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    • November 3, 2019 8:00 PM EST
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      To be frank, I am shocked at how well these figures held up.  I don't leave anything plastic outside, as I have witnessed our tropical sun destroy my kids' toys in a year or two.  Maybe it is worth a re-think...

       

      Eric

    • November 3, 2019 10:01 PM EST
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      Eric Mueller said:

      To be frank, I am shocked at how well these figures held up.  I don't leave anything plastic outside, as I have witnessed our tropical sun destroy my kids' toys in a year or two.  Maybe it is worth a re-think...

       

      Eric

      Eric (or I guess you want us to call you Frank now),

      I'm amazed at what Florida Sun does to things, as opposed to Midwest Sun.  But I also think Sun through moisture (like morning dew) magnifies the heat deterioration tremendously and oxidation.  I'm thinking Boomer's climate is dry and I'm wondering if that is helping in this situation.  Reading about the restoration of 4014 in the Trains Special Issue, they spoke of how 4014 was the candidate in the best condition of the surviving "Big Boys", because of where it was displayed in the dry climate.  Some actually had moss growing in the boiler and cylinders.

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      I also appreciate Boomer's testing, it really is an impressive example. 

    • November 4, 2019 5:44 PM EST
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      Okay you be Frank, I will be Eric...anybody want to be Boomer. You should probably check the job description before signing up.

       

      My experience is the UV is destroying the plastic and resin. Altitude plus the large amount of cloudless sunny days make NM a crucible. I think Franks experience in Hawaii is also the large amount of sun even though he is close to sea level.

       

      I paint my track ties for the UV.  Those in this area who do not have paid the price.

       

      I do not know if humidity has anything to do with it. Perhaps someone else can expound on that.

       

      I will do close ups and I hope to have new examples to compare for some of the figures.

       

      Thanks for the interest in this guys.

      Eric (the model RR formerly known as Boomer)

       

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      Boomer

       

      I am not complaining because the glass is half empty nor that it is half full..it is simply the wrong flavor!

       

    • November 4, 2019 6:57 PM EST
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      Ric Golding said:

      Eric (or I guess you want us to call you Frank now),

      I'm amazed at what Florida Sun does to things, as opposed to Midwest Sun.

       Ric,

        Think about that comment while you are basking in the Florida sun wearing your speedo and stockings!

       

       

      Frank who ?

    • November 5, 2019 12:17 AM EST
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      To all the Franks, Boomers, and Erics:

       

      I think the lesson I have to draw from this is to get a coat of paint on my track ties.  For us, the issue is the sun is almost constantly directly overhead all year round, meaning the UV is constant.  I imagine that in some ways it mirrors those at altitude who might have shorter or less direct sun exposure but less atmosphere to provide UV shielding.

       

      As for speedo, no, I go traditional.  Google "malo."  Then try to un-see it! 

       

      Eric / Frank / Boomer / Ric

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