hi , elmo that was very intresting reading.
Thanks, yeh, good stuff eh?
I do try very hard not to let myself get suckered into these things (you should see my collection of Napoleonic cavalrymen though!
) which, lets be honest, look absolutely fantastic at first, especially when you see the ad on the TV (as we are meant to be taken in - exactly as per that article suggests) for that finished A1 loco, all shiny, authentically painted and lined out (which is an art in itself - or an expensive sub-contract out-source even IF you manage to put the kit together!)
I think I've also read somewhere too, that perhaps they should offer a pre-partwork tutorial on soldering brass sheet and low-melt solder requirements for white metal parts etc., etc., etc., as something like the A1 Flying Scotsman model would surely have a very wide appeal across all age ranges, but only a few would probably have the knowledge or the skill or the equipment necessary to make a start. :-\