Good for you Dave. The critics on this forum often forget this hobby is for leisure and the passion to build according to your skills and vision is what makes it fun. I can name very few Asian kits that are twice to three times the price of Moebius kits that do not have imperfections or they are curbside...nobody bashes them. And for the price they command, they should be extremely accurate. The beatings you have taken on the Satellite (awesome kit) , the Chrysler 300s, the Ford Pick ups and the upcoming 61 Pontiac hopefully will not prevent Moebius from sharing test shots and investing in future subjects. You have given us kits that most of us old hobbyist have wanted forever...Thank You. I have been purchasing each one as they come out anticipating quality, accuracy and enjoyment and have not been disappointed. Your product planning is outstanding not only for the subjects you chose and listen to what we want, but also from the aspect of different versions to satisfy our wants. The internet and forums enable you to preview test shots, but those who critique and point out imperfections without having the kits in hand are looking for more than expected from this hobby. If it's perfection they want, then maybe they can foot the costs to tool up a model kit. I applaud you and Moebius for giving us terrific kits and hopefully more to come. Thanks for that and setting your company overview straight.
As Bill Geary said, the test shot model was at NNL and is awesome! I saw it, it is dead on. The grill is awesome which has depth. All comments that I heard at NNL was very positive and unless you see it, you can't determine any faults with it. Sorry, but I did not see any major faults and excited that is will soon come our way.
My hat is off to Moebius for a great job on a subject we never had before. I wish people would hold their comments until they have the actual model in their hands. It seems most experts make comments based on pictures that distort the subject.
"Good enough" does not apply to NASA building space vehicles or any automobile manufacturer (and we have seen our share of the recalls in last few years) they have no choice to get it right...peoples' lives depend on it. Who's live depends on a model, for God's sake this is a hobby.
It's good to discuss the weak points of a new model which may alter a modeler's decision to buy it, however...it serves no justice when people in this forum spend so much time on a new kit, that's not even available yet, and it's ripped apart before it's in anybody's hands! To go as far as getting the calculators and slide rulers out measuring a pic of a test shot, that nobody has in their hands, against a picture of the 1:1 vehicle misleads people even further. Example: Moebius' 61 Ventura, I've been wanting this car kitted forever like a lot of us do. But this forum ripped it apart and we haven't seen an update from Dave Metzler since. And I don't blame him because this is a small company giving us what we want.
I hope this is taken as constructive criticism and not taken personally or as an attack. I am 62 years old and building models since I was 9, cars of the 50's, 60's and 70's that were in my years of maturing and loving cars, we are now seeing the voids we have had now being kitted...how cool is that! Don't get me wrong, criticism is good and the manufacturers need to hear us, but keep it within reality...its a great hobby and past time that we have loads of good quality stuff to build, but give the model companies a little bit of slack since they are taking risks and spending some coin to satisfy us.
Niko, I totally agree with you and I appreciate the tolerance that the manufacturers, especially Revell has with the rants in this forum. These are models that we have been wanting for a long time and finally are getting them. Revell has been spending loads of money to produce them, and granted they are not perfect, but these are models and we are modelers who enjoy using our skills to produce a subject as we see them in our eyes. I don't see a problem with the 57 Ford, and I have been building for over 50 years. Revell did a great job with it, but to pick out things that most people don't care about right to misplacing something minor is ridiculous... then every one jumps on the band wagon.
What if Revell decided enough is enough because a new kit is condemned before its release and impacting sales to the point they stop making new subjects...then everyone would be complaining about that! If you notice, Dave Metzler has stopped posting in this forum because of the rants about the 61 Ventura and 65 Satellite ( the trans pan is not correct, the rear axle is too small come on guys give it a break) it was enough for him to keep all updates and pictures off line here. Understanding how much money the model companies are investing in still shakey economics, they should be saluted for coming out with vehicles we have been wanting since we were kids.
Revell maybe be following Mobieus' lead, they are coming out with cars from the fifties and they're not Chevys. Hpw about that! I can't wait for the 57 Ford and the 50 Olds, and if they sell well enough, hopefully more will follow...how about some wagons too!