The possibility of GM gearing up for a Chinese market that is known to steal ideas, have 50/50 ventures where young Chinese engineers work alongside US engineers (kind of stealing knowledge again) is kind of scary...will we have to bail them out again?
China’s markets are notoriously, uh, bent to favor China - from large tariffs to forced 50/50 joint ventures. However, GM currently sells more cars in China than in the US (3.9 million vs 3 million). I think they are around 10% of the market, but with numbers like almost 4 million sales, hard to not want to continue in the market.
One big thing driving the change is the auto market outside the US, mainly China. There are millions of affluent Chinese that want clean air to breathe. They will obviously be shifting the pollution from the big cities to the rural parts of the country, but the smog problems in cities may be reduced. If GM wants a part of the largest car market in the world, they better have something to offer.
One (looked to be in excellent condition) sold March 5th on eBay for $38 with two bidders. The kit's value is to Mopar and/or model kit collectors - as it is quite crude as far as details go. $18 dollars for a local sale is probably good. EBay has millions of shoppers - locally, you're probably looking at a few people.
That's what I thought. Here is the actual hood, if anybody is interested: %5BURL=http://s966.photobucket.com/user/erikmsmith/media/C0D07D8E-408F-4551-BA28-7F3B067F72E0_zpsth9wfqoy.jpg.html] The other resin parts are Clarisse's body. The rear window block outs are actually styrene.
Does the other Gunze Sangyo/Airfix kit have the earlier model resin parts like the Lupin III version? I have actually seen the The Castle of Cagliostro movie a number of times - the model is from that specific movie, I don't know if Clarisse was running from the Count in the 2CV in the series. The car is destroyed very quickly as it goes off a cliff.
I've used both the scratch filler and sandable quite a bit. The scratch filler isn't really that thick - unless you spray it on really...thick. The scratch filler, however, in my experience, is not as "hot" as the sandable and does not ghost nearly as much as the sandable...but, I also have experienced some adhesion issues with the scratch filler. After priming, sanding, priming, painting, I have had masking tape peel paint - primer and all - when I used the scratch filler as a base. Could be random - but the sandable definitely does not peel. So the sandable is my go to.
Doyusha has a few early 70s Nissan Sunny models, close...? %5BURL=http://s966.photobucket.com/user/erikmsmith/media/F66BA091-A7CE-4904-9A08-1AFD6053313F_zps4rud4awo.png.html] The Doyusha kits are pretty crude and, well, they suck...but, starting point I guess
Weird guy. Crook. He's selling recast Hobby Design turbos on one of Fireball Modelworks Holley carb bases! I see a lot of resin garbage on eBay and wonder who buys it - and more interestingly, who leaves a favorable review?