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Old 26-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default Airfix Stingray restoration before and after

still tidying but the bulk of the work done - yes this is the same model

a couple of extremely slight bits of damage getting the bits apart, little flakes of plastic - I'm aiming to get it retouched up to 100%

I'm very lucky, there was so little glue applied there's almost no melt, and the paint seems to have protected it over the years

I used 10a scalpel to work the glued bits apart and was very VERY gentle with it



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Old 26-05-2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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does anybody think it will be ok to use Brasso metal polish on it..? the plastic doesn't appear to have deteriotated at all and is still very springy and flexible

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Old 26-05-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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what is the length of this stingray
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Old 26-05-2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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hi - well its in bits but approx 13 inches

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Old 26-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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does anybody think it will be ok to use Brasso metal polish on it..? the plastic doesn't appear to have deteriotated at all and is still very springy and flexible

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Fresh (i.e. straight out of the tin) maybe a bit aggressive - a better idea is to decant some onto an old cotton T-Shirts, then , once the solvent has evaporated, after a day or so, use the cloth.

Basically, Brasso is a suspension of fine sand in a petroleum based solvent - you want the sand, not the solvent which will damage the plastic.

Another alternative is toothpaste our tooth powder, both of which would be far more gentle
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Old 26-05-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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Stunning clean up job, wicked.
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Old 26-05-2012, 02:13 PM   #7
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thanks - as you can see one of the clear aquasprites is fogged from the 60s - will toothpaste clear it do you think..?

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Fresh (i.e. straight out of the tin) maybe a bit aggressive - a better idea is to decant some onto an old cotton T-Shirts, then , once the solvent has evaporated, after a day or so, use the cloth.

Basically, Brasso is a suspension of fine sand in a petroleum based solvent - you want the sand, not the solvent which will damage the plastic.

Another alternative is toothpaste our tooth powder, both of which would be far more gentle
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Old 26-05-2012, 03:20 PM   #8
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Never ever use Brasso... I tried it once as an experiment and it crazed the plastic, making it very brittle.
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Old 27-05-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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Hey Mike - fantastic job - both on the paintwork and getting her back to a set of parts!

Any chance you could make an impression of the Aquasprite canopies for me before you put her back together?

I am the current guardian of an Airfix Stingray that has been fitted with replacement canopies & whilst they're not bad, I think she would look much better with ones based on the originals

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Old 30-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #10
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hi Tel - sure yeah if I can figure out how to do it


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Hey Mike - fantastic job - both on the paintwork and getting her back to a set of parts!

Any chance you could make an impression of the Aquasprite canopies for me before you put her back together?

I am the current guardian of an Airfix Stingray that has been fitted with replacement canopies & whilst they're not bad, I think she would look much better with ones based on the originals

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Old 02-06-2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Thanks Mike - that's generous of you.

I'm not sure what'd be best but it'll need to be something soft that you can push the canopy into & remove it again & allow the impression to set hard so I'm thinking plaster of paris or Milliput or that modelling clay that sets at room temp.

If you pm me an address that I could send these to then I'll collect the various bits 'n pieces & post them to you.



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Old 08-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #12
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groovy - its me @

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Serco Solutions - Laburnum House, Laburnum Road, Bournville , Birmingham B30 2BD
That's me for the craft shop tomorrow then ... Top man!
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