I feel your pain George ,for me is similar,I left my beloved 1/700 scale to a comfortable 1/350 size,sadly your approach of less parts and great detail ,IMO ,never is going to happen, the only feasible way is 3D printing,but that will take part of the fun of the modelling process. Less parts,less detail due to mold injection limitation.
The truth is , old modelers need to adapt or die,future is catching us .The future kits will be even more complex,because is the trend overall in the history.As I said earlier ,3D printing will be the other way to go.
As a modeler,I will continue to buy this Flyhawk 1/700 kits,first to support the good job FH is doing and second, to admire the masterpieces of kits.
That is my 2 cents
...video presentations to know that this kit is definitely not for me. There are far too many tiny pieces, and I find that a barrier I simply cannot cross. Kudos to those of you who can still handle the minuscule. Many of us cannot.
It is a question of casting tech. To capture the "Nth" degree of detail in plastic is not easy. The
alloy-based 1/1250 models are exquisitely detailed due to the material used and the casting tech. Plastic casting has come a long way, but the material itself and mass-production moulds have limitations. Ergo, lots of details demand lots of pieces...or massive costs. Or does it?
I think some bright person will come up with a way of making 100-150 piece kits that are every bit as detailed as these current 600-700 piece monsters. I suspect the process will involve a different material and mould-making process, but I won't live long enough to see it. Still, one can hope...