A word about our input to the manufacturers
In the late 90's/early 20's Porsche was struggling to make a profit. With much grumbling and groaning from the Porsche faithful and amid loud complaints of "selling out" and "diluting the brand," they introduced the Cayenne in 2002, which was an instant success. Porsche's move into SUV's has kept the company healthy with a robust range of models. Because of the Cayenne, which nearly everyone knocked, we now have an awesome range of sports car offerings from Porsche today. Porche went through a similar process with the Panamera, which critics howled over. Today, Porsche's diversity keeps it alive and vital. Meanwhile, Porsche has managed to inject a healthy dose of "Porscheness" into its products. Brooklin's story is similar. Without Mr. Bulgari's involvement, we may not have any Brooklin offerings today. They do a healthy bit of B to B work, which allows them to continue building their passion, 1/43 white metal. In addition to keeping Brooklin around and healthy, the new diversity in production allows a greater degree of detail and finish. The B to B work is tailored to suit the needs of the business that commissions the work. So, we end up with an Alfa that is an odd size but beautifully made and Brooklin graciously arranges for it to be available through their traditional channels. It does little to help the situation by complaining over the size when the product is sitting on the shelves, in this case, for months. A simple, "I find the size odd, so I won't be buying one." may just have a positive impact on future offerings. I know it's easy, almost customary to grumble over our little gems. But let's keep in mind that there are folks running these companies that are pouring their hearts and souls into their product. The end product represents a significant financial investment and hundreds of man-hours of labor, something few of us would be willing to risk. All the makers I know appreciate constructive input. But, tone is important. If we want to be heard and would like our opinion to be respected, name-calling, accusations, and terms like "garbage" or "junk," some of which appeared in the recent comments on GLM, should be avoided.