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Old 05-01-2021, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, hope everyone is doing well, and keeping safe.
Today's video is about how I deep clean my airplane models off of dust and dirt.
I have used 3 models of different scales (1/200, 1/400 and 1/72) to demonstrate in detail the steps and techniques I use to clean my aircraft models. It covers areas that see a lot of dust accumulation such as the wing joints, engines, grooves, etc.
I hope you find this video helpful for cleaning your own models.

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Old 05-01-2021, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine never need cleaning........
Since they never left their boxes
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those special brushes used to clean would have disappeared from my boxes in a few minutes and god knows what type of questions i would have faced. But the fact remains those brushes are very good for dusting the small models and around the antennas
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this i what i normally use
It is blower and duster but you have to squeeze for air blowing part. just enough and gentle enough to blow the dust particles out during dusting.

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Great info. I use a swiffer, in the Netherlands, but always use the swiffer from nose to tail. It is one of those magnetic / electric things which attract the dust.

I do not understand the collectors who do not display them.. why buy them?

I have mine displayed but no direct sunlight on them ever.


I would advise to use PLASTIC tools... not metal.. not to scratch.
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those special brushes used to clean would have disappeared from my boxes in a few minutes and god knows what type of questions i would have faced
lol lol lol
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Thanks Saif for this interesting video.
We definitely need more of this stuff !

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Great info. I use a swiffer, in the Netherlands, but always use the swiffer from nose to tail. It is one of those magnetic / electric things which attract the dust.

I do not understand the collectors who do not display them.. why buy them?

I have mine displayed but no direct sunlight on them ever.


I would advise to use PLASTIC tools... not metal.. not to scratch.
I’ll definitely try pick up one of these ‘swiffers’.
Absolutely agree, why collect if they’re just gonna sit inside boxes.
Yes, with the metal tweezers I am very careful in keeping a safe distance so as to avoid any body contact that can result in scratches.

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Thanks Saif for this interesting video.
We definitely need more of this stuff !

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Also, soaking the model (especially polished models) in warm water & dish soap for a short period of time, then rinse after you receive it protects the clear coat from discoloring or causing oxidation. Use compressed air & a soft cloth to dry. This procedure removes any oils that are on the model after production. I suspect all of you have received models on which there are fingerprints & an oily residue, which can be so bad at times that the plastic film the manufacturers place between the model & the cradle is stuck to the fuselage.

I know this sounds crazy, but it does work.

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any recommendation ? my Sabena 1/200 B727
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I use compressed air and a swiffer.
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Also, soaking the model (especially polished models) in warm water & dish soap for a short period of time....
I don't wash my models like you do, but I do something similar.
Have you seen the movie "My big fat greek wedding"? I do like Gus Portokalos: Put some Windex on it.

I use glass cleaner to get rid of the oily layer.
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Thanks Saif for this interesting video.
We definitely need more of this stuff !

Cheers, Deephalo
I agree. I think we've got the acquisition and speculation part of the hobby pretty well covered in these chats It's nice to see a "Now that I have these pets, how do I care for them?" discussion too

This is great stuff @saif380!
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any recommendation ? my Sabena 1/200 B727
I’d suggest you try adding some baking soda to water to make a paste, and using a toothbrush, rub the affected area and see if shows any improvement.

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We definitely need more of this stuff !

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I agree. I think we've got the acquisition and speculation part of the hobby pretty well covered in these chats [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG] It's nice to see a "Now that I have these pets, how do I care for them?" discussion too [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/IMG]

This is great stuff @saif380!
Haha very well put. Thank you so much for watching.
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Also, soaking the model (especially polished models) in warm water & dish soap for a short period of time, then rinse after you receive it protects the clear coat from discoloring or causing oxidation. Use compressed air & a soft cloth to dry. This procedure removes any oils that are on the model after production. I suspect all of you have received models on which there are fingerprints & an oily residue, which can be so bad at times that the plastic film the manufacturers place between the model & the cradle is stuck to the fuselage.

I know this sounds crazy, but it does work.
OMG!!! I would never thought of that. Even wiping them is done very gently.

What exactly can oxidation be prevented. My models are inna glass display unit so don't need much dusting.
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OMG!!! I would never thought of that. Even wiping them is done very gently.

What exactly can oxidation be prevented. My models are inna glass display unit so don't need much dusting.
The OP posted this same video to Moin's Facebook group I sent you a link to a week or so ago. My above suggestion was gleened from another Facebook group member who does this. It was recommended to him by some retailers. He stated he has not had a single model tarnish, not even his original G200 AA B722 which is typically badly oxidised. It's a gleaming brillliant bare metal. I don't do this on my models because I have no bare metal models.

And of course, plastic & resin models are easy to clean, especially if they're snap-fit. Another bonus for collecting plastic/resin models. None of this having to use cotton swabs, cotton balls with tweezers, etc. to get around parts that may break off.

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Very helpful video there I too use a similar method, many thanks for sharing
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Very helpful video there I too use a similar method, many thanks for sharing
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The OP posted this same video to Moin's Facebook group I sent you a link to a week or so ago. My above suggestion was gleened from another Facebook group member who does this. It was recommended to him by some retailers. He stated he has not had a single model tarnish, not even his original G200 AA B722 which is typically badly oxidised. It's a gleaming brillliant bare metal. I don't do this on my models because I have no bare metal models.

And of course, plastic & resin models are easy to clean, especially if they're snap-fit. Another bonus for collecting plastic/resin models. None of this having to use cotton swabs, cotton balls with tweezers, etc. to get around parts that may break off.
This is great info! The biggest part of my collection is AA models, and of course almost all of them are polished metal until the livery changed in 2013. My Inflight 200 AA Convair 990 and BAC-1-11 and Herpa 727-100 lightning bolt livery look terrible, and I didn’t know what to do with them. I also have some models of aircraft that have a polished belly and they have the same problem. I never would have thought about doing something like that. The other suggestion about Windex, I’m not too sure, but also worth a try. These models that look bad couldn’t look any worse!
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