The Small Shop

4" Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool Mk IV

Product # SMS003

Product Article by Steve Bamford on July 19 2021


This Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop is the 4" Hold and Fold Photo Etch Bending Tool 4" Mk IV RTH. 

Features of this tool:

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • 4” Folding blade in safety case $3.49 value included!

  • Especially effective in 1:35 and 1:48 scales armor scales

  • 1:24 and 1:43 scale autos

  • 1:32 and 1:48 scale aircraft

  • Three levels (1/16, 1/8, 1/4) to allow channel folding.

  • Two sides are beveled for sharp folds to 135°

  • Cut-Outs reach into Photo Etch parts for complex folds.

  • Very effective on large box/pan shapes

  • Excellent for any type or scale of Photo Etch less than 4"long

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

  • Head & Base are machined from aircraft grade aluminum.

  • Head hard anodized clear.

  • Base hard anodized black for excellent contrast.

  • Never need to Remove the KNOB!!!!!

  • Instructions and small folding blade included.

  • Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.


April 4, 2014 - A wealth of information on building in 1:48 scale aka quarter inch scale. Gene is now using our 4" Hold & Fold for his photo etch needs. Thank you for purchasing our 4" Hold & Fold and for the wonderful blog!

July 20, 2011 -
Excellent review of 4" Hold & Fold on by Mike.

September 6, 2010 -
Excellent review of 4" Hold & Fold on IPMS - RIO by Flavio “fravin” Fernandes

June 13, 2010 - Amazing In Progress Build of a 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster. RAF Squadron 101 by Aircraft Resource Center member Chuck540z3. Chuck is using the
4" Hold & Fold for folding long brackets & hinges. Excellent photos!

Gary Wickham of Australia is using one of the very first models of the
4" Hold and Fold to fold Eduard flaps on his Hasegawa 1:48 scale USAAF P-400 Airacobra. According to Gary, "when working with PE, it is invaluable."

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  • Model: SMS003

  • Shipping Weight: 0.75lbs

  • 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.  

Steve Bamford


Photos and text © by Steve Bamford