That's exactly what I'm talking about... a little black wash over the raised girder pattern and it would look fine for me.
Everybody, and every model company, has their own definition of what's "good enough". I happen to think that there's enough people like me who won't or can't fiddle with PE to make it worthwhile for somebody to make "good enough" replacement pieces.
I think Flyhawk got the idea; now they make a PE-free version of their latest kits. I still can't fold Wards #1 gun shield though...
So, for now, back to my scrap box looking for something "close enough"...
Thank you for the hope....
: Here's the text of a message I sent to Steve
: in response to some similar thoughts to
: yours, Jim:
: "Now that Trumpeter has released a New
: York kit in 1/700 scale, I will be adding
: cranes for both New York and Texas to the
: design queue (like so many other pre-war
: battleships, the crane configurations are
: unique to each ship) but it will be a few
: months before I can get to them. I hope to
: add New York's fighting tops to the catalog,
: too [about the same time].
: "The catapults may be unprintable in
: 1/700 with present technology. Similar P6
: catapults are offered by another designer in
: 1/350 and they look pretty cartoonish even
: in that scale, certainly not because he
: isn't a talented designer but because
: features have to be thick enough to meet
: printing requirements [if they are too thin,
: they are likely to break during cleaning at
: the factory]. I could design the [1/700
: scale] catapults as solid objects
: replicating the framing as raised features.
: It wouldn't look as good as the PE but it
: would probably be helpful for those that
: have trouble with that material.