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Old 24-05-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Aifrix Stingray: oven cleaner + freezer..?

hi everyone I have started on my airfix stingray and it is going well

the black enamel paint - which I thought would be tough to remove - falls off like paper

so 2 questions:

1 - will the oven cleaner fog the clear window parts..?

2 - some bits are still glued together, can I put it in the deep freeze to attack the glue - its been very sparingly applied which is why the kit fell apart in the first place

cheers in advance

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Old 25-05-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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I've never tried oven cleaner on clear parts so I can't say for sure whether they would fog or not. I would say not, but what do others say?

Glad to know the deconstruction is going well... I'm sure 99.9% of us are jealous (the other 0.1% probably own one already )
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Old 25-05-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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hi - I usde oven cleaner in the end and no fogging

45 year old paint flaked off like tissue paper, it was amazing to behold

the revealed surface of the model looks like it was made last week - the paint has actually protected it all these years

some parts were still glued together but so little glue was used originally that I have been able to very carefully scalpel them apart

there is almost no glue residue on it at all and only minimal little chips missing here and there - it will polish up to near mint condition I reckon

I'm definitely going to make a repro box and will probably distress and age it, bung some selotape on etc, and get some old sprue to complete the illusion - happy days

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Are you going to build it or keep the parts (and sprue lol) in the repro box?

Try to make up an early Airfix box using the original image... as if it had been issued as a normal Airfix Series 3 kit.
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Old 25-05-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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Are you going to build it or keep the parts (and sprue lol) in the repro box?

Try to make up an early Airfix box using the original image... as if it had been issued as a normal Airfix Series 3 kit.
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Old 25-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #6
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oh I'm definitely going to leave it disassembled, I don't think there can be more than a handful of component ones can there..?

yeah I could also do a Red-Stripe box for it for a hoot, do some photoshop work to mimic Roy Cross style - I could do it to match the Angel box in look-feel
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Old 25-05-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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How long is the Airfix Stingray? From the way the hull is assembled it looks to be around a foot long, making it even more desirable.
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Old 25-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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yeah its about a foot long

retro-future I love it

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Old 25-05-2012, 11:56 AM   #9
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Nice size... defo a Series 3 model I think.

You a retro-future fan too? Great! I think that's part of the reason why I love the Supermarionation series - they show us what the future would have looked like from a 60s perspective. Love it.
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Old 25-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #10
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yeah - you've got 2 things going on with the Airfix Stingray:

1 - a 50 year old view of the year 2060

2 - the actual manufacturing of the kit ie the way its been tooled by a 1965 engineer

the actual design of the Stingray sub is genius, a 20th century design classic I reckon


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Nice size... defo a Series 3 model I think.

You a retro-future fan too? Great! I think that's part of the reason why I love the Supermarionation series - they show us what the future would have looked like from a 60s perspective. Love it.
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Old 25-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #11
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It's like some of the older car kits by Frog, which had more parts than necessary.

The decision to assemble the main hull from multiple parts is a strange choice, but I suppose it ensures that longer parts aren't so twisted... like the last HMS Victorious I tried to build.
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