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  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 8:33 AM

tankboy51

Mine is in a cool, full, basement, in low humidity state.

 

Ditto

I have a walkout basement, which prevents buildup of humidity.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, June 10, 2019 4:17 PM

GMorrison

Sheds can wreck stashes.

 

Mine have been packed in my garage/storage unit for a little over a year,its well made,dry,boxes are on pallets.Gets warm but not oven like,really didnt have a lot of choices,hoping for the best when I finally move and unpack them.My completed builds are also stored,anxious to unpack them,probably be another 3-4 months

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  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Monday, June 10, 2019 2:51 PM

Mine is in a cool, full, basement, in low humidity state.

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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, June 10, 2019 1:28 PM

Sounds like a good reason not to build up a huge stash.

 

 

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, June 10, 2019 9:51 AM

Okay!

 Who's gonna clean that oven?

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, June 10, 2019 9:04 AM

GMorrison

Sheds can wreck stashes.

So can attics. Super Angry

All those dark-colored shingles to suck up every BTU of solar radiation. Popping them in the toaster-oven would be quicker!

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 10, 2019 8:46 AM

Sheds can wreck stashes.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, June 10, 2019 8:18 AM

Clear parts may be acrylic plastic rather than styrene.  Acrylic is a harder, more brittle plastic than styrene by nature.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Heat and Models .
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, June 09, 2019 1:08 PM

Hi Ya'll ;

    I know we've talked about this before. This is an update I thought of after I read the latest Scale Talk . I did some further research, and discovered some interesting things about this . 

    Here's the findings from my stash and storage shed . I did mention before about an Airfix " E " boat that was an odd color . As you ship builders know this kit early on was almost a light pearl grey in color . Mine was a very brittle grey-green .

     Now checking some older models of another type I was surprised to find a piece of armor , supposedly molded in Desert Tan. It was a deep Caramel Brown!. Same with a motor vehicle molded in Cream. It turned a real pale Muddy Yellow .

 Now here's the twist. The models molded in Silver or if you will,Aircraft Aluminum, were close to Stainless Steel in color with All panel lines a darkened Steel color .They were also very brittle and the clear parts on everything that had them were very hard and Very Brittle .

 This heating and freezing will change the testure of the plastic in that it will harden or slump ( not Melt ) and measuring it against a new model will confirm this .Slumping naturally occuring in areas that are thicker retaining heat and cold longer .

 In many cases with judicious trimming and sanding,you can still build a beautiful model of any of these .It just takes more patience and perseverance to do so . I personally will buy a model wither unassembled or partially done where this is obvious .If it works fine.If not the parts file box gets fuller .

 The one thing I have learned.Surface prep takes longer because some paints don't want to stick to bare plastic that has been there, done that. So, You do have to prime every part with a good primer .I use Rattle Can Rusteoleum Pearl Grey and I will decant some for finer coats with the airbrush .

      Now ,for those brittle clear parts .If you can get some Crystal CD cases for flat stuff an get Vac-Formed canopies and windshields .You cannot polish the very faint yellowish cast out of aged clear .No matter whose kit it is . That's it for now . Bye T.B.

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