Model kits today are like everything else, expensive for what they are. This is a series four model. When I was in my early-mid-teens, a series four model cost four pounds. This model was one of the first I bought, and even then, I knew it didn't match how the Bismarck really was. However, on a shelf it looked okay, and still will to ten or eleven years old children. However, if you want an accurate replica, buy one of the better 1/700 models.
This model was designed about fifty years ago, when model production was in it's infancy. Back then, plastic kits weren't available in their thousands as they are now, Airfix were forging ahead, making good kits of historically important vehicles, but accuracy was something they were poor at. Some kits were better than others, in my opinion, this was one of the weakest, simply because it was one of the first.
Bismarck, Hood, Nelson, Warspite, Scharnhorst. All very famous ships, even more so in the 1960s, and all in the first few years of producing small scale models. This had never been done before, and it wasn't easy back then. So, there are gaps between pieces, it needs filling, it's not the most accurate. It's fifty years old, what do you expect?
However, I do have a problem with Airfix charging so much for very old kits which are clearly showing their age. Kits like this should be marketed as vintage or classic, which I've said for quite some time, and which other firms, Revell and Italeri, have done. As a result, they should cost less. Essentially, they are kits to start off with, and if you get kids hooked on building kits like that, they'll move on to better ones.
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