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bridget midget the return10 Sep 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Well nearly. The latest episode in my ongoing discovery of my childhood plastic soldier collection continues following The final Shelf of discovery Part II (http://andyspaintingbureau.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/gr-iii-final-shelf-of-discovery-part-2.html) and a comment about not actually seeing much of the little guys I have started to open the boxes and give everything their first peak of light in over 20 years. Go check it out here: link

cavcrazy10 Sep 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

I love the smell of plastic soldiers, they totally take me back to childhood.

bridget midget the return10 Sep 2017 10:25 a.m. PST

You'd be ODing in my garage at the moment then Cav

Hornswoggler10 Sep 2017 6:41 p.m. PST

I love looking at hoards of old stuff like yours…! :o)

Cleaned out my own pile of plastic last year with ~700 unpainted Napoleonics being sent off to a new owner. The oldest Airfix were at least 45 yrs old.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 5:22 a.m. PST

Every so often I find a box of old Airfix figures, but they are very brittle. Break at ankle, heads and arms snap off. These are from 60's and 70's.

Hornswoggler11 Sep 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

Every so often I find a box of old Airfix figures, but they are very brittle. Break at ankle, heads and arms snap off. These are from 60's and 70's.

I've often read about this. For me it has only ever happened to some v1 Afrika Korps from the 60s and I do have quite a few very old Airfix figures. But I can't remember it happening to any painted figures. Maybe storage and/or washing before storing is a factor?

Andy ONeill12 Sep 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

Maybe paint keeps the plasticiser in. I wouldn't have thought that bendy vinyl stuff was unstable though.

Andy ONeill12 Sep 2017 3:48 a.m. PST

Maybe paint keeps the plasticiser in. I wouldn't have thought that bendy vinyl stuff was unstable though.

bridget midget the return12 Sep 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Everything I've opened so far seems ok, but then I don't have anything of quite the vintage of Bob's stuff. I think it's pretty much all early and mid 1980s.

Hornswoggler12 Sep 2017 10:24 p.m. PST

I don't think plastic rot affected any figures from the style of boxes I saw on your blog. IIRC it was mostly older sets in the old "window" style boxes and yellow plastic.

But like the rot caused by the vinyl tracks in some AFV model kits, it seems to be quite unpredictable…

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

But like the rot caused by the vinyl tracks in some AFV model kits, it seems to be quite unpredictable and

Iīll second that. Itīs unpredictable as to which sets get plastic rot and which ones donīt. Iīve got airfix sets from the 1960īs, in all their colour variants. Some painted some not. Wether painted or not Some are still flexible, some like hard cheese.
Age of the sets? Not that either. An unpainted set of swiss infantry (Miniart) made in 2006 also suffered from plastic rot. …same tell tale smell, broke off at the ankles and mild pressure made them snap in half and they are made of fairly hard silver plastic.

number413 Sep 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

I love the smell of plastic soldiers………..

Smells like VICTORY! :)

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