Do we ever hear from the guys who designed the kits? Do we ever hear tales of what it was like to take an airplane or tank (or whatever!) design and covert it to a plastic kit? So far, I've never read anything by anyone who worked for any company ... no tales of how hard it was to reverse-engineer a given design, or what discussions went on during the process of figuring out where to put the tabs so the thing could be glued together?
Alkso, I seem to recall my Gulfhawk kit having retractable landing gear. The prop would spin, but if I pulled it out a bit it engaged a gear and the Boeing landing fgear would fiold into the fuselage. Was there a patent for that landing gear? For the wing-swing mechanism on the X-5 kit?
Seems to me that maybe there's untapped resources in this question.