In the period between 1956 and 1960, a small number of Tenshodo passenger car kits were imported into the United States by Pacific Fast Mail. They proved to be unpopular, and after a few years, no more were brought in. Here, a breakdown of what was brought in by PFM as reported in “PFM 25 Years of Fine Models” by Phil & Ruth Kohl.
I should note at the beginning that these numbers do not necessarily represent exact quantities. As reported in the Kohl book, only 13 corrugated side car kits were brought in by PFM. Yet, I personally have four Tenshodo kit boxes, two for Kit 600 (baggage) and two for kit 601 (combine). It seems unlikely that I would have cornered the market in such a way, not to mention that only 1 combine was reported and yet I have two boxes for this kit. One of them is a complete, unbuilt kit.
There are a number of possible explanations for this anomaly. First, PFM probably did not have total control over Tenshodo items imported into the United States. The Kohl book is based upon the PFM invoices and freight manifests, but this would have been only for items officially brought into the United States by PFM. Certainly, more than a few Tenshodo items have come into the U.S. packed in the luggage of tourists returning from Japan. So, these numbers are for reference only, and are more probably useful for comparing the general proportions of Tenshodo items in general.items
Corrugated Side Cars (all undecorated); quantities are suspect: