This a JF kit. It was designed by Ed Newton around the time JF was producing resin kits for Testors. It was a hauler for a Mercury based hot rod with a narrowed body and open wheels. The component parts are still listed on his site (Cosmic Hauler) but not the whole kit.
As I posted above Union "possibly" has the VW mold that is the basis for this kit. None of the IMC and Heller kits they last released have ever been seen since the early 80's. Off the top of my head they had the molds for the following IMC kits, Lola T-70, Chaparral 2e, '48 Ford's, the series of GT40's, the VW and the Lotus 49. There have been many theories as to the whereabouts of the molds but no one has a definite answer. I think you are quite safe ( and lucky) in your purchase.
Union Models of Japan was the last to release the VW so it's possible they would have at least the basis for the kit. If the mold still exists. Otherwise being an IMC/Testors mold it's possible parts may exist with Round2. I've seen a couple of these at car shows and all seem to have that high-rise look. Maybe poor design, fitment issues over the front suspension or to have better interior space? Always liked the Bradly GT better if your going for the sports kit car.
Yeah, just as they're taking "models" out of the mag. 2 issues now and I kinda miss parts with appeal. What do they call it now, parts that have appeal? Anyway... Great to see in the pages, our hobby needs to have great articles like that in automotive magazines if not more magazines period. Plus I always like Tim's stuff, for me personally he seems to nail both subject and style of build.
Ok, perhaps I was a bit terse. After re reading your post I still take issue with the internet as the end all be all for best price. Other than possibly Tower our LHS meets or beats most internet pricing. And again they have a buying advantage most shops don't and are able to pass along the better pricing. l apologize for my remarks. Your post just came across as "I want my stuff cheap, now and with no interference" Plus since you chose to quote me on one of my reasons for supporting my LHS I took it as though you had issue with it. Again I realize that may not have been the intent, to me that's how it read.
Unfortunately my job interferes with my ability to attend local club functions so I'm usually happy to connect with fellow modelers. Our local club has a display at our LHS so at least I'm able to catch up on what others are building. In addition they have slotcar racing on a nice Carrera track plus lots more auto related stuff. Part of the experience is the inspiration and creative juices that get flowing in an environment like that. Don't get me wrong, I get alot of ideas and inspiration from the excellent stuff people post here. The shop experience is just different, not better or worse. Just another way to boost my appetite for building.
Hey Greg, don't know if you still have the body for the King Cobra, but you may be able to find a shiny new replacement via Tamiya USA's website. They repopped this along with some other neat bodies a couple years ago. Was checking out the site a couple months ago and the Cobra plus quite a few others were still shown as available. Around $20 I believe, not too bad to restore something as cool as that.
I don't understand the need to blindly assume all shop owners are trying to rob you and the only way to get that all important deal is to shop the web period! I understand the fact that there are those shop owners that resist anything regarding the internet, be pricing, selection or any other things that have been brought up. I am in a very fortunate situation to have a local shop that is also a distributor and sells oline. Due to that they don't fall into many of the trappings some stores do. They price kits and supplies competitively in the store and have as wide of a selection as anyone could ask for. I realize that this is unique amongst hobby stores and has advantages most shops can't duplicate. I still enjoy walking in and discovering something new and know they will have supplies I need. They take pre orders and will hold kits if needed and other things that help out hobbyists, great service not always found online. More often than not I run into a fellow builder to shoot the BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH with for a bit. It's as much of a social experience as a buying trip and I put high value on that. Sitting behind a keyboard simply does not equal the interaction face to face contact does whether it's with staff or fellow hobbyists. That doesn't mean I don't/won't shop oline. I like the fact I generally don't need to.