Will there come a day I no longer have to repeat this stuff so frequently? One can dream...
If a manufacturer doesn't generate new product, we're gonna run out of reasons to make new purchases. New tooling is not something we're lucky to get, it's what a manufacturer had better generate if it wants to stay in business. And while they'll never produce the perfect kit (that once again, nobody is asking for in the first place), it'd be helpful if they got the more obvious stuff down.
The tooling for this kit is 100% virgin steel, nothing in common with the '96 deuces except basic master patterns for the body and running gear. While they were going to the trouble to cut an entirely new tool, Revell could have made this more accurate to the subject AND enhanced its desirability to the trad crowd simply by making a front beam axle. If they're pinching pennies on new master patterns, surely the BIg Deuce's axle could have been used as a rough master?
We'll just set aside the rear axle that has airbags even though it is a new, wider piece, the rear suspension arms and frame reinforcement that don't quite match, and the lack of external door hinges - you don't really see the former and you can scratch up that last in about 90 seconds with scrap plastic. Heck, you've even got a decent start at the hood sides in the previous high boy kit.
The beam axle is the chief gripe, and you don't need a caliper to see it. It's a prominent inaccuracy for the Roaster and a desirable piece denied to many who would have gladly bought this kit for it. To dare to discuss this omission is not to harp on minutiae, it's not counting rivets, it's not the same as calling every mainstream offering "so horrible" or any other slope that grinds to a quick halt no matter how much anyone pretends it's slippery.
Y'know, despite all the criticism to date, manufacturers keep doing obvious things like this to invite more criticism. That fact alone should make it remedially clear that kit criticism has nowhere near as much effect on a company's bottom line as say, swings in the economy, the fickleness of big-box retailers, and the occasional DOA subject choice.