Should defense manufacturers be able to charge royalties for model makers who make kits of their products?
Murdoc thinks not. At least not as long as the product was purchased by the US government with public dollars.
I’m no lawyer, and I don’t even play one on the internet. But this doesn’t seem right.
Incidentally, Murdoc’s first model kit was an Me 109. I’m not sure how that happened. It was a gift, I think.
Not much later, I built an F-16 (in the red-white-and-blue marketing colors) and pretended that the Viper shot that Messerschmitt down about a hundred times. The X-Wing, the F4F Wildcat, the F4, the Harrier, and the USS Arizona all shot down the 109. Heck, I even let the MiG-25 shoot down the 109. Then the F-16 shot down the MiG.
Ah, the good old days. Joys of youth and daydreams of glory. Wild stories spun by a young boy’s imagination.
I sure wish that I had been paying royalties on those kits to help support defense contractors.