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I can't begin to tell you how excited i am that my parents found these in the basement in some supplies i had stored.  These are Ral Partha models from 1988 to 1991. I bought them with my allowance back when i was like 9 or 10 and am thrilled to see these again.  I remember being so afraid to paint them because i didn't want to mess them up, that i never ever tried.  

 

These are primed and need to be stripped. These are early pewter-white metal.  They even had packaging that read "now lead free". 

 

What I'm wanting to do is savor the joy of painting them, now that I'm way more capable.  However...i need to get this crappy primer off of them.  These are 30+ years old and I'm blown away they look as good as they do.  

 

Anyone have a solution that can strip this down to the metal? 

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I'm certain that's true.  I just can't believe how happy it made me seeing these come back to me in my adulthood.  I cherished them because i wanted them to be great.  Now i might be able to make them see their glory. 

 

Thanks for the send @Serenity

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@Cicciopiu @Serenity @ManvsMini i used some of a lot of the suggestions i saw. 

 

I got a special tip from manvsmini that really got these into warp speed for paint coming off.   Great advice, sir! 

 

They are coming along nicely.  I'll post more as they clean up.  This is like digging up treasure.  I feel like my parents sent me the Rosetta Stone not knowing what these old things were.  They are tapping into my youth! 

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When i opened the box for them it was like my childhood aspiration for painting these came back to me.  The the difference is now i might be able to realize that idea in my head to on these models. 

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I love my vintage mini collection.  But something I learned when I went back to paint some recently is that I've gotten so spoiled on 28mm heroic scale and 32mm scale models that 25mm and true scale 28mm models are basically too small. 

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LA cleaner for the win!  That stuff stripped these things perfectly.  I admit the electric toothbrush was the tool that really got that stuff off.  It really helps showcase the difference on plaque removal between manual and electric toothbrush.  I just hope my wife doesn't notice her toothbrush tasting like paint. 

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30 minutes ago, R2ED said:

LA cleaner for the win!  That stuff stripped these things perfectly.  I admit the electric toothbrush was the tool that really got that stuff off.  It really helps showcase the difference on plaque removal between manual and electric toothbrush.  I just hope my wife doesn't notice her toothbrush tasting like paint.

"Taste the weasel!"

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