Something all collectors think about from time to time is how we are taking care of our collections that we have spent so much time and energy to collect. Caring for them is important and can help preserve your collection for many years to come. Taking care of them might be the last thing on your mind, but if you take the time to do it, your collection will surely shine!
If you have your models displayed, you’ve probably encountered the most common things most collections see, dust! Dust is inevitable, and there is really no way to prevent it if you want your models to see the light of day. Of course you want to enjoy your collection by displaying it, so cleaning is your next best option. Dusting once every few weeks is a great way to keep it under control, but most original finish models will need a cleaning once in awhile. A warm bath with a little dish soap is a wonderful way to get any dirt off of them. If you have customs its best to avoid direct contact with water, especially for models that haven’t been sealed. A very lightly damp rag can generally be used for sealed customs to take any dirt off of it that may have accumulated from being displayed.
If you choose to take your models out of the house, to a show, to a friends, or anywhere else, packing them safely is as important as it is for long term storage. Clean, light colored cloth is generally safe, as is clean bubblewrap. You’ll want to be sure to wrap them loosely, but cover them completely to make sure that they are protected and not damaged.
Your collection is important and special, and making sure its kept that way is something all collectors want! How do you care for you collection?