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I bought some models for a fellow collector that smokes and I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to get rid of the smell. Granted, they do not smell that bad unless you put your nose right up to it. Also, I knew when I bought them about the smell as it was disclosed to me.
I have bought some in the past that I could not be in the same room with because they smelled bad. After the model sat in the attic for a year, the smell went away :giggle but I don't want to do that with these.

TIA! :cheers
 
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I had a problem with a Maisto CLK-GTR sometime ago, it wasn't a smoke smell it was a cheese smell. Don't ask me, when I asked him about he gave me some off the wall story and I just walked away saying ok :lol

I soaked the model in hot soapy water for a few hours until the smell disapated. It never left, but wasn't as strong. I eventually parted it out for some custom models.
 
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If it was my model I would strip it down and clean each individual part. Submerging the model in warm soapy water isn't a good idea. I remember a thread LUW posted a few months back about 'bubbling' paint caused by exposure to water.

Darrick - I've never heard of a cheesy smelling model before! I would have loved to hear the mans explanation of it. :giggle

:cheers
 

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I'd try baking soda myself (like that Cow Brand stuff if you're in North America). If you can put the car & an open box of that stuff in a closed/tight space, the soda should soak up the smell. Usually when the fridge gets really nasty smelling, folks place an opened box of that stuff in tehre for a few days to soak up the smell.
 

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Thanks for the tips! :cheers These are AAs and GMPs, so they have carpet, so soaking them is not an option and I have not taken one appart yet. I will try the baking soda in a sealed 3-gallon Zip-lock. That's a great idea Felix, we have them in our refrigerators at home. Does the baking soda emit anything that will react with the diecast metal? :confused
 
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Al,

Let us know how the baking soda works.

As for the cheese story, I won't insult your intelligence by telling it. :lol
 

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Hmmm....I used to make rockets with.....real rocket engines using solid propellant. :giggle :giggle I almost got myself into some trouble after I unwrapped the propellant and started grinding up the stuff to make....oh, never mind. :giggle
 

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I have received diecasts that way before. These were a group of motorcycles I purchased. They were the worst I have ever seen. In fact, the white portions had completely turned yellow as a result of the smoke, and the smell was really incredible.

Good luck, Al!
 
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