The Ultimate! God Hand Nippers

GodHand Ultimate Nipper 5.0 – This is arguably THE nerdiest name for a tool I’ve ever come across, especially with the “5.0” at the end. I like how it even advertise its sharpness level at 5. Apparently this is a hand-sharpened nipper made in small batches hence limited supply and every store that sells it only allows 1 per customer. I just happened to run across it while in Japan last November and saw the godly price tag of I think about 3000 yen and the packaging just made me laugh so I had to try it out. Hell why not. Stuff like this usually have its merits.

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At the same time, I also picked up another Tamiya side cutter. My usual go-to brand of cutters. Turns out I have like 5 of these now.

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A cover for your God Hand Ultimate Nippers 5.0.

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Comparison of the two. The GodHand is the shortest as well as the thinnest of all the nippers. It is also the lightest too.

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Here it is side by side by side with the other Tamiya cutters.  I don’t think I understand what is the difference between the two Tamiya cutters though- they are both called Sharp-pointed side cutter.

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Yea sure, the left one might have a slightly longer tip but both work about the same. If anyone knows the specific purpose for the difference, please kindly educate me ^^;.

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Back to the GodHand… the edges are different from each other. Upon a little research, it seems that this nipper is revered for its godliness of cutting nubs clean off the gates, flush cut, saving time, and impressing girls. Time will if the nipper will live up to the last one.

I’ve actually used this nipper with the HG Panda’gguy and the HG Destiny so far. This thing SLICES the plastic. Not pinch. Not crush. Slice. Shear. You wouldn’t realize the difference until you try, feel, and see it in person. The best indicator is the relative lack of stress marks left behind almost as if I’ve already used a knife to shave off the nub. However, I still feel better going over the spot with my actual knife just out of habit and to make the nub is clean. At the very least, I know there won’t be any “craters” if I cut off the nub with this cutter flush against the part. So I am not saving all that much time but at least I can do a cleaner job.

Sorry for not having as pictures of cut plastic – My camera couldn’t get close enough to make out the results clearly.

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Now is it worth it? I’d say it is worth it to have in your arsenal for sensitive parts like V-fins, and outer surface parts where you don’t want to risk nub marks on. It is also good for darker color parts where the stress mark comes out white and this doesn’t leave much or any. I wouldn’t replace all my nippers with this though since I am not sure about its durability or longevity. As far as Gunpla goes, I am only using this nipper on surface armor parts and Tamiya side cutters for everything else.

I’ll update on this cutter later after some more extensive usage.

Tamiya Non-Scratch Pliers… Scratches

Thought I’d just point this out real quick as I’m changing the “bandages” on my pliers right now. I bought this Tamiya Non-Scratch needle nose pliers because I thought the grips were made of some sort of semi-hard rubber (hence “non-scratch”) and it does sorta look that way from the photos. I was bummed out when it arrived and I found out that it is actually very hard plastic. With enough force, I can leave teeth parks on my parts but if I don’t then I can risk dropping the parts. Ugh. So what I did was bandage the grips with paper.

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Japan Chemical Item Export Ban

I’ve just went over to R10 to pick up a few bottles of paint and I ran across THIS MESSAGE on their site. Basically, Japan has now banned exporting any sort of paint, thinner, cements and… you know… “chemical containing items” and the likes. Both spray can AND bottle form are no go. Their initial ban some time last year just pertains to spray cans. Tools are still okay though. From what I can understand on that page (it’s kinda in engrish), it seems like manufacturers need to present an MSDS (material safety data sheet- a paper that tells you how “hazardous/flammable” the stuff is) in order to be shipped… but can still be denied if the chemical is deemed too dangerous by Customs >_>. R10 has removed all their CSI Creos (Mr. Hobby) and Gaia Notes paint supplies from their inventory list to reflect this… along with Tamiya Acrylic which is what I buy (its Enamel counterpart is still there though). Maybe the acrylic will come back later…  I don’t know. As with the spray can ban, I’m assuming this will mainly affect US consumers since people from elsewhere will somehow find ways to smuggle them in ^^;. Since this is also very recent, I’m sure your store will still have plenty of stock left. Well, looks like I’ll have to resort to using Testor (domestic) for paint in the worst case scenario…

Let’s say it together everyone!

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Gold Paint

Along with the MG Blue Frame and Arios, I’ve also picked up two new bottle of gold paint (one of which is a replacement). I’m already familiar with Tamiya’s gold leaf (see MG Sinanju) and gonna see how well Mr. Color’s Super Metallic works… damn paint better be nice considering it is 4x the price of Tamiya’s. Anyway, anyone know of any gold paint that is actually… gold? I mean like yellow-gold (think Gundam plated gold… or as close as possible) and not bronze-gold. I need such a gold so I can work on a certain half-assed gold plated MG in the near future ^^;. I had to buy another bottle of Tamiya’s Gold Leaf because… well…

The old one looked kinda shitty ^^;.

Matey! We’ve Seized the Treasure!

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… Or more like it just dropped on top of my deck porch ^^;. A few things today… first is the Full Cloth and Ver. Ka are finally completed and I can start shooting photos right now. Second, the above models arrived and hopefully they will be the last I’ll be spending money on for the year. The GN Archer is going to someone else though. Third…

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Good friend from Japan got me these ^^. Will use the new bases for the Crossbone review.

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