Originally Posted by Adour
Intakes and canopies seem to give diecast manufacturers all sorts of problems. Some of the very worst models intake-wise seem to have sold very well. Corgi's dreadful early 1/72 Lightnings. Century wings fantasy SR-71s, Intruders and even their Tomcats aren't right. All those Dragon and Witty F-15s with the ramps stuck fully up. And the list goes on and on . . .
As ever in this game, what individual collectors will put up with (or in many cases even notice) varies tremendously.
Completely agree, Adour. From some hideous reasons canopies and intakes are often big problem for manus. And not only shapewise ... also in terms of thickness!
I´m thinking about this for long:
We all understand limitations given by diecasting technology. I mean we all know there have to be some minimal technological thickness of diecast parts such as leading edges, wings, landing gears, wing fences etc.
But plastic parts?
Why have to be also plastic parts thick as hell on diecast models?
Why are canopies thick as magnifying glasses?
Or have a look at Flanker / F-14 / F-15 / Mig-25 .... and even the all-new Eurofighter intakes.
Look at F-4 splitter plates.
Look at ALL landing gear doors.
Look at ALL missile fins & wings.
There is virtually no reason for these parts to be so thick. Or is there? Even when diecast uses different plastics from those used in kit modelling, why plastic pieces on diecast models cannot be more (...almost) in plastic kit quality?
Would really like to know manus opinions on this. I think its just the ossified thinking without any factual reason.