Get the Best Results with the Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo-Etch Tool Kit

Xuron® TK3600 Pro Photo Etch Tool Kit contains three tools.

Are you a scale modeler or model railroader looking for the perfect tool kit to help you get the best results when working with photo-etch parts? Then check out the Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo Etch Tool Kit. This kit is designed to simplify and streamline your process, giving you three specialty tools that are capable of trimming PE parts with unmatched precision: the 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissors, the 450 TweezerNose™ Pliers, and the 575 Micro-Bending Pliers. 

Xuron® 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissors

If you’ve been around the scale modeling world for a while, you may remember when photo-etch first appeared in the hobby world. One of the first lines of model kits to feature photo-etch parts was the HiTech series from Monogram.

One of the first kits requiring the use of photo etch tools.
This Monogram HiTech kit was one of the first to feature photo-etch parts.

In those days, the Xuron® 440 PET Shears was all you needed to remove and trim PE parts. (This tool is formally known as the 440 High Precision Scissors.)Xuron® 440 High Precision Scissors.

In those early days, you might get a dozen or so parts on a photo-etch fret. Today, it could be a hundred or more. I wanted a tool that could handle the challenge of removing these ever-so-delicate PE parts from the fret, as well as the capacity to trim PE parts when necessary without inflicting any damage. So, I teamed up with Xuron Corp. to develop the 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissors.

Xuron® Model 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissors.

Its long, sharp jaw lets you remove small, delicate parts cleanly without bending or twisting them. The precision design allows cutting along the full length of the scissors’ jaw. You can literally trim a hair’s width off a piece of PE without damaging the part you are trimming.

Xuron® 9180ET product review.

This level of performance is what I, as a modeler, demanded, and the 9180ET delivers. Combine a great tool with solid techniques, and you’ll be able to master the removal and trimming of photo-etch parts, which is the first step in using PE in your scale modeling project.

Speaking of technique, we see so many who remove PE parts with difficulty, trying to cut the PE parts from the fret in the same manner as you would cut plastic parts off the sprue. This will bend your photo-etch. Don’t cut from the top down, but keep the cutting surface closer to parallel with the photo-etch, as if you were cutting a piece of paper or a decal from a decal sheet with scissors.

Quality photo etch tools are important, and so is technique.
Technique is important when working with photo-etch. Note the cutting angle.

Fine Scale Modeler offers additional tips in their article: Remove photo-etched metal parts from the fret.

Model Railroad Techniques posted a video review about this tool. See it here:

Xuron® 450 TweezerNose™ Pliers

Xuron® 450 TweezerNose™ Pliers.

This is a must-have for any modeler looking to create a masterpiece. Featuring fine, precise blades that match perfectly in alignment and size as well as shape, these TweezerNose™ pliers will help you to bend, photo-etch, form, and bend soft wire and pick up delicate parts with unparalleled precision. Constructed from high-strength, heat-treated carbon steel, Xuron®’s 450 TweezerNose™ pliers are strong yet offer a smooth and precise operation for those delicate parts. Included in the Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo-Etch Tools Kit, they’ll provide you with the ultimate in comfort and efficiency.

Xuron® Model 575 Micro-Bending PliersXuron® 575 Micro-Bending Pliers.

The unique model 575 pliers was designed for model railroaders to adjust trip pins on N, HO, and O-sized couplers. But we’ve discovered it has a much wider range of applications. Its unique forming blades bend photo-etch to a perfect 90° angle, as well as wire and light gauge strips of brass and aluminum. You can position the “V” and adjust the bend to just how you want it. If a less pronounced bend is desired, all you have to do is loosen the handle grips slightly. As with all of our pliers, the Xuron® 575 Micro-Bending Pliers also feature our ergonomically designed Light-Touch™ return spring and non-slip Xuro-Rubber™ handle grips to offer maximum comfort while in use.

Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo-Etch Tool Kit

Xuron® TK3600 Pro Photo Etch Tool Kit contains three tools.
The Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo-Etch Tool Kit includes three precision tools in a durable canvas pouch.

The Xuron® TK 3600 Professional Photo-Etch Tool Kit is an essential item for any scale modeler looking to get professional results with photo-etch parts. With three specialty tools – the 9180ET Professional Photo-Etch Scissors, the 450 TweezerNose™ Pliers, and the 575 Micro-Bending Pliers – this tool kit will help you achieve amazing results with minimum effort. Ask for it today at your favorite hobby retailer.

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Gerald Voigt

Gerald’s involvement with the scale modeling hobby dates back to his preteen years. Since then he has been involved in just about every aspect of the hobby…IPMS chapter president, product manufacturing, marketing, technical advisor, design engineer, wholesale and retail sales and most recently a hobby advocate and brand ambassador representing Xuron Corp. His initial relationship with Xuron started when he approached us with a product idea, which led to the successful development of two of the most popular tools Xuron produces for scale modelers…the 2175ET Pro Sprue Cutter and the 9180ET Pro PE Scissors.


  1. Scott Hollingshead says

    I have been using the PE shears (both types) since they were first released, and there is no better tool for removing photo-etch items from their fret. I do have a question that no one has been able to answer though. I attended a Model Expo in Chicago a number of years ago, and the Xuron booth had a pair of what is now the 9180 that folks could try out. Back then, you could not purchase items at the show, but as soon as I could order the shears, it was the 440 PET that was available. It took several years before the 9180 was made available, which in my opinion is the better tool of the two. I have just been curious how the 440 came to be released first, and why the long delay between it and the 9180?

    • Abby Robey says

      HI Scott, that’s a good question!
      I know for fact that the 9180ET was developed and introduced several years after the 440PET. The 9180ET came about as collaboration between Xuron Corp and Gerald Voigt (author of this blog post). Gerald had been using 440PET but felt he could improve upon it,and he did. Our Model 9180 (which might be what you saw at iHobby) is the parent tool of the 9180ET and was in existance before we developed the 9180ET.
      The tool you saw at iHobby was the 9180 but not the same variation that is now known as the 9180ET (this is my best assumption). I’m going to pass your comment on to Gerald, his memory might be better than mine. Thank you!! – Abby

    • Gerald Voigt says

      Scott if you attended the iHobby Expo in Chicago within the last five years or so, you probably did see the 9180ET Pro Photo Etch Shear when visiting the Xuron booth. It has always been marketed and sold as a tool exclusively for use in the removal, cutting and trimming of photo etch parts. Though I do know some modelers who use a pair for trimming decals, especially those printed on heavier than normal paper stock. Happy Modeling!

  2. Scott Hollingshead says

    Abby and Gerald,

    Thanks for the responses! Actually, I first used a tool at the Xuron booth that resembled the 9180ET before the 440 PET was released. This was far more than five years ago, and either late in the 90’s or early in the 00’s. Anyway, I was just puzzled as to why the 440 PET was released as your initial photo etch tool when there was a longer nose cutter in your stable. In the end, I have owned and utilized both tools, but since purchasing the 9180 have not really touched the 440.

    Keep up the great work that you folks do, and I will continue to use and enjoy all of my Xuron tools!

  3. Chuck Carr says


    I just found out about your products while needing a tool to cut Metal Earth parts from their tree. I love the quality of your tools. I ordered mine through Amazon. Is there a list of retailers that carry your products, so I could go visit one near me?

    Thank you,

  4. Vince Pugliese says

    Great article and great products!
    This will elevate every modeler’s game to the next level.

    Keep up the good work and the great innovation.


  5. Alex Drake says

    I, honestly love working with your precision tools. I do a lot, and I do mean a LOT, of photo-etch work with my scale model aircraft. And Xuron tools really make the job easier and more enjoyable. Thanks for the tools ( I have several in my cache` of tools).

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