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Heat Warning, New Product Updates

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Heat Warning, New Product Updates

Hi Everyone, It's August and I don't have to tell you:  It's HOT out there!  Even Maine has been over 90 degrees for 3 days.  Shipping models in this kind of heat is risky.  If you live in an area where it's scalding hot right now, you may want to consider placing your order into our Hold Your Horses™Program, since we aren't responsible for heat damage in transit.  It can get to over 120F on airport tarmacs, and unconditioned box trucks aren't any better.  If you decide to use our Hold Program, we'll keep the order here until you're comfortable...

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Identify Your Breyer - Tribute to A Legend in Our Hobby

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Identify Your Breyer - Tribute to A Legend in Our Hobby

  Eleda's note:  The following article was first published in October, 2019.  It is with great sadness and respect that I'm republishing it today after hearing that Janice has passed away.  She passed unexpectedly, and all of us long-time hobbyists are devastated by her loss.  As you'll see in the article below, she spent many hours every week updating her site to provide us all, free of charge, a reference site that's unparalleled in any hobby or industry.  I use her site every single day, without fail - Opening it as soon as I open our own site each morning. ...

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How To Store Your Breyer Models Safely

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How To Store Your Breyer Models Safely

We get asked frequently about how to store models safely, and it's a tricky question, since every storage location is different.  Here are the basics: Don't do it unless you have no choice.  First and foremost, I never recommend airtight storage for any length of time.  Open-air display is generally recommended for plastic models whenever possible. Sealed containers like plastic totes hasten the aging process, as any off-gassing of the plastic is trapped within the plastic tote, much the same way you can ripen bananas more quickly by placing them in a closed paper bag.    This is even more important...

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Protecting Your Models From Yellowing

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Protecting Your Models From Yellowing

I received a great email from Alex today, asking how to keep his models from turning yellow as they age.  "When I first thought of displaying my models I was afraid of yellowing [by the sun]... I am now worried that maybe keeping the models completely out of the sunlight has started the yellowing process."  He asks what the truth is about sunlight and yellowing, and whether he should keep his shades closed to keep the sun off his models.  These are great questions, so with Alex's permission, I'm sharing my answer with you: Some slight yellowing will nearly always...

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Saving horses - Restoring Yellowed and Marked-Up Models

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Saving horses - Restoring Yellowed and Marked-Up Models

Did you cringe at this post's photo of the severely yellowed Shetland?  Don't worry... She found a new home where she has been restored and is now beloved again. There's no better feeling than taking a sad, beat-up model and making him or her gorgeous.  Not only will you end up with a great model (which you got at an amazing price!) but you'll have the pride of knowing you saved a model that might otherwise have met a terrible fate. In this blog post, I'll go over how to brighten yellowed models.  In future posts, I'll cover everything from...

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