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Tamiya 74041 Electric Handy Drill

by Tamiya

Price: £13.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Tamiya Item: 74041
  • To avoid choking or injury, keep this tool out of reach of small children
  • Wearing of safety goggle highly recommended when using this tool
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Technical Details
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions23.6 x 14.4 x 5.8 cm
Item model number74041
Assembly RequiredYes
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 64,264 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
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Date First Available29 Jan. 2013

Product Description

Ready to assemble tamiya electric handy drill kit. *this is a tamiya handy drill assembly model kit and not a ready-to-use tool*; assembly is required* one 2 mm drill bit and illustrated assembly guide included in this kit. *aaron's workshop notes: this is a good educational model kit for young adults, and also a functional small drill specifically designed for use with plastic model kits. This kit provides an opportunity to learn about the mechanics of a hand-drill but it's also an useful modeling tool when fully assembled. We put this tamiya handy drill together in our shop, and the process was quite similar to putting together other tamiya plastic kits. It's not too difficult to complete, and the finished tool worked quite well when we tested it. The drill is powerful enough to drive through plastic but not too powerful to damage delicate plastic parts. The only thing about this kit we didn't like was the trigger lock (it had a tendency to jam the trigger after repeated use), but we got around it by keeping the trigger lock in the permanent unlocking position. If you are looking solely for a ready-to-use handy drill for modeling purposes, we do not recommend this tamiya assembly kit. This assembly kit includes plastic and metal parts, as well as a small motor (tamiya jet-dash motor commonly found in tamiya racing mini 4wd cars), and parts are of good quality as one would expect from tamiya products. To avoid injury, be sure to wear an eye protection goggle when operating this drill or any other power tools

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Excellent service. Arrived from Japan a lot quicker than I thought it would. The gentleman kept me informed via e-mail and even sent me a sample of Japanese green tea which I enjoyed while assembling the drill.
The drill is a very useful tool, it's speed is just right for drilling without melting plastic. Recommend it to all model makers.
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By Nigel S. on 23 Mar. 2015
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This is a great tool to have when needing direct and correct drill holes to scale models, take your time putting things together and you will be rewarded with a good hand held drill for models, I have used mine several times since putting it together and it works fine,a good value product from tamaya
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great little drill, not much torque but handy for plastics 6 Feb. 2012
By D. McInerney - Published on Amazon.com
I found this drill quite easy to put together, although the circlip on the gears can be quite fiddly due to its small size. Thankfully there were two spare circlips and a spare washer. I didn't need to use them but nearly lost a circlip a few times.

Once I had the motor assembly together I decided to glue the motor to the plastic motor mount just to make sure it did not move when I was assembling the rest. It tends to 'sit up' a bit if you don't do that. I used the thicker type of super glue for that. Also you have to be careful to remove flash from the moving components, especially gears. You will need pointy nose pliers, a middle size phillips head screwdriver, and a #11 knife to assemble this kit. The instructions are easy to understand.

I found that the body of the drill had a little gap along the handle. I put some brush type superglue on the join and pushed the halves together until set. The drill also has a little sticker but it required more superglue to make that stick. It can be left off of course.

The one thing I would point out is that the included tube of grease is very small. I found myself using my supply of slot car axle grease - which seems to be the same grease supplied in the kit - to finish the job.

It drills well as long as it doesn't need a lot of torque. Any kind of plastic that binds up quickly will cause the drill to spin its chuck, especially if the drill is a small size like 1/16". I'm not sure if this drill is meant to use that size, but I had some trouble with binding when I attempted to drill a hole in the guide of a Monogram NASCAR slot car. The small collet seems suitable only down to 1mm and the large collet will take drills like 3/32" and (maybe) 1/8:. It seems ideally suited to many drilling jobs though and it is a great addition to the toolbox. It is uses two AA batteries.

P.S. There is also a router version called the Tamiya Electric Handy Router. It goes together the same way but has different gearing, maybe different collets and a router bit (instead of a drill bit).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it works. No I would not recommend it. 1 Aug. 2011
By Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this tool as I thought it would be much handier to have this than using a pin vise. I am usually pretty good at putting things together, but for some reason this kit is a pain in the ass. Perhaps it is my large fingers or whatever, but it took me way longer than it should have to get the kit put together.

OK, Functionality. It is a drill, it drills, but it is not variable speed. So the problem I ran into is getting a hole started. When I try and place the bit on my model if it slightly off where it really should be, you do not notice and turn on the drill, you have an indention or hole before you know it. So you are kinda married to that hole. Also, I have a problem with mine where it is off balance so the drill bit kind of wobbles a bit. which is bad when using in soft plastic.

I ended up getting a pin vise as well and frankly I have been using the pin vise more than this drill since I got the pin vice. Perhaps this will change when I start working on my metal models here shortly.

So for the money, my opinion is go with something like the Army Painter pin vise and save some hassle and money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pain to assemble but worth the trouble 6 Mar. 2014
By Moses Avalon - Published on Amazon.com
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It's really quite amazing that there are no competitors for this product. Yes you could use a Dremel tool with a micro bit but it's awkward.

Regardless of what anybody says in a review take my word for it, this is very difficult to assemble. There are several tiny parts that require special tools to complete assembly. Chances are if you have those tools you don't need this one.

I took a few shortcuts and managed to assemble this in about two hours. And I'm relatively handy. However, at the end of the day it's well worth it. If you do a lot of hobby and model work, particularly Sci Fi models, then this is a must-have tool. I wanted this for one or two specific applications, but I find myself grabbing it for more often than I had initially thought.

So, at the end of the day it's worth it. But I would gladly pay $10 more for one that is professionally assembled.
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Handy little piece of machinery. 16 Mar. 2014
By Friction Space - Published on Amazon.com
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The drill kit needs to be assembled by you. So take your time and DO NOT lose any of the tiny orange plastic washers on the carpet or your drill will be worthless. I spent a week looking for one tiny little part, and when I finally found it I was overjoyed, I could finally finish assembling my drill. You might want to keep extra grease handy, the tube of grease supplied with the kit seems skimpy but is just enough to complete the build.

The drill is handy for model kit builders because the low rpm will not melt polystyrene. Yet is fast enough to drill holes in wood and small metal sheeting. Very cool.

It has a nice little on/off locking switch behind the trigger that is reliable and easy to operate, preventing the battery from accidentally draining.

You'll want to also pick up the fine drill bit set from Tamiya.

FYI, the Dremel 4486 keyless Chuck does NOT fit this drill. This is still a fine drill.
It really does work! No fooling! 8 Mar. 2013
By Steve H - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read other reviews and decided to 'pull the trigger' on this item, and not only does it work, it works really well. It's amazing.

It's not a hard-core mini drill, you won't throw away your Dremel, but if your model kit work area is limited or you only do a little drilling once in a while, it's an amazing tool. It's perfect for things like drilling out cannon barrels or holes to thread fiber optic thru for lighting.

Yes, it's a kit. Yes, the instructions are both crystal-clear and a little obtuse in that way Japanese kit instructions can be. I would suggest laying all the parts out carefully and double-check each one as you go. Careful assembly should average under an hour, some of that depending on how much you want to clean up the pour stubs after removing parts from the trees.

Make sure you apply the included gear grease liberally, the gears seems to be of the 'self lube plastic' type but the grease helps with keeping the noise down.

It seems to have standard collets, I'm going to dig thru my parts bin and see if I have larger sizes, then I could use some Dremel bits and also have a nice grinder or light router. I suspect the router version of this is just the same kit with a different sticker and collets.

You know, this could be a very educational 'parent/child' thing, helping with the build and learning about gear ratios.

The only potential drawback is, this doesn't have a reverse switch. If your drill bit hangs up you're not going to be able to back it out...unless...wait..OK, if you reverse the batteries, you bypass the 'on' switch and the motor runs in reverse. interesting! That might not be a good idea but it might come in handy someday.

Some functional things. The handle is a bit small, and can be uncomfortable with long use. Getting the batteries out of the grip is a bit tricky, you'll need a lever of some sort. You'll want to take the batteries out if you're not going to use it for longer than a week, just to be safe. There is no way to lock the trigger down so it stays on, you'll need to use a velcro tie or something if you need to do that.

All in all, for the price, it's a nice thing to have in your model kit toolbox.
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