Has the Aftermarket Taken All the Hard Work Out of Modeling?
Today's modern kit builder wants for nothing. The market is saturated with just about every necessity and luxury one can imagine. In the old days, when Testor's tube glue was still an item on our shopping list, a modeler dealt with most problems in one way: scratch building.
No detail in the cockpit? No plumbing in the wheel wells? No interior in the turret? No other way to fix it than with some sheet styrene, super glue, and ingenuity. All with no references other than what could be found at the local library.
These days, if one encountered the same obstacles, all they have to do is conjure up an internet browser which will take them to their favorite online retailer and purchase the exact bits and pieces they need to enhance their kit. No muss. No fuss. This goes for everything from resin ejection seats to pre-cut painting masks.
I am sure we've all seen the rants on forums decrying AM users as just "assemblers" and not true modelers to which the response is generally that scratch builders are old fashioned tight wads.
So, what side of that coin are you? With the rise of aftermarket possibilities, do you see a disappointment or an opportunity?