Originally Posted by JediTricks
You misunderstand me. I don't want to buy a ship in multiple sections (each with a pack-in, etc). I'm merely suggesting that the manufacturing process not be dependent upon spitting out a single large piece which would make the entire project cost prohibitive. Just like the vintage Falcon with the removable rear roof section, and the Queen's Starship with the "click on" nose cone, a new Falcon could certainly be manufactured in smaller, more affordable pieces, and assembled correctly before being stuffed in a cardboard box.
P.S. Certainly there seems to be a point of diminishing returns on this idea. Too big, and the cost and functionality suffer. Too small and we have the same "problems" as the vintage mold. That balancing act in the middle is bound to still be too expensive for many collectors and still manage to not be "accurate" enough for others.
I think that to be truly cost efficient and practical, we'd end up with something that looks more like the Playskool version. Remember, the entire scale needs to build from the size of the cockpit. Any other basis for scale would surely result in serious accuracy problems, so, no matter what the price is or the difficulties in production might be, that cockpit is the fulcrum in the design process. All other decisions have to evolve after that size is established.