Here is something from a while back that has gotten lost in all the frenzy of the last 9-12 months.
This particular FW item had an interesting quality to it, or lack thereof. I had to resculpt at least 30% of this... from scratch. The 'tail' section was gone... non existent. Knowing that other instances led to either getting the wrong replacement part, or the same of something that I didn't need (you will hear more on that this week), I just went ahead and sculpted the part that was missing.
The trend in FW has grown more and more disturbing. I don't know if demand is stretching them even thinner, which might be the case, but they won't get any more demand from me. I heard many similar horror stories at Adepticon.
When it takes me less time to make something from scratch than it does to assemble the actual kit, that might be a signal that something is amiss in the production process. We already have a Finecast ban in place. That is why we have been moving further and further away from GW stuff in general.
I am sorry that this post is a somewhat petulant affair, but this morning's FW extravaganza has me wanting to toss that poo all over the room...
By the way, it was also much easier to paint the section that I sculpted. These views show that back 30% quite well. It starts from the rotors backwards.