Manny, knowing what you do to Franklin mint models, I was afraid to open this one when I saw Airstream camper. I'm glad you found a scrap one, these are pricey. I like what you did to this and will be perfect for a junk yard office.
Testors is a great company and I'm betting they will take care of you. I'm not sure this applies to the paint but i thought it to be quite interesting. A few years ago we packed the truck with our usual box of snacks and a cooler in the back seat for a trip to the Iowa summer farm show. A few hours out of Phoenix we are high up in the White mountains in north east Arizona went we started hearing a snapping sound in the back of the truck. After several miles of this snapping sound every ten minutes or so we pulled into a parking lot to investigate. Pulling stuff from our snack box we found our bag of potato chips was just about a perfect round ball, looked like a basket ball. Obviously the sealed air in the bag was greater than the high altitude air.
I think there is a tremendous difference. Covers better and flows better. I have several that are are least 15 years old. They do cost more but the bottle is twice the size so it's minimal. I would recommend adding the hardener if you want to airbrush enamels. I just tried Tetors Aztec Acrylic aribrush paint for the first time and it went on very nice. I'll posting some photos in the diecast section.
Which Testors are you using, Testors or the Model Masters by Testors? I have always though the Testors in the square bottles was a poor quality paint. The MM has been good to me although it takes awhile to dry but most enamels do, love the black chrome.. I can't remember ever needing two coats. I just air brushed the Guard red MM with a drop of hardener in it and man did it come out nice.
If this is referring to my comment,your statement is incorrect. Testors did replace them, although he did say that three year old paint was past it's recommended life. They were new fresh cans when I bought them. I do agree that paint and glue should be dated but like many have testified here, many do out last their recommended like. Did you know acetone free nail polish remover does have an expiration date? It is real hard to find on the bottle but worth looking for. It doe not work well after it's expired but I find it in stores all the time.
The cans seem as heavy as the older ones, the leak is always at a seam. I don't think your tubing is a "use thinner material to save a few cents" issue. If that were the case they would no longer fit inside each other. K&S makes 2 different wall thicknesses as well as a soft bendable tubing.
The MM cans leaking has been talked about a few times here. When I first had this issue around 2009, I had twenty plus can that leaked, some worse than the one posted here. I contacted Testors and they verified the date by the numbers on the bottom that they were three years old which is when I bought them. Testors told me that was beyond the recommended life of the paint. That said, they did replace the paint after I returned the leaking ones. I have since had more that leaked some but I don't know if they are the rest of my old cans or some of the new replacement cans. So, the leaking cans go back at least to 2006. I have used cans that have small leaks and had no issues. All of mine have been store in controlled environment since new. A asked this question the last time i saw this mentioned on here and don't think it got answered. Why is the stuff that leaks out clear and never the color?
Bill, Here is one of the 1/25 Olivers. They were also made as a shelf model, same but no inscription. I also have a White Oliver in red and a Minneapolis Moline on my fokti page. Just click on the photo.