...since the only known photo of the 82nd AB jeep does not show a radio, or a wire cutter, why ding DML for not including one in that specific release?
Another observation: if one was to go the after-market etched brass route (Eduard or Aber), for the armor, INSTEAD of the scratch-build route, wouldn't the cost come close to, or exceed, DML's asking price?
And, who pays full retail in the age of the internet, E-bay, and the plethora of model shows that many of us attend on a regular basis? Yadda-yadda, etc.
Back in the day, folks moaned about the second Tamiya Jeep due to what was then considered a high price. After all, Italeri had a perfectly nice rendition available for a fraction of the price of the Tamiya kit.
Is history repeating?