Product Review - Thinnerline Circle Cutter TLCC-BK1
This is a review of the Shadow Hobby Thinnerline Circle Cutter 2018 Black Edition.
- NEW: user-calibrated precision diameter scale
- NEW: laser-engraved markings (no longer uses decal)
- NEW: black on black finish
- No center-point punctures
- Sturdy main ball bearing outer frame
- Secondary ball bearing cutter blade swivel
- Step-less diameter adjustment (.020~1.967″ / 0.5~50 mm)
- Precision adjustment of cutter blade pressure
- Cushion base grip helps prevent slipping
- One standard 60° cutter blade included
What attracted me to this circle cutter is its ability to cut diameters down to 0.5mm, that’s half a millimeter.
Its unconventional design (built on a ball bearing) means that there is no needle, and no hole in the circles that are cut out. This will be ideal for cutting out instrument panel decals.
I placed my order at Shadow Hobby’s online store on 15 February 2018, and the items arrived on 20 March in Singapore.
In actual fact, the items were only dispatched on 5 March, because Shadow Hobby were producing this new 2018 Black Edition, which features laser-engraved markings, as opposed to the stickers in the original Orange-coloured version. Well worth the wait.
A review of the original version can be found on Hyperscale.
I also ordered their new Thinnerline Center Locator TLCL-000, and spare blades for the circle cutter.
Some assembly required; the small zip-loc bag holds the supplied 60-degree angle blade, the blade holder, and stickers for the size indicator.
This allows the blade to rotate whilst cutting in a circle.
Next up is the new Center Locator.
To help align the Circle Cutter over instrument panel decals, or to cut concentric circles for masking roundels, the Center Locator enables us to precisely place the Circle Cutter exactly at the right spot.
Replacing the plastic template with the Circle Cutter (without moving the jig) will locate the center accurately.
Here is a test of cutting some concentric circles in Tamiya masking tape.
Without moving the jig, replace the template with the Circle Cutter. This will align the center point at the exact center of the cutter.
Hold the large knob and rotate counter-clockwise to cut. The direction is clearly indicated on the top panel.
Lastly, a set of three spare blades.
I ordered the 45-degree ones, which are labelled as suitable for cutting material thicknesses from 0.1mm – 0.2mm
These tools are not cheap, and they have the build quality that reflects the price. With a little care, they should last a long time; a worthwhile investment.
Highly recommended for the serious craftsman.
For more information and ordering, visit Shadow Hobby at http://www.shadowhobby.com/