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Old 08-04-2011, 03:40 PM   #46
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Re: Report your zinc-rot affected models please!

A post on 400 scale hangar regarding Zinc rot...

With a tear in my eye.... - 400 Scale Hangar
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Or a comment/dedicated field in the database? This is probably not exclusive to 1:500.

I think a Zinc Rot warning in the database for models falling within the range is a good idea. It would prevent some unwary collector from purchasing a model that potentially has issues.
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Well, now that phenomenon seems to have caught one of mine. I went through the models in my collection (787 models as of now) to swap the ones being displayed for ones being in the cupboard in their boxes.

When i got to the BigBird 500 747 G-CIVB (Chelsea Rose) BigBird 1:500 British Airways B 747-436 - Wings900 ID# 3701 I noticed some very distinctive cracks in the paint. See4 the pictures for yourselves. It's the only model in my collection being affected by this. My other 13 BigBird Models and also all the Aeroclassic ones do not show any signs of problems.

I bought that Chelsea Rose in January 2004. It was fine then and it also was fine at the end of 2005, when i put it into the box for storage. It had the same environmental conditions as all the other models (19-26C and 30 to 65% of humidity, as you would expect in an appartment).

So these cracks have formed as the material seems to be expanding locally around the center of the fuselage in the upper left side. The wings are not affected at all. At least not yet
I think this is quite an early stage of the process. I'll see if it develops or if it kind of stays that way. If it does, i can just have it showing its right side towards the observer, so the main cracks won't be visible.

I thought about trying to replace it with an identical model, but since the Inflight500 BA Asia Chelsea Rose is available i'll go for that one.
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Re: Report your zinc-rot affected models please!

I am sorry this happened. Zinc-rot affects Bigbird BA 747s as many of them were made in the period late 2002 - early 2003. I have never heard about the phenomenon affecting IF500 models so I think your idea of replacing the model with an IF one is very good.
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Re: Report your zinc-rot affected models please!

Here's a list of models i found on Miniaviamodel.ru that might be of interest: "????????? ???? ???????" (???????? 1) — ????????? ???? — ?????? ?????????. ??????? 1:500,1:400,1:200. ????? ?????????????? ??????? ?????????
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Great link Flight,it's enough to make you weep....
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Yikes.. That looks very bad..
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really useful list, thanks for sharing! My SQ 743 9V-SKN had a sad end, I need a replacement.
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Great link Flight,it's enough to make you weep....
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Yikes.. That looks very bad..
Indeed... I was actually quite dissapointed and upset to see a few models from my wishlist on that list.

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really useful list, thanks for sharing! My SQ 743 9V-SKN had a sad end, I need a replacement.
No problem, i thought it would help.
Sorry to hear about the model...
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Re: Report your zinc-rot affected models please!

Ow, you really freaked me out with this link to this russian site! Before, I read about 1:400 zinc rot but never heard about Big Bird/Herpa's 1:500!!!

Started to check my models and, hopefully not, found sth: (Herpa 503747)

Is this the beginning of the zinc rot or it's just thicker layer of paint? What do you think, guys?

Had a problem taking good enough photos but it's best I can do:

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My SQ 743 9V-SKN had a sad end, I need a replacement.
Sergio, make a custom. I have heard a few complaints on this Bigbird model. It is one of the most frequently reported zinc-rot affected models.
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Thanks for this link. A tragic end to the models and a very useful list of potentially affected models. I did not know Herpa had this problem.
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Thanks for this link. A tragic end to the models and a very useful list of potentially affected models. I did not know Herpa had this problem.
Neither did i until i saw this list.
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Re: Report your zinc-rot affected models please!

Herpa 1:500 BA Japan tail 767-300.

I have had four or five examples where the fuselage aft the wings is bubbly.
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Nightmare!!! That's horrible, in my 1250 models only watch some bubbles (742F UPS OG for example), but not rifts in the paint in any of my models, this last effect is devasting in my opinion. Interesting link Flight Fan

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