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Ahead of a move next year (hence my recent decorating spree), I’ve started the long (and completely boring) task of reattaching my diecasts to their bases. It’s a lot fiddler than taking them off, that’s for sure, especially when there are a couple of attaching plates. For instance, my Norev R5 GT Turbo and I had strongly opposing views as to how it was going back on its base. Noting its recalcitrance, I’ve made a mental note to shove it as far back in a storage area as I can once I’ve moved.

These two things amused me. I noticed my white Aa Toyota GT86 had a code label that was peeling. Curious to see what was underneath, I peeled it off to see the original label for an orange GT. Either I’ve got the wrong box, or the wrong diecast.

I was also amused by the ‘best before’ date on the XJS. I’d not noticed that before. I didn’t know diecasts could go off :)

That’s ten diecasts now safely repacked. I’ve only got about another 120 to go…

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If you are really thorough, you would have kept those round clear stickers they used to keep opening parts shut and methodically place each and every one of them back in their original positions.
Maybe you should put it in the freezer to keep it "fresh"! (Oops, I see that it's already stale and "expired"! Oh well ........) :cry:
Freezer storage is the biggest instigator of zinc pest. So I've heard the rumor...
 

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If you are really thorough, you would have kept those round clear stickers they used to keep opening parts shut and methodically place each and every one of them back in their original positions.
I know you're joking, but I actually tried that myself and it's no use, they never stick back properly again. :oops:

However you can actually buy new ones:



https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Packaging-Self-Adhesive-Stickers-Envelope-Transparent/dp/B07TKHZ1TY/ref=sr_1_9?crid=261V523XFIUVF&keywords=runde+durchsichtige+aufkleber&qid=1663807899&sprefix=round+clear+stickers,aps,60&sr=8-9&th=1




I have seen models wrapped in bubble wrap experience paint issues and clear plastic melt.
I can confirm that bubblewrap damages paint, it happened to an old Bburago - the bubbles got imprinted on the paint and no amount of polishing removed it.
 

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I would use small strips of hobby masking tape to hold down loose doors etc.
It is designed to avoid leaving any residue on the paint.
From what I've experienced, hobby tape doesn't hold well during transport for the very fact it's designed to come off easy (as a masking tape should), and especially if the model has been polished. A good "shake test" should reveal that.

Tape residue caused by those round plastic stickers only occurs if left for years. For example, I mostly found that issue on old and NRFB models from UT and AutoArt, but carnauba wax removes glue residue easily.
 

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Thanks again, folks. They will only be travelling in the van for an hour or so, so hopefully it should be a pretty gentle journey for them. Can’t be any worse than the one they were subjected to when DHL delivered them :)
 

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I feel for you. At my old house I used to change out my displays as I had limited area and after the second or third time I stopped as I realized how time consuming it was. When we moved I had about 40 to repack and it took forever (especially as we ending up having a short time to get out). Once I built the shelves here, I was surprised how long it took to unpack them. I’m never moving again as I’m never packing them up again😜

My move was easy so I didn’t need to secure many doors etc but I did have a few that I bought that had painters tape holding the parts closed and it worked well - at least for the short time they were being shipped.

best of luck wrapping them all up and keep a baggie handy for the inevitable mirrors etc that will fall off. I still have a set of light that I’ve no idea what it came from….
 

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I feel for you. At my old house I used to change out my displays as I had limited area and after the second or third time I stopped as I realized how time consuming it was. When we moved I had about 40 to repack and it took forever (especially as we ending up having a short time to get out). Once I built the shelves here, I was surprised how long it took to unpack them. I’m never moving again as I’m never packing them up again😜

My move was easy so I didn’t need to secure many doors etc but I did have a few that I bought that had painters tape holding the parts closed and it worked well - at least for the short time they were being shipped.

best of luck wrapping them all up and keep a baggie handy for the inevitable mirrors etc that will fall off. I still have a set of light that I’ve no idea what it came from….
Cheers, bro. I’ll be careful. Promise :)
 
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