I recently needed to pick up the Citadel Moudline Remover tool, as my old Seam Scraper from Micro-Mark was getting dull. Hear my thoughts about this tool and whether its worth its premium price tag, in this little review.
The current range of Citadel tools is definately the most premium one ever and also the most expensive one. When you look at the Games Workshop website, you’ll notice how the pictures of all the tools are taken on a black background with a slight reflection, like you would photograph jewelry or high value consumer goods. Games Workshop definately want to convey the feeling that working with this tools is a hobby status symbol.
Some veterans might actually wonder why you need a scraping tool for mouldlines at all. Mouldlines have tradiontally been removed with a knife or hobby scalpel like a X-Acto knife for years. Which works reasonably well, however with a thin blade it’s actually rather easy to leave unsighty dents when you get stuck while scraping. Dedicated scraping tools have a thicker blade with an angled cutting that makes it much easier to drag the blade over mouldlines, especially on round and organic shapes.
I used to have a Seam Scraper from Micro-Mark, an American mail-order with loads of hobby materials and tools that are always on discount (usually of varying quality). I was perfectly happy with it, but it started to become dull after several years of use and hundreds of models. As the Dollar/Euro exchange rate has become so unfavourable and the shipping to Germany seems to have become more expensive, it became prohibingly expensive to get another one. It would have been about 25 Euro plus import duties, back then I paid like 16 Euro. Makes the Citadel tool a steal with “only” 13 Euro, doesn’t it?
So, let’s have a look at the Citadel Mouldline Remover. The packaging is pretty nice, a thick matte box with glossy highlights. The tool itself looks pretty nice with its dark brassy handle, and has a good weight to it. The quality is definately there.
Here you can see a comparison of the tool next to a X-Acto 11 blade and my old Seam Scraper from Micro-Mark. As you can see, the Citadel tools has a blunt tip (probably for safety reasons), which means that you’ll have a hard time to get into small gaps. You’ll still need a knife or scalpel for these areas. A problem the Seam Scraper doesn’t have, as its tri-angular blade is pointed. I guess I’ll have to use my X-Acto knife much more often from now on.
Another benefit of the Seam Scraper is the tri-angular cutting. The blade is also pointed at two ends, so you can remove it and use the other side if the first side becomes dull. The Citadel tool has only one cutting, so in theory the Seam Scraper should last six times longer. However, the steel used for the blade of the Citadel tool seems to be a very high quality, so maybe that will help. Only the time can tell.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the way the cutting of the blade is angled, left-handers will have a really hard time to use it.
So what do you I think? I really liked my Micro-Mark seam scraper and if you live in the US, I recommend getting this, as it is cheaper and is able to reach small gaps as well. The Citadel Mouldline Remover is perfectly servicable, with minor limitations. It doesn’t come cheap, but I think it will last a while and when you compare its price tag to specialist hobby tools from Tamiya, it’s not too bad actually.
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So did it work? Good start to the review but no actual review of it lol. Other than making me want to go buy the other one, hehe.
I use mine all the time, rarely have to use my knife these days! I've had the old one with rubber handle since they released it but recently picked up the newer metal one, definitely feels higher quality and I like the weighty feel 🙂 means I can concentrate less when cleaning without damaging my digits!
I own GW's remover too and compared to using my knife to remove the mold lines it's absolutely fantastic 🙂
Unfortunately as I live in Austria the seam scrapper is not in my reach, so I can't compare it. The only downside for me is the blunt end, as mentioned in the article.
I never used to remove moldlines before I got the original GW scraper (I know, the horror…). And the new one is certainly sharper and cleans things up much better. It's a shame they don't include the flash brush in their range anymore because although they're doing increasingly less resin it's always useful to have some sort of detritus cleaner that isn't a paint brush.
I just use a cheap toothbrush for this purpose.
Interesting review, but I'm still reticent about buying a tool that costs so much.
I got mine a few months ago and, even though I'm a lefty, I've not had any issues using it. Mine certainly seems to have more than one cutting edge, so it doesn't matter to me how I hold it or how I use it – it always manages to get clean up the mold lines with no fuss.
My only criticism would be the handle – while the metal does give it a really good weight and feel of quality, it's rather slick and can slip in your hands. A rubberized or textured handle would stop this.
Bought mine a year ago and I'm still happy with it.
The tip is sometimes a little bit to broad to get into small areas like the arms of my nids but it works really fine.
Maybe it's my hands but after a while it feels uncomfortable to work with.
Alternativ tools from german onlineshop:
been wondering about buying one of those for a while, guess i will be buying only heard good things about them/that it works, as its mainly flat and smooth surfaces that mould lines bother me (like the really obvious ones in this weeks WD on the chaos bastion terrain piece)
As for uncomfortable handle, i guess you could sort that with some grip tape for a tennis racket or bike handle bars…
For people asking about flash brushes i have found cheap nail brushes work fine, just break the stiff nylon bristles in by taking some sandpaper to it, or dog grooming brushes work well, both quite cheap.
I use the older GW one of the same basic design, and I'd like to point out that, at least on that one, it's double-edged so it can be used by lefties with no problem at all. I also really appreciate the curved side. It's like a French curve, with a variable angle. I use that for things like gun barrels, space marine armor, etc. where there's a curved surface. I use the flat side for flat stuff, obviously, but if you use the flat end on a rounded bit it can leave look a bit goofy. I get the impression the thing will last forever, working with plastic and resin, but who knows. I still use my knife for things like ribbed tubes and cables, or really hard-to-reach areas like all the nooks and crannies on boltguns and whatnot.
like Jeff I use the older pattern seam stripper (perhaps we should refer to this as the pre heresy model) and am left handed this does not present any issues with its use (just throwing that in for the 10% of gamers that rely on their sinister side) I don't imagine the post heresy model differs in operation. The only real limitation is that fat rounded nose which often seems akin to trying to paint a mini with a 3" house brush but that's where good ole x-acto wins
if you are in europe this is for sale in the uk. not sure on shipping/taxes though
Cheers mate, might pick one up 🙂
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This should be a review for the seamstripper with the GW offering being the comparison.
I've always just used a knife. But I'm interested in the seamstripper now. Thanks for taking the time to review.