Yes, that's just the way it is..whiners gonna whine, haters gonna hate. I don't understand why the hobby is a magnet for cheapskates..I don't see that in other pastimes/interests I'm involved in.
I've wondered that exact same thing myself- or the guy will splurge in one area or another to offset a 'pricey' kit. (IE- the modeler will buy top-notch, brand name paint and never spend more than ten bucks on a kit, no matter how nice it is, or vice versa). I see it this way... Which is cheaper.... building a model the way you want it, or building the 1:1 the way you want it? Looking at it from that perspective (as I do) I'd say car modeling is a pretty cheap hobby. I'm just hoping what James says holds true- that these will have better chassis detail than the AMT Showroom Replicas series. If the '10 Mustang Convertible snap kit is any indication, I'd say there's nothing to fear in that regard.
Funny how people who complain about these choices are also the first to jump up on the Tamiya (or whatever Japanese company) band wagon over what are essentially expensive curb sides (with exceptions of course) and sing to high heaven their praises.
Thank you! I'm just sick of hearing of the supposed superiority of Tamiya models in general... on average, they're no better or worse than any of the other Japanese kit manufacturers (in fact I'd say I generally favor Fujimi kits over Tamiya kits as far as Japanese kits go, though Aoshima is giving them all a run for their money these days), nor are they much better or worse than anything produced by any other kit manufacturer from any other country. Unless you're talking Ferraris- Tamiya has great Ferrari kits down to a science. Tamiya has quite a few shining stars... and their share of stinkers, same as everybody else. Sure, they get the body and interior details right most of the time, but you're paying for that with simplification elsewhere in most places. Weird how companies like Revell get bashed for simplified subassemblies, but when Tamiya does it, nobody bats an eyelash...