it's what we do right?
I started modelling as a tween in the 80's. Initially on Matchbox's tri-colour 1/72 kits then moving onto Revellogram, AMT, DML (later became Dragon), a few Hasegawa and possibly even a Tamiya. When I got back into modelling about 10 years ago there were a few new manufacturer's on the scene with even more coming since.
30 years ago gaps, seams, poor fitting and occasionally chunky out of scale parts etc were considered part of modelling and considering how kit moulds were designed and made it would be a surprise if their wasn't at least a few issues here and there. Modern kits are now usually done in CAD programs which usually minimises fit and other design issues. We modellers as a group are becoming spoiled for quality not seen even on kits produced 15-20 years ago, and it's producing what in my eye's a scarily growing trend of modellers just giving up and tossing kits into the garbage because they require a little more work, skill, time or combination of all three. Personally I've never chucked a kit because of its quality, and when presented with a challenging kit I either A: persevere and feel great at achieving an end result the was challenging and skill building or B: if I feel I do not currently have the skills/equipment to do the subject justice it gets temporarily added to the shelf of doom.
So why do some builders bin a kit? These are some of the reasons I have seen posted on FB groups and model forums
-They that they feel they are to time poor to add extra time to the build.
-They just like relaxing builds and are happy maintaining X Level of skill.
-After spending X amount of dollars they are disgusted at having to spend extra time or more dollars at fixing an imperfect kit.
A few points here, in the internet heavy modern society its quite easy to spend even just 5 minutes researching a kit for it flaws or a spending 10-15 minutes to find out a recommended kit for a particular subject and skill level. My personal first stop is Scalemates.com. Scalemates in an excellent database with links to reviews to most kits available to todays market.
So what to do if you find yourself with a kit you don't want anymore? Unless it has been heavily damaged (and even then maybe) someone local (or maybe not local) may want it, hell if its still in relatively early build stages you might be able to get a few bucks back for it, even its 90% built someone may still want it for parts to replace their own damaged bits or for a scratch build. So before binning it please ask on forums, local FB groups or local model clubs if someone wants its, at the very least you might make someone happy with it and you might just be able to get a few bucks back.