Of course, the main problem with producers making kits is piracy. A dubious buyer procures a cheap "blank" and from it makes guns, boats, hulls, and other parts--using the blank as a basis. It is possible to do this with completes, but many are reluctant to disassemble a $120 model to make parts.
Besides, no maker likes to see his/her work butchered, as can be the case when some try to make castings and/or offer ersatz models that are poor imitations by way of materials used or colors employed. Yes, buyers have a right to do as they will, but once a model is modified enough--it is no longer of a given brand. Nonetheless, some will claim it's a Neptun, Mercator, or other brand... when it is not even in the same league.
There are points to be made on the other side regarding kits, but at least the debate should be civil enough to include the actual name of posters. I detest cowardice, and I saw that happen during the debate on these issues. Let us not behave like that here. Not now.... Not ever.
Paul, I know you might not like me addressing this issue here. But fairness is fairness, and your treatment was bullshit. Look, I've been in your face when I thought you were wrong. But those were direct and honest replies. I never hid behind a false moniker. But there you go. Civility has many forms, not that I have ever been accused of being civil.
George/hardly a peace-maker