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Hand Tools
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

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A wrench (or spanner) is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects—usually rotary fasteners, such as nuts and bolts—or keep them from turning.

In British English, spanner is the standard term. The most common shapes are called open-ended spanner and ring spanner. The term wrench refers to a type of adjustable spanner.

In American English, wrench is the standard term. The very most common shapes are called open-end wrench and box-end wrench. In American English, spanner refers to a specialized wrench with a series of pins or tabs around the circumference. (These pins or tabs fit into the holes or notches cut into the object to be turned.) In American commerce, such a wrench may be called a spanner wrench to distinguish it from the British sense of spanner.

Higher quality wrenches are typically made from chromium-vanadium alloy tool steels and are often drop-forged. They are frequently chrome-plated to resist corrosion and ease cleaning.

Hinged tools, such as pliers or tongs, are not generally considered wrenches in English, but exceptions are the plumber wrench(pipe wrench in British English) and mole wrench.(Mole Grips in British English).

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Hand Tools, for ultra high resolution detail. Over 90 pieces depicting several types of common garage and shop tools. Give your miniature mechanics something more than the usual spare tire and oil barrel castings to get the job done. No repair shop, gas station, garage or repair scene can be complete without hand tools! These amazing details are available in small and large formats, both sizes are appropriate for 1/48 "O" scale. Large size will also match up perfectly with 1/35 scale military models. Figures in photo show sizes relative to different scales.

Laser cut and relief engraved in .0145" Laserboard. Small size sheet measures about 1.25" x 1.5", large size measures about 1.9" x 2.25".

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Highs: Well detailed in an unusual medium.
Lows: Parts have to be modified to represent tools opened. A little expensive.
Verdict: Good details items for any diorama.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: VC large or small set
  Suggested Retail: [email protected]
  Related Link: O gauge tools
  PUBLISHED: Sep 11, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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I keep meaning to order some of these.... TY for reminding me Stephen. They must ad just a nice edge to any mainenance dio Another fine example of the differences between British English & American English too, The spanner/wrench you refer to with the pegs I've always refered to as a C spanner. Fits Albatros Manifold collars and motorcycle exhausts etc. TY for posting Keith
SEP 19, 2012 - 04:21 AM

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