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Effects of Age
Be aware that even mint items can have issues. Styrene tends to shrink and become brittle over time, which can cause trucks to drop off, wheels to loosen and parts to crack. Paint on some locomotives will chip and flake, even when sealed inside a box. In particular, the gold paint on Baltimore & Ohio diesels will fade, turn black, and rub off. This is among the best B&O locos I've seen, and the gold is already starting to fade:
Here's a caboose inside a 100% sealed set tray:
Notice how most of these replacement wheelsets have fallen apart inside their blister packs:
The effects of age can adversely impact locomotives, which is why old locos should never be run without servicing. Issues include, but are not limited to:
Bottom line: these are mass-produced toys, not heirlooms.
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