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Hi All.   I am considering buying a “ Razor Saw” ,so that I can have a go at “ cut and shut “ . But since I had my I/ D stolen I am loathe to buy off the likes of Fleabay . I have found my local Hobbycraft brand is a twenty minute bus ride away, so no P and P, no debit card details no waiting for the postie marvellous .But the big Question,  how are Hobbycraft on price and quality ??? Best wishes. Kevin



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The wife and I use Hobbycraft regularly and have had no problems to date. Bareing in mind you get what you pay for, Anything I have bought tool wise has 'done the job'     
  As for the bay and other internet shops I use a Paypal account and have never yet had a problem, more and more places now offer Paypal as an option. Its quick and easy and saves having to give your card details out to unkown companies. If the seller doesn't use paypal then I just dont buy
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Hi Matt.  Thank you. I will pop down to Hobbycraft and see what they have.  I had a Pay Pal account at the time , and don’t know what went wrong. The first thing I knew about it was  when I received a Demand from “ Previously Unheard of Mobile Co “. I can only assume that someone had got my details and tried their luck.Best wishes. Kevin 



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https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/modelcraft-universal-razor-saw/569370-1000
They do stock one, Just ask the staff if you cant find it, we always find then very helpful. They do stock a fair range of bits and bobs useful to us modelars but also its worth having a good look round as they cater for a wide range of hobbies so you find useful items all over the store in different areas

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I find Hobby craft tends towards expensive, if you have a branch of "The Range" nearby their Hobbies  & Arts & Crafts sections are very good for paints and brushes, card, adhesives, small tools, etc, nothing specifically railway modelling but stuff that is common to many activities. 

Browsing in shop can turn up all sorts of things, how about 9M of fine wire  (SWG 20, 24, 28 or 34) for £1 compare that to hand rail wire from  an N gauge supplier 4x120mm £2.20, or for 00 gauge 10x300mm pieces £2.95

https://www.therange.co.uk/hobbies-crafts/hobbies/jewellery-making-supplies/cords-and-wires/trimits-beading-wire

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http://www.clag.org.uk/swg.html



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Hi Kevin,

Don't forget a decent mitre box, as without one, the piece you are cutting is in danger, as well as yourself. The mitre box also needs to be securely fixed to something solid, so best to plan ahead and be safe.

Cut and shunt can be great fun though, once you master the technique, so start on something simple and have fun.

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Hi Mike. Thank you for your reply. To be honest I haven’t seen that company local, but, i will ask around, or  google them.   Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Bill.  Thank you for your reply. That is very sensible advice, safety first, everytime . Best wishes Kevin 



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Never really thought of the Range for hobby stuff Mike I'll have to see where our nearest one is  :thumbs

Edit. . . They took over the old Homebase site just round the corner from Hobby craft ,  who knew !
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Hi Matt. I googled Range, and found one on a local bus route. I had never heard of them before. Best wishes. Kevin



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