GW rivet tool

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by michl080, 2 September 2018.

  1. michl080

    michl080 Western Thunderer

    Good morning fellow modellers,

    I would like to purchase a GW rivet tool and I am wondering which one is the best for 7mm kits. There is a standard, a universal and heavy duty universal tool available. The heavy duty is currently not available, but the others are. Any recommendations?

    best regards,
  2. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    I've used a universal model for years for 7mm modelling, advertised at £95.00, and can recommend it. Didn't know there was a heavy duty version ?

  3. delticfan

    delticfan Active Member

    The heavy duty tool is a proper piece of kit but I agree the £95 one is good enough.
  4. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    There's one for sale on ebay.

  5. michl080

    michl080 Western Thunderer

    Thanks Jon,

    let's see...

  6. michl080

    michl080 Western Thunderer


    the Ebay auction ended 20 GBP above the GW-price, so I ordered one at George Watt directly. Ordering form Germany without credit card or Paypal is not easy, but George had no problems with my weird "cash in the envelope" order. A very impressive little tool for a very reasonable price. The difference between my old gravity rivet tool and the GW device is HUGE.

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  7. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Hi Michael,
    Glad to hear you got one OK. It really makes a difference even just for punching half etch rivets, compared to other methods. If you compare the result on the bunker of my A3 tender done with an auto centre punch, to the A4 tender bunker done with the GW tool, the consistency of the rivets with the GW is far superior and there is hardly any distortion of the work piece.

    However, the handle needs some padding or rubber added to ease the impact on the palm of your hand, when you are doing a lot of rivets in one go.

    Happy riveting.

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