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Old 04-01-2019, 02:40 PM
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All paper models will not last for over a decade.
Just take pictures of all your models and keep the pictures only.
That's the surest way to see them at their best conditions.
Ya know, it hurts to see a wing broken or a landing gear strut gone!
I've got quite a few kits that are close to 15 years old now, and still looking okay.
I also have models that are less than ten years old built, that need repair.

None of my models are exposed to sunlight. (Basement/Rec Room displays)
Seems my repairs all are glue separations.
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I am new to paper model and starting my first paper model plane...a British Airway Boeing 747-400 I bought from AliExpress. It looks daunting and I wonder how do you guys display a completed half meter long plane?
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Old 05-08-2019, 02:16 PM
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At home, it depends on your display capabilities. You need a good-sized cabinet with fairly dust-proof doors or a wide shelf you can devote to display.

At paper modeling events, the usual tables are about twice the length and the width of a card table. At the Paper Modelers at Army Heritage Days events, like the one coming up the weekend after next, we cover the tables with black sheets. The models look pretty good against black cloth. Those tables would be big enough to display your model, as a finished product or a work-in-progress. Even better is some kind of a base, whether it be a large piece of cardboard covered with paper printed to emulate tarmac, or a three-dimensional base. I used to display my Horrible 1/33 Hampden on top of its storage box, which started out as a cardboard mailing box for a Christmas wreath and which I painted and varnished.

Just some ideas. Others will have more to say.

I hope this isn't a threadjack, Bob, but it seemed relevant to your general topic of storage (and display).

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...how do you guys display a completed half meter long plane?
I move my meter long planes apart, and make a small space in between for it.
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No problem Don,


When my wife was flying internationally for the airlines, I would construct simple
box like cartoon figure paper models that would hold love notes for her 3:00AM departures. Years later I tried donating the paper Hako figures to the Childrens Hospital but was told they do not accept home made items. I thought about just giving them away, without the love notes, to children passing by but not here in California; their parents would more than likely sue.

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All paper models will not last for over a decade.
Just take pictures of all your models and keep the pictures only.
That's the surest way to see them at their best conditions.
Ya know, it hurts to see a wing broken or a landing gear strut gone!
My plastic models have a shelf life of about five years (I get rid of old ones when they're no longer up to snuff of improving skills). I can only imagine how short-lived the paper stuff will be.

I never considered their transitory nature until I read this. Kind of makes me sad.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:19 AM
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Paper models are no more short lived than any other mediums,
it comes down to how you protect them from the things that might shorten their lives.

There are paper models on display that were built well more than 100 years ago.
I cite Merrick's Mainz Cathedral as an example...built around 1890.
Looks as good as the day it was completed.

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:33 PM
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All paper models will not last for over a decade.
Just take pictures of all your models and keep the pictures only.
That's the surest way to see them at their best conditions.
Ya know, it hurts to see a wing broken or a landing gear strut gone!


I could not help but notice this comment from Papermate.
As a gesture of encouragement to all those that want the enjoyment of displaying their work for many many (more than 10) years . . .

This image shows the Digital Navy Oregon that I finished 14 years ago.
The dust cover is hand made. The wood frame of the cover has darkened, but the model shows no signs of change or deterioration. It appears as it did when it was finished.
Even so, it comes nowhere near the age of "Merrick's Mainz Cathedral" that Airdave refers to in the previous post.

Whether purchased or hand made, a dust cover seems to be a very effective method for preserving this kind of work.

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Old 06-25-2019, 05:36 PM
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I like the dust...it looks realistic on my Tanks!


lol credit to papermate...
he likes to build micro scale
...so most of his models get stepped on, sucked up into the vacuum, or eaten by the cat.
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use my solution have the truck back up and take the wide instead,problems solved lol
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