In my world of preparing cars for concours events, sometimes I get asked to work on something unusual. One such project was when one of my clients in the Philadelphia area was expecting a special visitor for his collection of 7000 Mercedes-Benz tin toys, models, and die casts. Representatives from the factory itself were coming for a visit, but the cars and shelves were dusty and disorganized. I was given the task of making them shine just like the real thing. After about a month, I had cleaned and detailed every car. It was quite the undertaking, but it inspired a project for my own toys at home. Read the full article on Hagerty.com:
I have over 120 1/18th models and my 1/43 & 1/64 models account for another 300+. I did not know what I wad going to do today but it looks like I have plenty to do. Great advice.
Well I better get started
Tim, a great article and many useful tips, but a picture of an original dusty model and the improvement that cleaning and repair can make would have been nice. The MGB and MaLaren looked great to start with - both are beautiful models. I've used Maguires 'Quick Detailer' in the past with good success as a model wax. If you have pictures of some of the 7,000 cars in the collection you cleaned, I'm sure they would be interesting to see.
I buy a lot of used Dinky Toys from eBay and sometimes they will have some scuffs and paint transfer from another model or whatever. Meguiars cleaner wax does a great job to fix those problems. Of course, the best way is not having to clean them at all by putting them in a display case. Ikea sells large ones and your local hobby store should have small individual plastic cases made by AMT, Auto World, etc.