"I suggest that the critics be a little "gentle" on the manufacture for there first effort, it's a learning curve for them, suggest rather than complain, praise where due & they will probably produce more UK models of locos that the modeller wants. I get the impression that they are more willing to learn than some."
I agree they do seem willing to learn but also dont forget that they are not new to this. they are former lima workers that watched their company go down the loo.
They did know that the unpainted ends were going to look lousey and they did it anyway. its not like they have made a mistake in the design.
i find bad decisions far less forgivable than the odd detail error here and there.