Yeah, I stopped purchasing Airfix kits altogether because of that. (Italeri as well) I won't even consider their supposedly newly tooled kits either unless they are drastically reduced in price.
Kits retailed here in NZ cost generally twice as much as they do in Europe or the US presumably due to the shipping costs of stock etc.
This kit reminded me of their similar vintage T-80UD which was also originally a Dragon tooled kit.
I received that as a Xmas gift about 6 years ago, and was the only reason that I persevered and modified it to complete it, but vowed never again. Seeing this one headed in the same direction was very disappointing to say the least.
I don't mind building older kits, and/or having to use a bit of filler to clean up joins etc.
That's just modelling, and if it's in it's original boxing you accept that as being a product of it's time. What is unacceptable (to me) is passing off shit like this from the past as being something new, without making any attempt to correct the original assembly flaws... yet still charging prices equal to that of their newly tooled kits when they don't have the same quality of modern molding and engineering techniques etc.
Anyway, that's my whinge, piss and moan for the month over with
22. August, 18:23