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The Death Of Testors Continues...Step By Step, Bottle By Bottle

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In case you've been checking the Testors.com website and wondering why it hasn't been updated for God knows how long, here's why.  The current Testors website is located on the Rustoleum website at https://www.rustoleum.ca/product-catalog/consumer-brands/testors/ and if you're still a user of Model Master Enamels, you aren't gonna like what you find.  As of this moment, here's the categories that are listed for enamels and the number of colors available:

Model Master Enamels

Flat colors: 27

Gloss colors: 2

Semi-Gloss: 1

Figure Enamels. Believe it or not, they also lumped naval enamels under the figure enamels heading.

Figure colors: 6

Naval colors: 4

International Military Enamels

WW-II US & United Kingdom colors: 5

U.S. Military Colors: 7

WW-II Luftwaffe & Panzer colors: 11

WW-II Italian/Japanese/Russian colors: 3

Modern Armor/Gulf War/Russian colors: 2

Auto Enamels

Automotive colors: 27

 

And if that isn't enough, there is one category of paint that is completely missing: Metalizer.  Not only is Metalizer gone, so is Metalizer sealer, which is a perfect neutral clear coat that can be brushed over decals without having to spray the entire model.

Things don't stop there either.  Four days ago, Michael McMurtrey listed 76 acryl colors that were being discontinued.  Today, the new testors website listed only 62 colors and some of those were also on the discontinued list.

 

Richard Marmo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Too bad.  I've used MM for over twenty years.  I hope some US based company picks up the line up.

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I've used MM since it's inception as my go to paint for my business.  Can't remember when they first created it, but I suspect some 40 years or so.  Since I will have to switch to TruColor, my paint costs for commission work will probably double.  As for what it will do to any ebooks I create....

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I don't like their paints anymore so no effect for me. Using Tamiya and others

 

Dave

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There are alternatives to Model Master, both the enamels and acrylics:

True North ( https://www.truenorthpaints.com/ )--I gather these are nearly the same formula as the Model Master enamel line.  There's also Tru-Color ( http://trucolorpaint.com/ ).  Squadron is carrying Humbrol.  Tamiya now markets a lacquer in jars in the LP line--the colors are keyed to their acrylic numbers.  MRP, an acrylic lacquer, is one of the current darlings of the hobby, and GSI Creos still markets the Mr. Color lacquers.  Can you go to your local hobby shop and get these?  Probably not, but how many of us still have a local, full-line hobby shop to begin with?  I know Tru-Color has been engaged with local shops, I have never seen a shop with their product stocked.

For the acrylics, take your pick:  Vallejo, AK Interactive, Ammo by Mig, Tamiya, GSI Creos' Aqueous or Acrysion lines, Mission Models, Lifecolour...again, the local shop won't have many of these (Tamiya and Vallejo seem to be common, the others--not so much).

And yeah, it is sad to see an industry icon leave our hobby, but there are other products out there.  I remember when the Model Master enamels made their debut in the early 1980's (1982, maybe?) and the information blitz that Testors launched to make sure we all "got the word" on the hows and whys of the line.  I remember when they killed the original Floquil and Polly-S lines, then re-launched them in the 1990's, only to kill them again a decade later.  I remember when they killed the Pactra Acrylics.  I remember when Testors launched their first branded acrylic in the early 1990's--the short-lived and little lamented Model Master Acrylics--and then the more successful Model Master Acryl line a few years later.  I remember when they discontinued Floquil and PollyScale.  But I found other products to replace them.  We can moan and groan all we want, but RPM isn't going to change their collective mind any time soon.  It isn't about anything more than the bottom line--I would imagine they invest a serious chunk of money into the scale model paint lines, and if the return on the investment isn't there, the shareholders squawk.

Sad, but it is time to move on.

R

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Ralph,

Everything you say is true.  But it's the transition period that kills you, particularly when you have to get almost all your paint by mail.  Case in point, I needed one lousy bottle of Model Master Steel for a Cadillac Ambulance I'm building for both a client and a magazine article.  No time to wait for mail order...never mind $9 shipping for a $4 bottle of paint.  I needed it now.  I found what I needed at a not so local Hobby Town and it was the ONLY bottle of the stuff they had.

When it comes to my modelbuilding guides, I will have to incorporate a section in each of them discussing the changes in paint availability as well as where to find what they need.  Do I need to carp about all of this?  Well, yes and no.  Yes because it directly affects me financially and timewise.  And no because this is simply the way the free market works.  If it doesn't sell or sell well enough, it doesn't survive.  In other words, it's just business.  But that doesn't keep our personal ox from being gored.  How badly each of us is gored depends on our individual requirements.

Where Model Master is concerned, the pertinent question now is just when the Model Master line in particular and Testors in general are no longer recognizable names.  IMHO, MM will be lucky to make it to January 2020.  As for Testors?  They'll probably continue to stay around, but their focus will be on crafts and of virtually no interest to the serious modeler.  Just my thoughts.

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