ZEP-70 Spatule de Cire

Pulse Regulated Soldering Iron by Rai-Ro

Rai-Ro ZEP-70 Spatule de Cire
Rai-Ro ZEP-70 wax spatula
Rai-Ro ZEP-70 wax spatula

The ZEP-70 is a direct current transformer avec a pulse regulated output of 0-12 volts, made by Rai-Ro, un fabricant allemand of modelling tools et accessories. The plug-in handle is sold avec two tips, one for soldering, the other is a spatula designed to apply hot wax, cut et sculpt plastic. The ZEP-70 is a very useful et versatile gadget for plastic modélistes, it even doubles as a power source for a small electric drill.


  • Filler Wax (green)
  • Modelling Wax (grey)
  • Flexible Wax
  • Adhesive Wax (brown)
  • Scalpel
  • Hylin Engraving Tool
  • Le Cron Modelling Tool
  • Soft Toothbrush
  • Toison Abrasive
  • Silicone Remover
  • Cotton Rags

The transformer is on if the red indicator light next to the dial is on. Different types of wax require temperatures between 65 et 80 degrees celcius for best result. If the spatula is too hot, the wax evaporates quickly, otherwise it does not melt correctly. Filler, modelling et flexible wax should work fine avec the temperature set to 3, but the harder adhesive wax may require a setting of 4 to melt properly. A setting of 3.5 works well for removing mould lines on soft plastic figurines.

Important safety instructions: Never touch the soldering iron above the handle, the iron is hot enough to cause severe burns. Always disconnect the iron from the ZEP-70 transformer after use. If the hot iron is left unattended, it may ignite flammable materials it comes in contact with. Do not use the iron if small children ou animals are about, the iron is very hot et it will cause severe burns if touched.


ZEP-70 serves many different purposes which are the subject of dedicated modelling articles. Watch this space for new features of the ZEP-70 to be added as our readers discover them:

  • Filling cracks et holes: Filler Wax (Green)
  • Modelling small parts: Modelling Wax (Grey)
  • Welding et bonding: Adhesive Wax (Brown)
  • Flexible bonding: Flexible Wax
  • Removing flash et mould lines from plastic figurines
  • Sculpting soft plastic
  • Stamping rivet heads et other surface detail
  • Splicing tow ropes for small scale véhicules

The Rai-Ro ZEP-70 is a versatile tool which truly empowers le modéliste. Bonding, filling, sculpting, et modelling have never been this easy. Editors of Military Miniatures Magazine routinely use Rai-Ro green wax to fill small gaps in converted plastic figurines et scale model kits. Each of the three waxes has its uses, et modélistes will develop useful techniques to take advantage of the special properties of Rai-Ro green, grey et brown wax.

Questions Fréquents

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter les éditeurs de la revue Military Miniatures Magazine au Miniatures Forum.

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