Yeah...that was "interesting"... I am not likely to preorder anything again.
(David below--he meant Type 21. The infamous Dragon Antelope kit.)
: I particularly loved the Dragon
: 1/700-that-wasn't-1/700 RN Type 1 Frigate!
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: All great answers below. I wish to submit
: "illustrative" specific case from
: off the top of my head.
: PitRoad/Skywave made one of the first
: injection 1/700 Arleigh Burke Flight I kits.
: Later, Dragon bought the mold. Still
: later, Dragon now wished to produce a new
: Flight IIA version. That has a helicopter
: hangar just forward of the flight deck,
: which the earlier flights lack. Dragon did
: what was simplest/cheapest...they replaced a
: section of the earlier PitRoad kit's after
: superstructure piece with a new hangar piece
: design to fit the old piece's footprint.
: The only "trouble" with this is
: that the real hangars on the real ships
: extend somewhat farther aft than that
: footprint of that Flight I kit piece Dragon
: replaced, making their hangars too short.
: (Fractionally, but folks noticed.)
: When Trumpeter then released their all new
: tooled 1/700 Flight IIA, part of "the
: buzz" was, "They fixed the hangar!
: They fixed the hangar!"
: Dragon's decision to modify existing molds
: already in their possession was "sound
: business practice," but it made for an
: inaccurate kit. Trumpeter got to
: "capitalize" on Dragon's
: experience when they decided to do their own
: new tooling of the subject. (They then made
: a few errors of their own, but they do have
: more accurate hangars.)
: One way these things happen. Many more as
: submitted below.
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: This isn't a bash Trumpeter post, nor is it
: post suggesting I know what I am talking
: about, but I have a question that I hope
: someone has some insight into:
: When manufacturers engineer a kit, why are
: there so many errors? I see people on this
: board that can quickly identify what is
: wrong with a kit. If these people on this
: board can do it, why can't a manufacturer
: see what is wrong? Why can't they notice
: that their kit is not as correct as it can
: be? I realize that perfection is probably
: not realistic, but it is amazing to me some
: of the errors I have seen pointed out by
: this board.
: Aren't there enough pictures, plans, etc
: that they can engineer a reasonably accurate