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FROM THE October 2011 ISSUE

Odorous resin model

RELATED TOPICS: RESIN
Q: I have a problem with a resin (or possibly polyurethane) model I won on an auction site, and would like to ask an expert who works with resin.

The model is a 1/87 scale Hungarian Ikarus 250 intercity coach. It is beautifully created and painted, but it emits a strong specific odor that resembles naphthalene.

I tried to wash it with soap and placed it under a fan for hours, but nothing helped. Is there any way to get rid of this odor? Many thanks.

Gregory Glazman
via E-mail


Ken: Gregory, this question deals with a scale we don’t always see on these pages, and a problem we’ve never heard of, but the boys in the shop and I agree it was interesting (and different) enough to address in the column.

Whenever I hear the words “expert.” “resin,” and “1/87 scale” in the same sentence, I think of my old friend and super-modeler, Chester Fesmire.

Chester writes a column on HO scale vehicles in Toy Trucker & Contractor magazine, and he knows more about small-scale models than anyone on the planet, so I called him in to tackle your odiferous ordeal.

Here’s what Chester had to say:

“I have indeed seen this problem before. Since the model Gregory is speaking of comes from a company called Kniga in the Czech Republic, it may be something in the resin used in eastern European countries.

“On my pieces, the smell did go away once the models were painted, but if it persists, I might suggest taking a dab of Vicks Vapor Rub and putting it somewhere in an indiscrete place on the model. The smell of camphor disguises just about everything”.

Thanks for the input, Chester, and we hope Gregory gets rid of his repugnant resin problems.

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