The Small Shop

The "BUG" RTH Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool

Product # SMS002

Product Article by Steve Bamford on June 21 2021


This Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop is the The "BUG" RTH Hold and Fold.  Loaded with Features in a Tight little Package! Perfect for close-up work! Little bends are no problem when using the "Bug"!   

Features of this tool:

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • 2” X 2 ˝” Base with a Full 2” Square Tool Head

  • Small but Mighty – this baby is Fully LOADED with Features

  • Designed for fine gauged PE found in 1:700 scale ship sets

  • Great for small PE in 1:350 ship or 1:72 & 1:48 aircraft scales!

  • Top choice for N and Z scale Railroad Modelers

  • Easily fits in the hand! Get up-close & personal with your PE!

  • Use all four sides of the tool-head never remove the Knob!

  • Spring-loaded Rotating Tool Head (RTH). Easily repositioned to use any edge.

  • Swiss Comb edge for faster boxes

  • Power Wedges for bending Thick Brass & More

  • 10 Micro-bending beams for Grab Handles in wire or flat brass

  • Head & Base are machined from aircraft grade aluminum.

  • Instructions and folding blade included.

  • Photos using the Bug provided by José Brito.

  • Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.


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Above photos by José Brito

Please Note: Reviews on the Perth Military website are of tools manufactured by the Small Shop Europe (no longer in business).
Our tools do not have "micro-thin" edges.

Rick Lawler uses our SMS002 Bug and SMS004 5 Speed on his Propaganda website Soldering – Tips and Tricks.

Excellent review of the Bug on - November 30, 2011.

Carl T uses the Bug to fold the photo etch for his online build of the Sikorsky S-16 & Spad S.A-4.- February 18, 2011

Review on IPMS USA by Pablo Bauleo - September 25, 2009.

James Bella reviews "The Bug" on Armorama - over 20 photos with tips.

Saul Garcia reviews the Bug on Track-Link.

More information can be found on their FAQ page.

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  • Model: SMS002

  • Shipping Weight: 0.5lbs

  • Manufactured by: The Small Shop - Kalama, WA

Above photo by José Brito

I've been a fan of the The Small Shop products since I got my first Hold and Fold long ago.  They are a family run business that make very high quality product.  They also carry a variety of other scale modeling tools by other manufacturers.

Click this link for other Photo Etch Workstations.

All their products are made in the USA.

You can purchase this and other quality scale modeling tools directly from The Small Shop or from the many retailers that carry their products.  

Steve Bamford


Photos and text © by Steve Bamford