David, you are so right. A group I participate in, has the use of a room inside a Michael's for meetings. On my first time attending, I had to check out the model section. The car selection was disappointing. I almost picked up Revell's 1/48 Strike Eagle. With coupon, it would have been $26 + tax. Tax in Ontario is pretty steep at 13%. I rummaged through the kits for a bit longer and found a C7R pushed to the back of a shelf, behind other kits. Now that was more like it. With coupon and tax, it came to $20 and change. i was lucky on that one. Not much else was really current. A friend told me that it has been over a year since there was a reset. I guess they really are not focused on the model building hobbyist.
When I was tempted by one, it was more for the wheels and tires. Although I had not seen them, I assumed they might be passable. in the end, never did get one. That Mercedes V12 looks more than crude to put it kindly. You might be insulting the recipient car. LOL
Dan, here is a rather twisted thought. Why not just build it as it is. No putty, no filling, no sanding. Let the parts fit/glue together as they may. This will actually display the pure quality of this masterpiece of a kit. A while back, my LHS had stacks of the LEE version of this kit. I can't remember the exact price they were asking for it. It was $10 or less. They just sat there and sat there. They practically couldn't even give them way. They sell a lot of Tamiya product at that LHS, so car guys were well aware of questionable origins of the kit.
Man, am I jealous Ron. Maybe if I make room on my credit card, I can start ordering from HLJ or similar. I buy Revell kits from my LHS, but Japanese kit pricing is prohibitive. Would it be possible to get a peek at what's inside the RSR box please?
Extremely nice masking and paint job on this iconic 956. Well done! John Winter was Louis Krages, a German businessman/racer. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Krages NewMan was a French label of men's fashion clothing. Sorry, no secret identity here.