I totally agree, and even the model companies should strive for perfection, but we live in an imperfect world. I wouldn't quite say I'm part of the "lunatic fringers" yet but I'm trying real hard and getting to know just how small a group it really is
As far as I can see, just about any kit has basic accuracy if you can roughly put it together and it looks like a car at the end. As a fabricator, its very easy to look at a print and make something mirror image by mistake. There are a lot of shuffling things around and making things in relation to one another. These models aren't being made to save somebody's life with a brain transplant or anything, it's for us to be able to work with in our HOBBY. They make them as decent as they can while still being able to make enough money. So they make an occasional mistake with a door handle or other small thing, that's where we as modelers step in and work our magic. Most of us aren't building models to make money, so we can afford to spend a little extra time on fixing it. If you hang with a group that IS picky enough to notice small things like that, then you can tell them how you made it right to look EXACTLY like the real thing (even though it still won't be exact ). To me, thats all part of what comes with the hobby, the nature of the beast if you will. Bravo to these companys for making the right decisions over the years to still be around to give us more kits to work with
Not that it matters a whole lot, but very few 49 mercs made it to 200,000 miles. People didn't drive NEARLY as much back then. Another thing is you say it has to be domestic and not a sub-compact, but how many VW's were floating around in '69? I guess what I'm trying to get at is what exactly are you trying to capture with the vehicles in this build? 1969 was a whole lot different than now, and I think if you want to really capture the time period you have to open it up more.