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    Silvester Man
  1. Chinese tariff war and models

    They can always buy Japanese kits from aboard.
  2. Chinese tariff war and models

    The US economic growth after the oil shock rode on the cheap labour of offshore manufacturing, you cannot really say one is taking advantage of the other. If you want other people to buy your goods, you actually need to export something desirable first.
  3. Cortina

    1/24-ish, with a motorized chassis and half interior plate. First came out in the 70's.
  4. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    Those Beemax easy kits (280zx/M1/RX-7) seem to have shifted to Nunu now. I'm not sure if the Beemax 911 SC RS is a standard kit or easy kit.
  5. Site not secure?

    Username/password will always be a problem, and let's not assume everyone will use a separate username password combo for every web site they sign in to. Can't we just get a Let's Encrypt cert? It is free.
  6. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    Tamiya's "model to watch out for" turned out to be the R/C GR Supra. No word on 1/24 scaled kit as of this moment.
  7. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    It was available in hobby shop here 2 weeks ago, direct import from Japan. Sold out when I reached the shop after work.
  8. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    This is the exact wording from Tamiya: 今回のホビーショーで発表する TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 車両のモデル化と合わせてご注目ください! Literally, "please pay attention to (the Supra) together with the announcement of the modelization of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing vehicle to be made in this hobby show!" We will know soon. The show is only 1.5 week away.
  9. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    Tamiya announced in their Facebook page that they will have the GR Supra in their booth and asked people to "keep an eye for it and the announcement of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing car kits".
  10. Speed City Resin makes some pretty good parts. http://speedcityresin.com/
  11. 2019 Shizouka Hobby Show

    The American series started out as cloned bodies of period Johan and AMT kits for slot cars in the 60's and 70's, then got a generic chassis and interior in the 80's, so my guess is that they are closer to 1/25. You can see the content of the original Impala kit here (site is in Japanese). Note that the original package states that the kit is 1/25. https://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/240223/blog/41365783/
  12. Taxi!, Toyota NTP10 JPN

    For the fender side mirror issue, both of your points apply. Before 1983, the Japanese traffic law stipulated that all outside mirrors must be mounted on the fender for locally produced car, but imported cars were exempted. The law was changed after years of protest from the Japanese manufacturers, but they remain popular choice for the taxis and company/official cars on the believe that the driver can keep the eyes on the road ahead, and more importantly avoid peeking at the passenger, when checking the mirrors. Uber's insurance terms are quite murky. The driver's own insurance will be voided when they accept fare from the passenger. Uber promises to cover the injury or death insurance to the passenger or 3rd party only from the time when the ride is taken in the app to the time the passenger arrives at the destination. They specifically exclude damage to other vehicles or properties in an accident, and injury or death to the drivers. Incentive-wise, the fare is simply not enough to cover fuel and maintenance cost. Keeping a car is a major chore in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka, parking spaces are at a premium and you cannot register a car without proof of it. It is also far more convenient to take public transit, most major cities have a very extensive subway and train network, the smaller ones have very good bus or tram service. Meanwhile in the countryside everyone has a car and the demand for hired driving service is very low. And when the public transport stops running at night, taking a cab is actually a pleasant experience. The drivers are courteous and polite, they charge by the meter, and they don't deliberately take a longer route than necessary to drive up the fare.
  13. Taxi!, Toyota NTP10 JPN

    There is one major point with fender mirrors on taxis and particularly chauffeur driven cars: the driver does not need to look over the passenger side to check the mirror. You won't find them on regular cars any more. Uber and Lyft will die in Japan before real taxis do. Even if we put away the legality and liability concerns, the incentive to drive for them is very low, especially in the cities. In here, unless you drive a Tesla you will not be able to breakeven.
  14. New 1/24 Tamiya kit?

    Aoshima is aiming their snappers to first time modellers, parents getting their kids something quick and easy to build and especially people who are getting back into the hobby after decades of hiatus. It seems to be working fine so far. Fujimi's Car Next series cost more than a full detailed Tamiya kit while Aoshima's are selling for less than 1300 yen, roughly the same as two bowls of ramen. They are in entirely different markets.
  15. New 1/24 Tamiya kit?

    You are discounting the line of six all new 1/32 snap kits they released since the end of 2017, which appears to be one of their upcoming focus. Still, releasing 2-3 new 1/24 molds every 2-3 years is not bad for a 2nd tier manufacturer like Aoshima. And for many of the reissues, they are able to bundle new parts to make them interesting (like the front lip for the AE86 Trueno and the aero bumper for the upcoming Initial D S13 Silvia).