Recently, Iíve posted some reviews of older kits. In both cases, a few comments were posted that itís a waste of time to review older kits. So, I thought I would just provide a few comments about why, and how, I choose to post reviews.
A few years ago, I stumbled across this forum when looking for a kit review. I had never built armor kits, at that time, so reviews were needed. After spending time in the forum, I eventually liked what was available and became a paying member.
Seeing all the resources available on this site, I decided that I would like to contribute something as a way of saying ďthank-youĒ to everyone for all the help I had been, and continue to be, given. Even though I had never done so before, I thought that I would contribute some in-box kit reviews.
My first step was what kit(s) to review? I made a list of the kits I had accumulated in my stash. After all, you canít review a kit if you donít have it. I compared that list with all the reviews available on Armorama. That gave me an initial starting list to work from. I update this list every time I add a new kit.
My belief is that I should not have to go to any other site to get a kit review. I should be able to find everything I need on this site.
Now, what kit to write a review on? I have an easy way to choose. If the kit Iím planning to start, usually related to a Campaign Build, doesnít have a review posted on the site, then Iíll put one together. I always check on Scalemates to see how many reviews are available. How many are in English. How many are video reviews. So, yes, I know what is out there. But, bottom line, if there is no review on Armorama, then I put one together.
Based on these criteria, the age of the kit doesnít matter. It only matters if there is, or is not, a review on the site.
Iím not a big fan of video reviews. I do watch them. But, they donít give me the information I want in a review. So, I decided to write my reviews in the format I would like to be reading. So, therefore, I take the instructions and write a short summary for each step and add information to give background on the different options that are available.
Therefore, even if there is a video review of the kit on the site, Iíll still add my written review to the database. That way the user can choose the format they prefer.
So, when someone complains why I reviewed a 20 year old kit, here is your answer. I didnít write it for you. I wrote it for the person looking for a review of the kit that will bring them to this site, and hopefully, they will then join (if not a member) after having a chance to see what we have to offer.
Everything in my stash, about 25 kits as of now, was purchased in the last two years. So, even these older kits are readily available.
I donít get paid to write reviews. No one gives me these kits. I do this on my own time, with kits I purchase, as a way to give back to my fellow members, and just maybe get someone new to join. To date, Iíve had 10 reviews posted, with number 11in the next few days.
Sorry this was so long.