Re: Calling All Chemists - Somewhat OT
Jeff and all,
Without Doc Denny who is going to come up with all of this information?
Montford L. Switzer
Switzer Tank Lines, Inc.
Fall Creek Leasing, LLC.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Aley, Jeff A
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:42 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Calling All Chemists - Somewhat OT
I was cautioned by the late Dr. Denny Anspach to wrap models in FOOD GRADE polyethyline sheets or bags. Since the Reboxx are no longer available, he recommended buying them from Dan’s Trains in Ocala, FL. [I note that they are out of stock at the moment]. Why “Food Grade”? Because the mold releases that MAY be used on non-food grade bags could interact w/ our models. Rumor has it that this is the problem with some bubble-wraps. Food grade bags are not permitted to have such mold releases.
When REBOXX was selling boxes, they had researched “the best” plastic wrappers for models, in part because one of the workers had had very unfortunate experienced with wrapping models he’d custom painted and his customers finding . . . problems. Unfortunately, none of the surviving personnel remember what it was.
Gary, with my moving, packing HO rolling stock has been a concern. Damage was occurring until I began using these products.
To protect each car I do use pieces of this foam, with additional pieces to line the boxes https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-787P/Foam/Foam-Roll-Perforated-1-16-24-x-1250
The boxes are perfect for rows of HO cars or engines.
Admittedly, this post is not about Steam Era Freight Car models; but the transportation and/or storage of same.
I do not have a layout, so virtually all of my models 'live' in a box.....usually the one they came in. Once they are built, painted, and weathered, in my mind it is not preferable to stick them back in a box unprotected. I recently 'discovered' something that I think is the answer; but knowing my luck, it will probably be detrimental to the model and/or its finish. That's why I seek the advice of someone who knows.
The material I was thinking of using is a very thin, very soft, pliable plastic. The source is my grocery store. It is the bags they have in dispensers in the fruits and vegetables section. I can find nothing that tells what kind of plastic it is, only that it is classified as a No. 2 Recyclable, and made by Unistar Plastics.
Will this stuff end up adhering itself to my models, or perform some other regrettable act of violence toward them?
Thanks in advance for tolerance of this subject, and any insight.