Archive. Nose Art Collection.
This is a really great model, finished in polished metal with painted
areas and insignia. However, it was produced in 2004, and the years
have not been kind to the polished areas, which have oxidized, even
though the model was and is boxed and stored on shelves in climate
controlled rooms. On the good side, the model doesn't have holes
beneath the wings for hanging armaments and fuel tanks, which makes
the model wonderfully clean, the Thunderbolt's best look.
I don't know if there is a fix for oxidation, even though the
problem has been around for ages, especially in commercial airliner
collecting. A large percentage of the models there are portrayed
in their aluminum skin, so oxidation can be a big worry. But then,
it could be worse: if the metallurgist people get the metal mixture
wrong, the whole model will crumble, which you could call "dustifying".