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How To Care For Your Model Truck

Aug 13, 2008
Building model trucks is seeing a slow decline in its followers. Having been extremely popular in the fifties, sixties, and seventies by the eighties it began to be replaced by the video game revolution and the new music television revolution. New youngsters did not have time for the same hobbies that their parents did. The old generation came close to fading away but did not disappear entirely. Now there is a new resurgence of the old hobby. New builders and old collectors are both after some of the new models and are snapping them up quickly.

There is one thing that has been forgotten, however. This is that these plastic models still need a bit of upkeep just like the die cast ones do. You need to clean them after they have been sitting for a bit. You should also make sure to clean them well before you actually assemble them too so that they look much better when they are done. By cleaning it properly your model truck will look nice for years to come and will be something that you can be proud to share with your children. Sometimes this can be very difficult to do but if you have to you should just leave yourself a note somewhere that you will find it. Your model will outlast others for years.

The first thing you will want to do is to was your model truck parts well before you remove them from the sprue. You will want to place them in a small container so that you will not lose any of the parts if they happen to fall off. You will want to use lukewarm water to do this so that you will not have any warping to your parts. There can be a residue left behind after being made and this can make it hard for paint to stick to the parts. If you need to get into small areas you can use a small brush such as a soft bristle toothbrush to do the trick. Make sure that it is soft though so you don't chance damaging it.

Another thing to watch for is adhesive on your clear plastic. After you put together the windows and all then you should make sure that no cement got on them If it did then you will need to try an alcohol wipe to get rid of it. Another thing to do is to take a keyboard vacuum and carefully vacuum out the truck and make sure that it is very clean. You will just need to ensure that you carefully secure all the moving parts so that they do not bread loose. Another method involves the use of an aerosol keyboard cleaner. If you do use it just make sure that you only use very short bursts so that you do not damage your paint or decals.

Once the model truck is finished you then need to make sure that you seal it. If you do not do so then you can risk the chance of water damage. This could cause the loss of your decals or it could also damage your paint job as well. If you have properly sealed it then you might try wiping it off lightly with a damp cloth. You should also make sure that it is lint free so that it does not leave trace lint behind. If you take care of your model truck then you will be able to enjoy it for a long time after.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for collectible model cars, model trains, and model truck care.
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