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Restoring an old model

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Restoring an old model
Posted by tigerman on Sunday, July 13, 2003 3:46 PM
I thought about trying to salvage an old model by simply repainting and adding a wash to it. Question is: How to remove the decals, and how can you safefly wash the accumilated dust off it. Is this a feasible plan? Thanks for any advice.


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    January 2003
Posted by shermanfreak on Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:02 PM
I have managed to salvage a few old kits in the past, some mine, some given to me by others. Most decals can be removed by light sanding without doing too much damage to the original surface. Dust is fairly easy ..... wash the kit in water and light detergent. Then you should be able to determine if you have to remove the original paint or not and go from there.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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    February 2003
  • From: UK
Posted by gregers on Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:12 PM
Hi Tigerman. Are the decals sealed in with laquer or something? if not you could use tape with a very sticky back to remove it just stick it over the decal rub it down then peel it off. other than that it'll be down to sanding i think. but would decal softener loosen them up so they can be scrapped off? not tried this but it may work. for the dust its down to good old soap and water and a large brush just be careful not to fill the kit with water (done this-not good) it took ages for the condensation to clear from the transparencies. Hope this helps . just a note . I have restored about six hard to find kits but have stripped them down to component parts as much as i could without ruining them and started the kits from scratch i find this the best method for me....Greg
Why torture yourself when life will do it for you?
  • Member since
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  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 6:03 PM
Thanks for replying. No the decals were not sealed with anything. This was one of my older kits, but on close exam, I concluded that I might be able to salvage it at little cost. I mean $40-50 kits add up don't they? Now if only I could finish that M1....


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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:47 PM
This is something new to me... i learn something today..
thanks Robert for the ideas on how to remove decals...
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    June 2003
Posted by gbarnes on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 9:22 PM
I used a stupid method on an original Godzilla model; it worked and I would NOT recommend it. I sat in a lawn chair with a garden hose and a can of gasoline. I ran the water continuously as I applied gas and the paint came off in a few minutes with scrubbing. Then I wondered if my skin would come off from the red color and pain. After my hands healed, I refinished the model.

After I grew a bit older and hopefully less stupid (I don't believe I'll ever be able to say I am wiser), I reclaimed an Aurora Lockheed XFV-1 by careful sanding and using Microsol on the decals. I polished the canopy with fine sandpaper and finished up with toothpaste on a cloth, and rebuilt the broken tail with thick sheet plastic that I sanded to shape and scribed. Its not a show winner, but its one that I truely love!

Just build a model for the FUN of it!

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