Most ship modelers expect to see kits made in the USA and in Western Europe. With expanding trade, we’re even seeing some kits from Easter Europe and Asia. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to discover wooden ship model kits being made in Japan.
There is basically only one wooden ship model kit maker in Japan, a company called Woody Joe. I’m only guessing that the name kind of implies an American style influence to the Japanese market. Certainly, it’s not an attempt to appeal to an American market, since they don’t currently sell to their products in the US.
That doesn’t mean you can’t get them, however. Through the “magic” of the Internet and the ease of use of Ebay, Woody Joe kits can be easily purchased in the US. However, Ebay dealers understand that the kits aren’t available in stores here and expect that American’s don’t have access…
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