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My friends and I recently aquired a whole heap of BFG models at an insanely good deal. After unpacking my despoiler battleship from the box, i've noticed that some of the metal has begun to oxidize (starting to turn brown on one side).
What is the best way to clean this?
scrubbing it with a slight alcaline or acid solution might remove the oxides. brush it and rinse thouroughly afterwards.
Brown, say you?
That seems odd, to me. Try cleaning it first with a toothbrush and some alcohol or methylated spirits. Far as my experience goes, even with oooooooooold models, at worst theyve looked a dark, powdery grey.
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
That brown is actually a patina, something that's formed over a tin object when burried in the ground or in contact with chloride i think.
Altho valued on tin objects it's easely removed. some alkaline or acid solution or some polish should work.
thanks guys, and yes, and yes this is definately a yellowish-brown Phobos.
by the way, i thought it was silver that the patina was valued on...
On tin it's too. you can lose up 80 to 90% of the value on that iirc. saw that on a program about art and kitch.
And i believed it was called a patina, could be mistaken.