Small Shop Wrangler First-Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of First Look||October 2009||Manufacturer||The Small Shop|
|Subject||Wrangler||Pros||Easy to use tool for making grab handles, loops, rings and even springs|
|Cons||Nothing noted||MSRP (USD)||$49.99|
The Small Shop is located in Kalama, Washington USA. The manufacture tools for modelers.
This tool is designed to be used with soft copper or brass (semi-hard) wire. Not for hard wire. It is used to make grab handles of 17 different sizes. For best results semi-hard wire should first be annealed. This is by heating it over a flame and allowing it to air cool.
The tool was designed by John Geigle of Masterpiece Models. It is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum. It is shaped like a long cone with 17 graduated steps circling it and a square base. This is divided into two halves that are opened and closed via a spring loaded black knob.
The following techniques are easy to master:
- Open the jaws and place the wire through the tool at a selected width needed with some excess on each side.
- Tighten the knob on the tool and bend the wire to a 90 degree angle.]
- Trim the wire to the desired size and you’re done!
- The handle is now ready to be attached to the model.
The Wrangler also makes loops and rings using the following techniques:
- Choose a diameter slightly smaller than the size of ring or loop you want to create.
- Clamp the wire into the jaws at that diameter in the tool.
- Roll the wire around the tool.
- Slightly overlap the wire and clip the wire. The wire will have a certain amount of spring-back.
The final thing that the Wrangler can create is springs, by doing the following:
- Open the jaws on the Wrangler and place the wire into it below the diameter you want to make.
- Tighten the knob to secure the wire.
- Begin winding the wire around the selected diameter.
- Stop when you run out of room.
- Remove the wire and adjust the spring length and trim it to size.
Easy huh? This tool is just the ticket for making these parts from wire. In the past I have struggled with a needle nose pliers trying to make grab handles. With this new tool, it’s a breeze.. Very highly recommended.
I want to sincerely thank The Small Shop for this review sample.