Think it's save to assume, that we won't see test shots of new kits, on the boards anymore.
To me, as a enthusiast, that is a loss of excitement, but from a manufacturers point of view, quite understandable.
The reason why is very obvious, let me explain....
While the product is still in the development phase, board members here will start the game, of finding the most discrepancies, this in turn, will lead to a bickering game, between them and those, who like the model as is, but foremost... and that's something we're not able to see in print, how many modeling lurkers here, will be scared off from buying the kit and also, who knows how much this board weights, on in the casual small talk at your favorite hobby shop, or circle of hobby friends, be it in person, FB or other social media, loosing again possible sales.
Look at it this way, when a model buddy, shows you his latest project in the making, are you gonna go and humiliate him in public for something he missed like putting the directional tires the wrong way?
Another one is, you did something wrong at work, is your boss gonna reprimand you, in front of all of your colleagues, or is he going to take you aside, or into his office and have a chat with you.
And the last one, if you're self employed, did a job for a customer, are you going to be happy, when that customer pulls out all stops and goes mass media, when you delivered something that didn't meet his or her expectations?
IMHO some of knowledgeable people here, in whatever field of expertise, should do some soul searching and start thinking about offering their discrete services to model companies, by sending in their resume.
That way the R&D crew, has a much bigger network of knowledgeable people, to fall back on, people they can use for specific projects, who can help filter out the bugs, before the product goes to market, but be warned, that time, tooling and budget restrictions, will and I repeat WILL keep you from having the perfect model kit, it doesn't exist and will never happen.
Your reward, I'm sure will be an advance copy of a production kit and eternal fame in your own mind ;^)
Again this isn't about right or wrong, it's about voicing concerns in a different more positive way, will it work, I do hope so.