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Shipping in the Summer Heat

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Shipping in the Summer Heat

It's officially the hottest part of summer, and many places around the US and the world are experiencing heat waves. We recommend that you consider the temperatures when deciding to have models shipped this time of year.  Models can be damaged by extreme temperatures, such as those they may encounter on box trucks and airport tarmacs during transport.  Did you know that an airport tarmac (the asphalt where the cargo sits on carts waiting to be loaded and unloaded) has been measured at up to 172 degrees Farenheit (78C)?!? Models can suffer bent legs, finish damage, even bloating and seam...

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Care and Feeding of Shrinky Models

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Care and Feeding of Shrinky Models
What are shrinkies and how can you best care for them?  Plus, lots of fun pictures of shrinky Breyers!

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Breyer Rarities: Partial Chalky Model, Chalky Plastic, and Pearly

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Breyer Rarities:  Partial Chalky Model, Chalky Plastic, and Pearly
Chalkies, partial chalkies, chalky-plastic, oh my!  And pearlies? What are they, why were they made, and how can you identify them?  We'll show you in this article.

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Brochures - A Horse Lover's "Second" Collection

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Brochures - A Horse Lover's "Second" Collection

Most of us model horse collectors have a "second collection" of Breyer ephemera, which are printed items that go along with our models.  These include Certificates of Authenticity for some models, plus bio cards, Breyerfest programs, buttons and box brochures.  This is a fun side collection which you can display with your models or keep in binders with sheet protectors or in labeled folders.  They serve as a neat way to look back on what was going on when a particular model was made.     Box brochures are particularly fun in that aspect!  You can find out what other...

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It's Almost NaMoPaiMo Time!

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It's Almost NaMoPaiMo Time!

It's that time when model horse lovers start getting excited and imagining beautiful horses!  That's right, NaMoPaiMo is coming up soon!  The third annual event, started by Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery, invites everyone to grab a model and start painting.  Short for National Model Painting Month, February has been designated NaMoPaiMo and thousands of horse lovers around the world join in to make sad little models beautiful again. All you need is a model, some paint and your imagination.  Whether you're a first-time painter or a professional customizer, it's a fun month of camaraderie, sharing tips and photos,...

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