GM never really wanted to sell the SS. In exchange for billions of export subsidy from the Australian government, GM had to export Australian built Holdens. So what they did was to export the bare minimum number of SS to satisfy the subsidy agreement.
Speaking of Academy, they also started out by copying Tamiya's kits. The 959, the M635 CSi and the Countach LP500S can still be found in their Korean lineup. http://academy.co.kr/1p/1p_plalist.asp?pPage=2&pView=PLA0000005&pScale=
For all the Photo Bucket bashing, people should realize hotlinking your photos from PB (or any other photo hosting services) to forums, blogs, web sites etc. consumes their bandwidth while generating zero income to them. Every single image page load on said forums, blogs, web sites etc. is a toll on their resources. With the amount of photo hosted on their service, the bandwidth consumption must be huge. I am surprised it took this long for them to nix it, at least for free accounts.
There is also John's Hobbies in Toronto and Panther Hobbies and Trains in Mississauga. http://www.johnshobbies.ca http://pantherhobbies.com/ There used to be hobby shops that sell mainly Japanese kits in Pacific Mall. It has been 5 years since I last visited Toronto so I don't know if they are still around.
The Carina really baffles me. Other than it raced in Macau I don't really understand why Beemax would want to kit it. If I were asked to come up with a Super Touring subject, the Audi A4 or the Alfa 155/156 would be my only choices. The rest would be tough sells, eventhough I'd really want a Vauxhall Cavalier or Mansell's Mondeo.