Finally, regarding Hanson's argument about safety: how many of your industrial accidents could have been prevented by workers paying attention? Matching the correct model on my Tx with the airframe in front of me has never been a problem. Somehow, I think most people don't have a problem with it.
Not very familiar with Tort law are you?????
Since I used to fly with a Futaba 9C, I think I can comment on several aspects of your "thinking" process...
First of all, the dual elevator servo lag on the 9C is notoriously well known and is the primary reason I went to a 9Z WCII instead. I thought that was a really nice radio with excellent control response, that is until I flew a model one day with the 9Z and the next with a DX-7 setup. There is absolutely no comparison in the speed of the control response and it gives you a much more connected feel with the model and there are no servo lag problems on mated channels due to the Servo Synch function on the Spektrum/JR 2.4GHz radios.
As for ModelMatch being only for "lazy" people?
Well at one time in my modeling life, I felt that way too until I started a model with the wrong one loaded in the tx. The one that was loaded had very similar control setups and the only real difference was that the throttle servos were on opposite sides of the fuselage so the travels were reversed. Checked the control deflections which were true and correct, fired up the model and it went to full throttle. Had it not been restrained as is my custom, that APC prop would have made mincemeat out of me.
As careful as I am I still screwed up and while there are those who say ModelMatch is not needed as they've "NEVER" fired up a model with the wrong one loaded in the tx, I maintain those folks are either mis-representing the truth or only have one model.
Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it to convert all my stuff to 2.4GHz? Most definitely.