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Old 10-10-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Repair and Cleaning Basics

I am fairly new to collecting diecast models and have about 90 planes in my collection.

Several of them have loose landing gear, tail fins, etc., and I am wondering what you all would recommend as the best adhesive.

Also, any suggestions on how to clean my collection without causing additional damage would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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I use superglue to repair my models.

As for cleaning, I generally use a feather duster. Try to have one set aside only for dusting models so it's not filled with general household dirt and grime.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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I use superglue to repair my models.

As for cleaning, I generally use a feather duster. Try to have one set aside only for dusting models so it's not filled with general household dirt and grime.
I have used "superglue" and (unfortunately) have suffered the consequences of runs, drips and ooops' ...

Unless you can absolutely ensure that no glue will runoff onto another unwanted area ... I suggest you stick with a milder adhesive (superglue WILL damage the finish) ... suck as "elmers" (white glue) ... or I have even used a hot glue gun & glue sticks ...

Cleaning ? ... there are many other threads that have been posted over time with peoples various methods of cleaning ... recently after someone on one of the forums suggested it, I convinced my wife to part with one of her broad makeup brushes ... it seems to do a pretty good job of it too ... I also keep a few compressed air cans around for battling the dust bunnies ... (plus they are fun with propellers too !!).

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There's nothing like some good-old epoxy. The bond is strong and practically permanent. The consistency is stable enough to stay in the place long enough to remain in place while handling the pice and setting in in place. It also helps the piece stay as set better because it is dense. The only thing you have to watch out for is for the common fibers of glue due to it's gooey consistency. But epoxy is pretty manageable.

As far as dust is concerned, light dust is always removed with a feather duster. My models are never under heavy dust fall or liquids with any solids so water and soap should never be needed.
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I have used "superglue" and (unfortunately) have suffered the consequences of runs, drips and ooops' ...

Unless you can absolutely ensure that no glue will runoff onto another unwanted area ...
Y'know, Buddy, SuperGlue also comes in a gel form. Never had a problem with that...just make sure your hands are clean so you don't leave fingerprints that the glue fumes will bond to.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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I've learned my lesson with superglue. That ***** gets everywhere. Maybe the gel form is better.

I just got some Braniff 707's in a few weeks ago with loose vertical stabs, and a tiny bit of classic Elmer's glue worked perfect.
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If you have an Ikea this is all you need to clean you models of dust:

MÅLA Paintbrush, set of 6 - IKEA

I mean you could easily get similar brushes at other stores, I just saw those at Ikea when shopping and picked them up. Couldnt ask for more for under $2.

Thats all I use for dust, they are perfect. As for glue, super glue is fine, just use tooth picks to apply if you are heavy handed.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:10 AM   #8
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I would recommend a 12mm paint brush for dust. Does a good job.
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