Some years back now as some of the then newer entrants came into the market, there were many, including myself who believed that the Oz hobby could not sustain the amount of them each competing against each others, especially as over time there became the duplication of many models and the so called increased competition has done nothing to help in stemming the rising costs of models. Likewise if one was to look at the factory situation in China, compared to how it was at the turn of this decade, the number of factories over there that can produce models at reasonable costs and with the quality that is wanted and desired have also decreased, none of which has helped a race that has in affect had contestants pull up lame.
Like many others I know, I have taken stock of what has gone on and what I actually have in regard to models and what I have any perceived needs for, I have some money put aside for any future models that interest me, but what I have found that its very hard to justify paying out the increased costs for models as we see them these days. This I do not believe is the fault of the importers as they are forced to pay the money and also under very different rules imposed by the factories these days, making the end cost very hard to estimate let alone guarantee.
There are some models that I would like, but I seriously doubt that I will ever obtain owing to costs but at least I have enough as it is to run all I want to, with a fair variation of mixes.
One other factor, at least for me, and I know others will disagree on this but, thing is that what I have found with some recent releases, is the amount of errors that I find very much of a type that is a distraction. When I notice at first, I am ever drawn to them when I see them both on my layout and on others as well. Some of these errors should not be there maybe, some are part of what is called compromises to allow for running or the like, but I wonder how much discussion and looking at alternatives could have been considered with these problems. Many of which would have seriously been pointed out as little as 6 years ago.
Its not just a matter of having a model that "looks" like xxx at a distance but one that you can place on a layout and view from the arm length or 1 metre in distance from it, and not notice it. The cost and basic mistakes/errors have many with wallets that have closed.