The Kit Picking Conundrum - Your Thoughts?
Hypothetical Question: Which is my best choice to buy and build? Why?
Assume price is irrelevant. Aftermarket support available for all versions. Subject matter is of the obsessive compulsive nature for modeler.
Factor in modeler greatly dislikes spending time of reference research or building infinitesimally insignificant fiddle bits.
A) Old kit, simple construction, simple instructions, good fit, lacks detail, with PE & aftermarket detail can be raised to “good” but not exceptional level. In 1973 was state of the art kit. Accurancy of kit is looks OK but not correct for any specific time period. Familiar with build sequence having done one before. Within currect skill level. Build time estimate ~150 to 175 hours.
Completed results will be 95% likely to satisfy modeler. Peers will probably view build as waste of time. Peer disapproval 95%
B) Good kit, straight forward construction, good instructions, very good fit, has outstanding detail was state of the art in 2005, has needed PE parts. Accurancy of kit is 99% correct for time period. Within currect skill level. Build time estimate ~225 to 275 hours.
Completed results will be 80% likely to satisfy modeler. Peers will probably view as reasonable. Peer approval 65%
C) Best kit, complex construction, absolutely terrible error filled instructions, excellent fit, has current state of the art detail, has needed PE parts. Accurancy of kit is 99.9% correct for time period. Barely within currect skill level may exceed with tiny PE parts that can be inhaled. Build time estimate ~300 to 350 hours.
Completed results will be 100% likely to satisfy modeler. However, 25% chance project gets beached on the shelf of shame with 15% chance modeler quits hobby for one to five years if project goes badly based on past events. Peer approval 99%
D) Revamp the Old Original 1973 kit and rebuild it with PE Build time estimate ~250 + hours.
Completed results will be 85% likely to satisfy modeler. Peers will view as foolish. Peer approval 0%
Best Build Choice?
- A - Build new 1973 kit
- B - Build new 2005 kit
- C - build newest best state of the art kit
- D - revamp old 1973 kit