Thursday, June 11, 2015

Damn, damn, damn

This message was posted on the Weaver Models home page today;

Weaver Models is announcing the closing of its manufacturing business at the end of June after 50 years. Proud to have been manufacturing in the USA.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our dealers, customers, and the many great friends I've made throughout the years for making our business a success.
I would also like to thank our dedicated employees, some of whom have been with me for more than 20 years, also for making our business a success.
I have been affiliated with Weaver Models since 1970, when it was better known as Quality Craft Models. I acquired Weaver Models in 1994.
We will be having a sale at our place of business, selling various items including memorabilia on a cash and carry basis starting June 29th.

Among other things, Weaver was the manufacturer of Scalecoat paint. The paint that had become my personal favorite for years now. Sprays on lovely. Drys to a gloss finish, making decal application a breeze. Since it's solvent based paint it sticks to resin like baby poo to a blanket.
And there's nothing sweeter than Scalecoat on brass. Baked on it's awesome!
I've just placed a large order to hold me for awhile, and hopefully the line gets purchased by somebody and carries on.
I'm trying like mad to not transition to acrylics. Some people swear by them, I swear at them.
For the majority of my work I would prefer to stick with solvent based paints. I know how to use them safely and would prefer to continue to do so.
If the Scalecoat line does disappear, there are alternatives. Tru-Color has an extensive line of solvent based paints, which I'll use if pushed to, and Testors still makes enamel paints for the plastic modelers. Lot's of colours there to chose from.
The sky isn't falling, but times they are a changing.
And a big Thank you to Weaver Models for all the years of delightful product.

1 comment:

Shop Foreman said...

George`s Trains Proto-Paint drys to a glossy finish, making it ready to apply the water slide decals of your choice. But yes it is acrylic based.