Hi Tim, Wow, you are hard at work on this !
Looking at picture 4, I see how it could be intersting to have a synthetic view of all sprues in a table like this, but I find it a bit confusing. Personally, I would mostly check out the sprue by sprue section of a kit, as in picture 1. Still, if the summary table is easy to generate, why not add it as an option ?
One question that seems unresolved is whether this overal review part should be
- a very factual type of entry, where basically one review would be needed per kit (as SM works for the moment, especially with the 'Detailed Contents" section),
- or a more personal review, with more room for opinions, and possibly an averaging system of those opinions.
I think the first option is more in the spirit of SM, and can build on what is already there (1 Kit = 1 Detailed Contents = 1 Open-Box Review). As for the rest of the database, this information could be corrected by new users if it is missing or factually incorrect.
But perhaps to take into account the fact that some particular kits may vary in quality (mostly for flash and for undershot sprues), we could have several "Comments" sections, where any user can add their own comments ("Mine had no flash at all." / "On mine, sprue C was bent and part 45 was detached."
This keeps the SM objectivity (it's a database, not a discussion board), but leaves room for variations in individual kits.
Or, to think about it the other way : what are the things that may change from one individual kit to the next (of the same model in the database) ? Flash, Undershot Sprue, Broken Part,... What else that is related to poor manufacturing process, or bad packaging (in other words, not freak accidents like missing decals or sprue, which the manufacturer should replace) ?
THese are the only 'variables' in an objective review (as opposed to raised rivets, overscale details, etc., which are in the mold), and so perhaps should be the only ones that need different 'opinions' or a different way to rate them (multiple entries, with maybe an averaging or counting).
20. February at 12:17:25