The translucent models seem to come in two types, dull white to almost grey and a very bright white. Whatever the colour of the plastic, they all have a touch of a glow about them and have an interesting effect when held up to light.
Models of this type appeared to flourish during 1997, but I have a couple of outriders from 2002, 2004, and 2005. In my experience, the translucent models don't seem to have a problem with yellowing; does anyone have a yellowed translucent?
While the translucents are less opaque than the regular plastic models, the chalky whites are more opaque than usual. These models have a very bright white plastic with a powdery finish which looks as if it should be very brittle - I have not checked to see if this is actually true for obvious reasons.
|Top Row (LtoR): Standard & Fast-yellowing |
Bottom Row (LtoR): Chalky white, translucent, and bright white
Rapid-yellowing models like that lemon tobiano G1 Native Dancer remained a problem through 2001 and possibly later. The chalky whites seemed to be a 1997 phenomenon and gave way to a less matte, bright white plastic. These do not seem to have the yellowing issue and retain a lovely snow white colour and have a slight sheen compared to the powdery finish of the chalkies.
Close up of a bright white and a translucent from the same run. Notice how this particular translucent looks almost grey in comparison and has softer edges to its markings.
The models from the JCPenney #710897 12-pc. Parade of Breeds in 1997 can be found in the full range of the experimental plastics. Here we have two versions of the alabaster Swaps from the set - translucent and chalky plastic.
Notice how even just the bit of light coming from the side gives the translucent model a bit of a glow while the chalky plastic model has an almost powdery finish to his ultra-matte coat; bright white models have a touch of a satin sheen.
Here is a little mixed-plastic gallery:
Many thanks to Deana Sprague and Sharon Walbridgefor providing pictures for our post!