I have a number of those kits.........I sought them out after I bought my 1/1 scale Smart Fortwo. The kit is the Euro car which shares nothing with the US model body wise and few mechanicals. I owned two of them and sold both but never for few of it's safety. I sold them because I was 4-5 hours from a dealership and MB made many items on the car serviceable only by MB.....which I dislike so sold them. But when I owned them and was active in the Smart car clubs I saw a number of photos of real Smarts involved in bad wrecks.....they did shed wheels and tires as such and even some of the plastic panels but even in wrecks involving much bigger vehicles, even a few 18 wheelers, never a serious injury.....not among club members. I think they are safe.....but a PAIN to maintain.
I bought a 1/43 die cast car from a seller in the UK once. It was sent registered mail as it was not cheap. Seller put 'gold car' in customs description. (it was a Lotus painted gold) Needless to say it never made it to me. Got my money back but USPS was not really interested in finding out the what or why it went missing. Pretty sure they know they have thieves on staff but easier to pay out than find issue.
I used to visit Hobby Town store when I traveled. I had 6-7 stores I'd visit on a regular basis. ALL are closed now. A franchised hobby shop is not a good thing.....you pay a percentage of your sales to someone else??? Margins are slim enough already. This from someone that ran shops for many years.
Wait a minute........I am a big winner and I only been in one casino!!!!! In 2014 the HET National convention was held at a resort that had a small casino. One day we had about two hours to kill....the casino was ice cold (it was almost 100 outside) so we went in the casino......never been to one since I was in Vegas with my folks at age 5. put a dollar in the penny slot machine.....played for almost two hours....walked away with $1.78....almost doubled my money!!!