I’ve been using Testors paint and plastic model cement all my life. I’ve used them for building model cars, planes, militaria, space ships, and monster models. I was always hunting down the appropriate enamel colors to paint these models.
Testors started in 1929, when Nils F. Testor, a young Swedish immigrant, purchased the assets of a small Rockford company making an adhesive product called “Karlson’s Klister.” This was glue to mend stockings but mostly sold to shoe shops for repairs. Testor renamed the glue ” Crystal Clear Household Cement” improving the sales.
In the late 30’s, modelers starting utilizing the glue so in 1940 Testor Chemical Company became the founder of The Hobby Industry of America. They started adding Enamel and Acrylic paints, the Aztek Airbrush system and Ready to Spray Acrylic paints. During World War II Testor began producing static scale models of popular aircraft out of pinewood. These scale models proved enormously popular. They utilized the surpluses of Balsa wood, after the war, to produced flying aircraft models.
By the 1960’s everything was going plastic, so Testors bought companies to add plastic models to their line and plastic model cement. In the early 70’s they purchased IMC and Hawk Model Company, well-respected manufacturers of plastic models.