I think you and I are making flip sides of the same point, though I gotta say, if the AFV guys are dyin' out, it ain't quick enough yet to stop manufacturers from sinking cubic dollars into new military tooling. We got a 1/32 B-17 with forty inches of wing on the horizon, which would indicate that the 1/32 B-25 that preceded it found a sufficient audience - to say nothing of manufacturers like Tamiya being rather more ambitious lately with all-new military tooling than it is with autos, or the scads of smaller Cyber-Hobby, AFV-Club, Zveda, ICM, Eduard and Meng- type manufacturers that treat street cars on a very limited basis if they bother with them at all.
On the other hand, Revell's latest Facebook posting has a general observation that "New technology, however, may soon make pattern models a thing of the past" and a staff comment specifically on digital scanning. And I hold that if Revell adapts its process to 3D scans of the prototype, that step alone will raise them to a much more consistent level of "awesomeness" even if they don't change a single other aspect of their current design m.o.
No, I didn't really mean it like that, like military modelers are dying off, but that the "older, more discerning enthusiast" element is shifting the military genres towards the uber-kits. New tooling drives military and aircraft modeling, since you're pretty much selling to the same crowd, you have to give them something new. Reissues don't work on them the way they work on car modelers. Although, I gotta say, the recent Renwal resurrections by Revell, especially the Atomic Cannon, are selling like hotcakes, and more to the nostalgic crowd, not as much to the serious military guys. But the Atomic Cannon was pretty much an uber-kit in its day.
And IMHO, the HK 1/32 B-17 would have been much more awesome had it been 1/48. We need a new-tool 1/48 B-17. At 1/32 it's just a little too much awesomeness for most folks to afford, or to even have the display space for. I've seen plenty of folks pass on the newer Revell 1/32 German twins just simply because they lack the space for them, and they're dirt cheap kits compared to most current 1/32 stuff.
I'm just happy we're finally getting an accurate (I hope!) 1/48 Spit IX from Eduard. That's as awesome as anything outside of the car world to me.