...not that Very Fire misled anyone. It is that you, as a consumer, did not do your homework.
Did you look for the basic kit photos on the Internet? Did you post inquiries about the kit on message boards like this one? Did you look into Very Fire's release history?
Following the initial release of their 1/350 Missouri kit, Very Fire announced that future releases would include deluxe kits with full photo-etch and other potential goodies and a basic kit with little or no photo-etch or other add-ons. IIRC, I read that announcement here. Very Fire has implemented this policy consistently over the last few years. In 1/350, this has meant that the basic kit arrives first and the photo-etch and deluxe kits follow a few months later.
I have purchased a number of basic 1/350 Very Fire kits and have not hung around waiting for them to produce dedicated aftermarket products. I have purchased their 1/350 Wisconsin and plan to build it using some WEM and GMM photo-etch. Most recently, I have purchased their excellent 1/350 Cleveland and Birmingham kits and have acquired Tom's Modelworks PE sets to complete them. As a modeller, you are limiting yourself if you only look at what comes in the kit box or at what the kit manufacturer makes available.
I believe that just because this kit does not fit your needs does not mean that it does not fit someone else's. Someone else may have their eyes set on certain third party aftermarket items. Others may want to kitbash. For some, this may be the best kit they feel like they can afford.
Parts not included in the kit are sold as aftermarket parts by Blue Ridge. Unethical. Maybe all the upgraded photo-etch and wood deck should have been sold separately like so many other companies do. If you donít like their mold injected offering you can upgrade. It should not be we sell you a kit and you must upgrade.
I would ask you what you think but obviously you are side stepping the issue. But do go on make excuses and possibilities. There is no substitution for honesty and being ethically forthright. I am not interested in preserving false image of those companies and people who are not. Only makes more victims down the road.
I guess maybe somebody should have said the kit is missing parts to complete an accurate kit instead of swooning.
I will buy the after market parts to complete the kit for I fell into the tiger trap but I wonít buy Very Fire again. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
I guess I would say it's up to one's tastes to buy the cheaper version.
I suppose one could buy it for conversion or fantasy (what if) purposes - and does not really care about the small weapons in question if one is so inclined.
I suspect many builders will simply build it as is and be happy about it. But, who's to say?
Because itís a joint product of Blue Ridge and Very Fire and inaccurate because of the missing parts. But behold ! Blue Ridge just so happens to make the missing parts with the exception of the floater net baskets and for more money than the expensive version you can buy the 3D printed 1/700 parts and bring your inexpensive kit up to date. Geez what a planned manipulation.
Tamiya may not be a terribly accurate offering but a least it was a best attempt of an honest offering which can not be said of Very Fire and Blue Ridge
There was a discussion down the board a bit about lack of shielding on the 40mms and floater net baskets on the basic version of the kit.
However, if one invests in the deluxe version of the kit, everything is present. The included PE adds everything one needs - Nothing needs to be added aftermarket. In addition, the detail on the kit is outstanding - light years ahead of the old Tamiya version.