< See the joint! Of all place they had to make the joint here. Once puttied and sand, the fine detail of the rubber floor mat is gone!
< Below is the next joint problem! The steering column do not flush with the front panel! Lots of super glue here and then putty it when set. The super glue is to make sure the parts do not come apart in the future.
Sad news for Imai's Fan
Japan's Imai Hobby has gone bankrupt. This is, remarkably, the fourth time the company has gone under in the past 25 years, but this time, there will be no recovery. Japan's bankruptcy laws impose a liquidation upon a firm that has failed repeatedly to get their business back on its feet.
Imai had an extensive and diverse product line, most notably in Harley-Davidson motorcycle kits, wooden sailing vessels, traditional Japanese architecture and character-related merchandise from shows like Thunderbirds, Gotchaman, Mospeada, Orguss and most recently, Speed Racer. We understand that Bandai has already indicated an interest in purchasing some of these toolings, but we are a long way away from learning what will happen to all of the companies assets.
Imai was partner to a licensing agreement with Harley-Davidson that made them the sole manufacturer of Harley bike kits to the North American market. Let's hope that this will open the window for Tamiya or some other major to license this attractive brand and turn out some great kits for global distribution.