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    Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    So, I just ordered my first set of nippers. I kinda stumbled upon these Wave series Nippers. And I have to say. I am excited to try them.

    They are a Single edge design just like the "God Hands" but come in at a fraction of the cost. I ordered the HT-389 HG for only $19 shipped.

    Now, I was someone that didn't like the idea of having to buy expensive Nippers for such a minuscule purpose. And was using Micro saws instead. Which have much superior results. But, After going through a few sets of blades and the ridiculous time consumption. I went and just took a spare set of wire cutters I had and sharpened them. The result would probably be okay for most people. And it wasn't so bad. But, they were fairly stiff and I just wanted something effortless.


    Which I feel is the key thing for wanting a set of dedicated Nippers. The fast, effortless, clean cut. Which is ultimately why I decided to buy these. The possible time saving alone made me want to give them a try.

    Wave NT-389 HG "Straight Edge"

    Wave HT-390 HG "Angled Edge"

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Those look cool. Interested to see how long they hold their edge.


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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Yea those angled ones look great. Might grab a pair.


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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Someone who knows more about nippers should start a official thread on them. As there seems to be allot of misconceptions about what they are used for and which ones you should consider getting.

    When I decided to build some kits again after so long. There was a steep learning curve about what was needed to make display quality figures. The learning curve was so steep because of how difficult it was to get good reliable information. I mean for newbies just getting into the hobby when they try to look for tools. They get outrageous recommendations as if they HAVE to have these certain products.

    Nippers are probably the best possible example about this. The only thing they are used for is to remove the parts from the runners. Not so much to remove the nubs from the part. But, when you search you get hundreds of recommendation for the God Hands and when they demonstrate why they almost always cut right at the part. Which isn't ideal.

    When you search for Nippers you really only come away with the belief there are 3 recommendations. God Hands. GundamPlanet, and Tamiya
    All of which I feel were overly priced.

    I for one had a misunderstanding about there use myself. I thought they were just a expensive, flashy, inferior tools to remove parts form the runners. But, after trying a few ways myself I now see a genuine purpose for them. And for me its efficiently. I really am curious just how much time I will save by using these. And I bet my hands wont hurt when cutting with them like the wire cutters did. "They were quite stiff"

    Sorry I went a bit off topic there.

    Well, I'm glad I did end up deciding to post about these. The more people that know about these quality and affordable alternatives the better.
    I look forward to giving them a try.

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Ya me too. Take a few pictures of a couple test cuts. I would like to see how much they stress the plastic as they cut. I have God Hands and Tamiya nippers as well as a couple cheapys that are used for big runners. But I'm all about good tools on the cheap.


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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    If you just want one good pair of cutter that you'll be sure to be happy with. Just get a set of God Hand SPN-120 5.0 and you'll never have to worry about cutter again. the time you saved from sanding more than offset the extra cost.

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    I made this thread to show people that they DON'T need to be pressured into buying a set of over price "God Hands". And yet...

    Had to give you a little crap as its just too funny that you ACTUALLY went out of your way to push for the God Hands. It's stuff like this why newbies how only touch HG kits dont color or even panel line feel they just HAVE to have the God hands...

    Anyways, back to topic. The Wave cutter will be here with-in the week I hope. I will try and do some test cuts for you all.

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    I use Lindstrom 8148 cutter in the beginning which is actually more expensive than God Hand. It cut through plastic like butter but the God hand is arguably better with it shallower cut angle. Guess it all depends on how much your time is worth. Just for fun, I ordered a pair of the HT-389 but it'll be a while before I get. I'll see how it compares to the God hand and Lindstrom.

    https://www.amazon.com/Lindstrom-814...lindstrom+8148

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Well, guess what I got today.

    I wont have time to do any testing for you guys for awhile. But, I thought I'd give you just a quick look at them next to the cutters I have been using lately.

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Mine just made it in this week. Did a comparison with my well used God Hand and there's no comparison.The Wave produce a fair amount of white stress on the cut while the God Hand produce almost none. My advice is save your money and time as it's maybe just a hair better than the Tamiya ones that's readily available everywhere for about the same price.

    HT-389 HG
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    God Hand
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    Left Cut Wave right cut God Hand
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    The amount of sanding and polishing you save by using the God Hand will more then make up for the high cost in no time The difference is just about a cheap MG or expensive HG kit afterall. If God Hand is just all hype, they would not last this long and still be constantly in demand.
    Last edited by Wiz33; June 16, 2018 at 12:01 AM.

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    Re: Wave Nippers HT-389 HG, HT-390 HG

    Thanks for the comparison Wiz33!


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