I hope you don't think I was getting at you, I wasn't. I just think that when you look at what was available in the 60's, as Andy and myself have been obviously indulging in a bout of nostalgia, we are spoilt rotten nowadays. The Airfix magazine articles are treasured because you couldn't get many kits and all the conversions, especially the excellent articles on the T34, were all we had to fill the gaping holes (not gaps) in our collections. It is true the prices of kits have crept up and up over the last few years, but if you look at the cost of a 1/35 model now - some priced at around £60 - I think we are doing ok, I feel for the larger scale modellers (well only a bit, they still get more stuff than we do). Perhaps if a lobby group was formed and we constructively approached the manufacturers, with thousands of fellow modellers involved, we might get somewhere, but I doubt if that would ever happen as most modellers are happy to pay the money and just get on with their hobby.
Just a few more thoughts on an interesting discussion.
All the best,