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How Hot is Too Hot For Unbuilt Styrene Kit Storage?

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  • Member since
    November, 2006
  • From: Belmont MA
How Hot is Too Hot For Unbuilt Styrene Kit Storage?
Posted by nells250 on Saturday, March 23, 2019 5:39 PM

I have wanted to know for YEARS:

How hot is too hot for unbuilt styrene kit storage?  

If I knew I could safely store my unbuilt kits in the attic, without them warping in summer heat, I could free up SO much space down here on the second floor for other things... like books and stuff now stacked on the floor!

So, in people's experience, how much heat can our styrene kits take before being damaged?  And does heat also effect the decal sheets?  I'd love to ask a manufacturer, but are any still headquartered in the USA and do they even have an answer?

 

Tags: heat , plastic , storage , styrene , warp
  • Member since
    August, 2015
Posted by htown2 on Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:48 PM

I'd say it might depend on how the kit is packaged inside.  Tires might be likely to melt first and if they are not bagged seperately could damage the plastic.  IMHO, I wouldn't try anything more than room temp.

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:37 PM

I wouldn't store my model kits or built models in the attic as I would be afraid they would be damaged by the extreme hot and cold temps in that space. I spent good money for my kits and hope to get a number of them built while I'm still kickin'.

High octane

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, March 24, 2019 6:17 AM

I have to agree with the obove posts.  One home we lived in had a very large attic area where we stored several boxes of items.  A couple of the plastic decorative pieces were damaged.  I checked the temperature up there on one especially warm day (98* F) and it was right at 115* F.  I do not believe that would be very conducive for model storage.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:25 AM

Put the "books and stuff" in the attic.

That will free up more space for the important stuff......More models!! Wink

 

 

Steve

  • Member since
    November, 2006
  • From: Belmont MA
Posted by nells250 on Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:37 PM

Looks like, so far, I am not the only one who has worried about kits + heat........ I suppose I COULD start thinking BASEMENT, but then I have to consider dampness!

  • Member since
    August, 2008
  • From: jacksonville fla
Posted by oldnslow on Sunday, March 24, 2019 8:06 PM

Just think about it like this , if's it too hot , cold or damp for you to stay there for a long time , it's too much for the models too .

Robert Lightsey

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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, March 25, 2019 3:24 AM

I keep mine in the basement.  I hung plastic between the walls and my shelves, I have had a perimeter drainage system installed (for flooding problems), and have a very strong dehydrator.  Occasionally a box may feel damp, but have not noticed any adverse damage to my kits.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, March 25, 2019 11:37 AM

Hi;

 I used to store my models in a shed .I lined it with Aluminum foil ( shiny side out ). My models never seemed to suffer from heat damage .The decals were Notebooked in sealed plastic sheets till use ( each model kit they came from noted on the package ).This notebook was kept in a filing Cabinet ( yea ! darkness )in the house.

     Now that said, Remember this, Models are either resin or styrene. The heat will affect the plastic itself ,not being necessarily noticed till being built .( Example ) One Airfix " E " Boat .Normally molded in Airfix's ubiquitous light grey plastic . It was brittle and a weird grey green . 

   So yes, heat can damage the plastic .Basically " Cooking " them further .  My recommendation is this .If you have no alternative, Pack in Bubble wrap and foam sheet .This will keep this problem to a minimum .OCG

gjgeracci

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