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The brand of model kits & supplies for building model cars, including adhesives and paints of the Testor Corporation.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Testor Corporation page on 25 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Testor Corporation is an American manufacturer of model kits, tools, and accessories based in Rockford, Illinois and is part of RPM International.

Axel Karlson had been producing a product known as "Karlsons Klister" (klister being Swedish for glue), which was originally intended for use in the repair of women's stockings, but had quickly found use in other applications as well. In February 1929, Karlson convinced Nils F. Testor, then the manager of an F.W. Woolworth store in the Swedish district of Rockford, Illinois, to serve as office manager of his new enterprise. It was a relatively risky move for Testor, who began his career as a stockroom boy in Woolworth's Chicago store on State Street. Karlson's Klister ultimately proved unsuccessful and Karlson returned home to Sweden. Testor borrowed enough money to purchase the firm's assets and founded The Testor Chemical Company.

By the time Testor arrived, cobblers had become the product's primary market. Coming to the conclusion that the only way to save his new acquisition was to sell the product to additional markets, Testor renamed the adhesive "Crystal Clear Household Cement" and began marketing it to households as a general-purpose repair product, while continuing to sell a large quantity to shoemakers.

Testor's actions proved to be successful, and by 1936 the company was able to expand its product line. Staying true to its status as a chemical corporation, hobbyist model cement and butyrate dope were introduced to the public. Four years later, Testor Corporation became a founding member of The Hobby Industry of America, an association of hobby parts suppliers and manufacturers.


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - 374Isuzu Impulse Turbo1:24 scale, Fujimi
Model Kit - 452Dodge 426 Hemi1:4 scale
Model Kit - 5201CheZoom by BoydQuickBuilder! 1:24 scale custom '57 Chevrolet
Model Kit - 5202Aluma-Coupe by BoydQuickBuilder!, 1:24 scale
Model Kit - 5207Custom Chevy C1500QuickBuilder!, 1:24 scale
Die Cast Model Kit - 430001LandroverQuickBuilder!, 1:24 scale, Land Rover Freelander/LR2, prepainted dark red
Die Cast Model Kit - 440118Nissan Skyline GT-REasy Builder Silver Series, 1:24 scale, prepainted blue


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