This gave me a good opportunity to change the oil and give the unit a good clean. I've had this compressor for years and the only thing I've had to replace up to now was a tiny rubber washer on the tank drain plug. I did also find a lot of gunk and a disintegrated foam filter in the compressor air filter. Once all back together minus the regulator it's a lot quieter than before, possibly due to the blocked filter. A new regulator/water trap assembly is on the way. So not the end of the world but a delay in my schedule nonetheless.
This is all part of my on going plan to do away with almost all enamel or solvent based products on my bench. As a bonus they also emailed me a voucher for a further 10% off my next order, smashing chaps that they are!
And finally another model has made it's way onto the bench, it's tamiya's 1/48th M10 which is typical tamiya quality and builds up very fast! I'm going to finish this as a British version as well.