RE: "Silly"- I took it just as Jessie wrote it; that is, as a bit of "banter"...
The stuff from the late '70s-'80's really wasn't that bad. For example, MONOGRAM'S A-26B Invader STILL compares favorably with ICM's 2019-release. The only REAL difference is in the raised panel-detail on the MONIGRAM kit, and RECESSED panel-detail on the ICM offering. Granted, the ICM kit has benefited in sharper, and somewhat better-defined Slide-Molded execution and detail, with the added plus of EXCELLENT Clear parts. Having said that, the ICM offering IS a better kit, but the MONOGRAM kit will still build into a great model, depending on the builder's expertise. This last is not meant to be "snooty".
My opinion on the EDUARD "Weekend" kits is this:
Yes, for someone who literally wants to complete a model "straight-out-of-the-box", it can, and has been done. I however, literally "work at a snail's pace". I could spend an ENTIRE WEEKEND just looking the parts and the Instructions over before I even remove the first part from the sprue. And most times, not even then. I've gone MONTHS before I've even opened a "new" kit just newly arrived in my mail. So, adding PE and resin parts into the mix adds not one iota of difference for me because I DO NOT and WILL NOT work under any time constraints. I had ENOUGH of that noise back in the '80s and '90s when I was building custom-jobs on consignment. I was buried in work, and I was working 60-70 hours per week on my "regular" job. So finally, I had to tell my customers flat out, "SIX MONTHS wait-time, take it or leave it..."
I don't know if any of you who are following this thread have an EDUARD "Weekend" kit in your possession, but I have the 1/48 EDUARD "Weekend Edition" Spitfire Mk.IXc Early Version, #84137. What came in the box was the kit, of course, Instructions, essentially a "Zoom" PE set #49646, a Mask set #EX413, and a set of decals to complete ONE aircraft, Mk.IXc, Codes WD W, Ser. EN354, flown by 1st Lt. Leonard V. Helton, 4FS, 52FG, USAAF, Tunisia, 1942. (Now WHAT did I do with those Instructions..?)
I also obtained the resin EDUARD "Brassin" #648305 Spitfire Mk.IX Top Cowl "Early" Upgrade for a song, on Ebay, in order to not have to deal with that pesky Top Cowl-problem we discussed earlier in this thread.
So are the EDUARD "Weekend" kits really "minimalist"..? I'd have to vote "NAY". This one at least, included a set of EDUARD Canopy Masks and a "Zoom" PE set, which provides a complete set of Seat Belts, Head and Seat Armor Plates, a few Cockpit "doo-dads", optional Wheel Covers, a Canopy Locking and Release Device, a few Under-Wing details and EDUARD's usual two-piece Instrument Panel, which I'm sure you're all familiar with, by now.
Am I going to splurge and buy EDUARD's gorgeous resin Cockpit for this one? Probably not, simply because there is PRECIOUS LITTLE to be seen once the airplane is buttoned-up, even with the Pilot's Door open and the Canopy Hood in the "open"-position, as well. The purchase of the regular EDUARD PE set for this kit is a definite "MAYBE". (see above) EDUARD's "Brassin" resin Wheels, Exhausts and Prop are more than likely "in the cards", as the saying goes... Do I envision EDUARD's "Weekend" Mk.I (a projected Mk,II and a Mk.V) to be laid out more-or-less in the same fashion? Probably, yes... We'll see...
Has anyone heard anything about EDUARD's "forthcoming" P-51B/C Mustang, F4F Wildcat or P-40B/C, yet..? An all-new P-40E/K would be nice. That HASEGAWA P-40 series ALSO has pesky seams to fill...