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Where to store old model kits

Q: I have a select number of kits from the early 1960s and 1970s that I store in a closet in our house. I keep all of the decals in document protectors in a notebook inside the house. I need the space in the house, or rather, my wife does.

Will it hurt to store the older kits in the basement?

All my newer kits stored in the basement are together in large cardboard moving boxes, and the ambient temperature fluctuates between 40-80 degrees from winter to summer, with no humidity.
I think there are probably other modelers who can benefit from your answer, so please let us know.
 – Jim Dale
Waleska, Georgia


Ken: Jim, it sounds like you have an ideal place to store all your kits.

In terms of plastic, a 40-degree temperature fluctuation is quite acceptable, as is the zero humidity factor. By what I’ve seen and have heard from some modeling buddies, most plastic kits can easily withstand at least another 20 degrees at either end of your current limit.

The main problem most of us need to worry about is moisture and mold damage when storing kits in a basement, especially if you live in an excessively humid part of the country.

I have an old house that has a damp basement with a dirt floor, so I keep most of my kits in the attic. The temperature can climb to more than 100 degrees up there, but I’ve never had a problem with Styrene Meltdown.

And keeping your decals separate in a “household” climate is a great idea.

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