I often get questions about the tools I use and I answer as best I can so when people would write me about the nippers I would always answer I use these. There are a couple of reasons why I like them. First, I like having that curve to allow me to get into some tight spots and second, they were easily available to me. Then came the God Hands. Or, more correctly, my awareness of God Hands.
Mineshima’s God Hand nippers are impossible to get a hold of because they purposely don’t make enough. I’m not kidding here! If you’re lucky enough to be on Facebook at the time a batch is announced, or if you’re at an event where they have a booth and you have lined up early the first day, you may be able to almost get close to possibly getting a pair of God Hands. Many builders find this unfair or just plain ridiculous.
Hobbyco, an Australian company, likely felt the same way and so went ahead and made their own godly nippers, the Ultra Premium Nipper.
Curiousity getting the better of me, I wrote the people at Hobbyco asking about these and they were kind enough to send me a sample to try out.
You’ll notice some Japanese on the package. This made me think they were a Japanese product but that’s not the case. These babies are Australian born and bred.
They have a very solid spring on the inside which provides enough resistance that you’ll be making slow precise cuts rather than quick sloppy ones and, unlike with the Tamiya nippers I usually use, that spring won’t fail and cause your nippers to have no spring back at all.
The blades are flat, something that didn’t take me long to get used to, and quite sharp slicing through the plastic with ease leaving minimal gate marks.
Yes, I’ve been using them already. I had to try them out on the A-Wing!
I have tried the God Hands, a prized-possession of a friend of mine, and the feeling of the Ultra Premium Nippers is very close to those and, probably more importantly, the cutting result on your model is identical. Any modellers lamenting their inability to get a hold of God Hand Nippers will definitely want to look at Hobbyco and their modelling tools.