RE: scale turnbuckles - is there a need?
I was just looking through the net and saw that boat turnbuckles cost $15 minimum each in the smallest size. And one airplane turnbuckle on eBay is listing with an original price of $40.
I think that we all have an established balance between "flying" and "building". Personally I consider myself to be more of a builder, so things that are involved with building interest me more than being able to fly the pattern inverted (though I've done that too).
The intricacies of getting something exactly right aren't my style either. Close enough is generally good enough for me, but I looked over a post of a guy in Iceland that was building to world-class standards and I will confess that the amount of detail he puts into a model is WAY more than I can do, but the results are spectacular. Building a SCALE wicker seat for the plane being one example. I guess they have a LOT of winter time building in Iceland! But, that being said, when I look at something that I know I could do better IF I had the resources, I tend to get frustrated. Ergo I bought a TAIG lathe, watched some of the MIT and India Institute of Technology lectures on machining and realized that if someone else can make one, then I probably can too.
The initial question of this thread was "Is there a need for scale turnbuckles". I'm gathering that there is, but that its a very limited market but could probably be expanded if the rigging items were available. After all, you can always build and continue adding to a scale model as time and money allow. The manufacturers aren't interested in doing this because adding another $200 to a $400 kit would probably not be a good option. I look at the "must haves", and the list was: research, kit, engine, covering, major items like wheels and props. All of them add up to a flying model, but definetly a "sport-scale". I also realize that adding the little things like rivet detail, scalish landing gear, hatches, pilot and weathering add a lot to the look of the plane. Putting 4-40 clevises and rigging connectors on cable just doesn't add to my enjoyment of the hobby. It was a, shall we say, necessary evil because I couldn't find anything better.