different manufacturer's sanders, and while the grit is very similar to start with, some brands tend to last longer than others. I've also found that one of the supposed market leader's products don't last very long, and carry a premium price for their name.
The two key points to good sanding sticks are a quality abrasive material and a good strength and flexible adhesive. I have consistently found that sanding sticks and sponges from MDC (Model Design Construction) last the longest in my collection, and perform beautifully.
MDC have now released two new sets, and the first one of these will mean that I no longer need to hack at my current sponges with a knife:
MDC Skinny Sanders, £2.95
These are simply cut down version of the regular sanders, with each packet carrying a course, medium and fine stick, along with a buffer. At the price these are pitched at, they still represent good value for money in relation to the 'complete' sticks. I've already been using these on a resin Steampunk kit with a complicated propeller, and found that they perform superbly.
Various Sanders Packet, £4.95
This new pack of sanding sponge sticks contains 3 grades of abrasive: White 240 grit, Blue 100 grit and a green buffer stick. This is pretty much a general purpose pack that would be best used in conjunction with a few intermediary grade sponges, but can still be used for most of the finer sanding applications that the modeller requires, such as seam removal.
So what do we think?
For me, MDC sanding sticks and sponges rate among the highest you can buy in terms of quality/longevity, and I'm always pleased to pad my collection out with a few new ones. These are well priced and will provide you with excellent service.
Very highly recommended.
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