Displaying Translucent TFs

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Razerwire, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Razerwire

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    I've heard many horror stories about displaying translucent TFs only to have them have some form of coloring occur.

    Is this true?

    I'd like to display my BT Rijie but am terrified about discoloration. I'd display him in a case that has class doors and there's no direct sunlight. But from the stories I've heard, even regular light from your average household light bulb can cause discoloration.
     
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    It's not much different from yellowing, only much more noticeable because of the plastic.

    Also, certain clear plastics, colorless ones especially, naturally "yellow" over time and do not remain pristine, regardless of whether or not they are displayed. I don't know how that bit personally can affect Transformers.
     
  3. Razerwire

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    Damn. I've been keeping Rijie in his box all this time hoping that it will deter any yellowing at all. :( 
     
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    not sure about the plastic composite, but for my e-Hobby Ghost of Starscream .... it's still clear as ever. It is MISB and stored like a book though.
     
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    TF clear plastics could very well be safe from "aging" yellowing, because as I said, I don't know about them. It also takes a few years for that sort of yellowing to happen, so Rijie is probably safe in his box.
     
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    Yessiree bob. I don't think they absorb 100% of UV rays, so I wouldn't be displaying it in a window box, but it should definitely keep it looking good in your awesome Ikea case.
     
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    man, i hope that doesnt happen to the TFCC combiner...and this is making me not wanting to get botcon mirage from last year either...

    Edit: this was my 5,000th post...WOOHOO!!!
     
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    Yeah my BotCon Mirage is also sitting in a dark box somewhere. :( 
     
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    Ron, you might want to consider giving them some air. My Choro-Q Megatron (not translucent by any means, but it could still apply) turned piss yellow after being re-boxed for a while... Maybe 3 months. It might have been the plastic used or it could have been some kind of wake-up call... Not really sure, but I figure it won't hurt to bring it up.
     
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    I had a clear pvc/hoc type prime from act-1 on the dashboard of my car for a couple of years, and it didn't turn yellow, for what that's worth.
     
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    hhhmmm...that bums me out...i can get one locally for a decent price, but i'm not sure if i want to now...i think the only reason i really wanted him is because i have every other exclusive from last year, so that would be the final piece but at the same time, the completionist in me has died a lot (which is good)
     
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    Damn I better check up on the translucent stuff!
    He's definitely worth the purchase. Just dunno how to display him.
     
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    I read a patent description for a method to reverse plastic discolouration in medical supplies (caused by the gamma rays in the sterilisation process) that uses black light (about 400nm wavelength) exposure.

    It seems odd that radiation further up the scale than sunlight would do such a thing, but the patent description seemed to claim so. I wonder if such a method would reverse UV colouration damage?

    I demand experiments! Anyone have a black light lamp and some old yellow junkers?
     
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    Only clear TFs I'd worry about yellowing are my clear Car Robo Bros. They are in the box anyway, so I guess I can't do better than that anyways.
    My BT-18 is still MISB and I plan to let him go soon, so I don't worry :) 
     
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    Nooooooooo! Don't do it!
     
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    I know he's a beaut, but I never get around to open him. He's being wasted here :( 
     
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    Then O-PEN HIM! Please! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD OPEN HIM! :lol 
     
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    Displaying cheaply

    Here's an idea for you that seems to work out pretty well and doesn't cost a small fortune.Go out and buy the display boxes they sell at dollar stores made for the glass cubes with designs etched into them and cover them with lighty-tinted plastic.Then put a piece of either glass or hard,clear plastic on top of them,(it usually takes 2 boxes to hold a regular -sized transformer),and place the entire thing in your display case away from sunlight or dust.The tinted light wont dis-color your transformer as I have a Starscreams ghost figure thats been on display this way for 3 years and hasn't changed color yet.Another advantage to this method is the lights in the display boxes usually come in either different colors or clear.
     

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