The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Well then maybe they should have bought one when it came out. If there are still dozens of them floating around at this point in 1st line retail sales (Hobby Lobby, LHS, etc) then clearly the buying frenzy wasn't to the point where people were lined up outside of their local vendors like they were 14 y/o girls buying N'Sync tickets. Don't give me the financial sob story either, the '30 Ford was known about - thanks to the newspaper article about Revell where the mock-up was sitting in the background - for almost a year before it came out. Then there was over a 3 month warning on the basis of the quarterly flyer. If you couldn't scrape together the $22 over the course of 3-12 months, then frankly you probably don't need to have ANY hobby. This relentless - "Oh it'll be cheaper later" bit a bunch of you on the backside.
This reissue gets you an entire second engine (not just the intakes, but a whole block and everything) that none of the other kits have, so you do get some parts box fodder if nothing else. And while there are a glut of these kits in their various boxings on eBay at and shows, the kit Round2 did (I just looked at mine) was done in 2008. 9 years seems like a reasonable amount of times between reissues, especially considering this is a particularly nice kit IMHO...
Yeah the current HiLux Surf and Terrano make no mentions of the LHD stuff, but it's still in there. The ETV Series was all of their "SUVs" - I put that in quotes because the RAV4 and CRV are in there too - that they put roof lights and brush guards and all sorts of other ridiculous "off road" parts into...which made them "tuned" and "exciting". Those kits were later all reboxed into a series called "The RV"...cause their idea of a Recreational Vehicle and ours, are a wee bit different.
The "4Runner" (aka HiLux Surf) should also have a styrene LHD dashboard as did the Nissan "Pathfinder" (Terrano), as the kits still carry them, American SATCO just provided the U.S. Spec decals (4Runner/Pathfinder).
I believe it does indeed come with wheels and brakes amongst other things. But there's no updating of anything for 2016, they've decided to go with making the "most accurate" 2015 car possible for $145 of stuff you can throw at a glorified toy.
The MG kits exist as I have both of them in Aoshima boxes, there are little race versions of both of them as well. They belonged to a "Euro Series" that Aoshima did that was a bunch of reboxed stuff. Four MGs from Airfix, the RevellAG Jaguar XK120, and Mercedes 230 Station Wagon.
As mentioned American SATCO was the U.S. Distributor for Aoshima at the time and they sold a few Aoshima kits in their own packaging and make resin lump "LHD Conversions" for several other Aoshima kits.
Here are the kit contents. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10215269/10/0 Similar to other efforts by Tamiya to repackage old kids in new boxes (this has new P/E), like the Gr. 5 Capri that's an old motorized kit that for reissued the same year. Or the various "new" Porsche 956 with new liveries over the years, but that kit was tooled up in 1984.
The Tamiya kits are also very basic 50 piece curbsides from 30+ years ago, and these are full detail and of course being aimed at a European audience. They clearly made the required profit off their Mini Cooper and VW Beetle kits that were ever so slight variations on existing Tamiya kits.
One thing I don't see in those pictures, that I did see in someone elses is the Talbot Record is being reissued by Heller. I was hoping once this mass reissue campaign started they'd get around to kicking it back out as well.
Makes sense that if the Bel Air came after the 150, and that was the last way the body tooling was run in 2010, AND they changed vendors it might not have been known that the wrong body sides were still in the tool. Now who got the advanced run of the kit Stateside, and didn't bother to inspect to make sure it was correct...that's another story. I mean the reissue was late as it was - since it was a 4Q release and didn't come out until January. That extra (at least) 30 days should have been used for better things.