So why is it that the Japanese (and other Asian manufacturers) are managing whereas domestic corporations can't seem to cut the mustard ? Is it possible that had domestic manufacturers gone to the trouble of developing a quality line of products that they would have created a sustaining clientele as well as an underlying support structure, such as the magazines--online or print--which you mentioned ?
When I think of Revell I think of box scale, ho-hum quality and few choices, never mind Aurora or Lindberg, both of which are as defunct as Nichimo. Contrast that with what the Japanese consortium established around the early '70's. That investment--though not the beginning of 1/700th, of course--has certainly paid off. It may be true that Japanese company structure places more control in the hands of--you know--actual people rather than some corporate investment spreadsheet but that sounds like an argument against the latter and in favor of the former. After all: which companies are pumping out all of those products we keep hearing the killjoys tell us won't sell ?
It also sounds like the echo chamber you refer to is actually a corporate conference room somewhere in the United States. You'd think they'd try to manufacture a product someone would want to buy. If the Japanese can do it, why can't Americans ? Perhaps, like certain crops and in the age of mass communications and worldwide transportation systems, the modeling capital of the world resides somewhere towards the WestPac rim.
Kinda gives a new gloss to the term 'WestPac widows', doesn't it ?