The Small Shop

The Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets

Product # SMS009

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Oct 12 2021


This tool from The Small Shop is the Nutter Set - Scale Model Nuts & Rivets.  The Nutter - A Revolution in Ultra Detailing! 

Features of this tool:

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • Main Tool - CNC Machined HG Aluminum Hard Anodized Finish

  • *Tri-foil for consistent results - Nutter includes one 6" x 6" sheet. Also sold separately, Tri-Foil

  • Firm rubber works with the foil for constant accurate shapes

  • Hex Nut tips 0.5mm 1.0mm and 1.5mm

  • Rivet tips 0.25mm 0.5mm 0.75mm 1.0mm

  • Seven sizes of recessed areas to make Headlamp Lens Reflectors 2-8mm

  • Steel probe handle with Black Oxide Finish for weight and durability

  • Tip Storage unit (holds 7 tips) keeps tips safe & organized


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Can the Nutter be used with other materials?

  • While styrene or other sheet goods could possibly be used, it's unlikely that they'd produce anywhere near as crisp of an edge as is possible with our foil. And since damage the tool tip would likely occur quickly unless one were to exercise exceptionally conservative judgement when testing on any new materials, we have not tested the product on other materials since the sheer number of possible candidates and their varying mechanical properties are nearly unlimited.

December 17, 2012 YouTube Video by Scott Girvan featuring the Nutter

July 22, 2010 -
Review on Scale Plastic and Rail

The Nutter was used by Charles Reading to build
Zevzda's ZIS-151 in 1:35 scale.

*Tri-foil contains a central lead core. The same precautions should be used as when working with any lead bearing substance, even though very little actual contact with lead is expected due to the protective outer layer on each side.

Precautions to be taken in handling and storing:

Avoid inhalation of dust or fumes in concentrations above OSHA limits. Avoid accidental ingestion by using good personal hygiene practices. Wash thoroughly before eating or smoking if lead has been handled. Keep your work area clean and properly dispose of any unusable material. 

More information can be found on their
FAQ page.

  • Model: SMS009

  • Shipping Weight: 1lbs

  • Manufactured by: The Small Shop - Kalama, WA

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.

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.  

Please check their Authorized Dealer's page for more ordering choices.

Steve Bamford


Photos and text by Steve Bamford