I have recently received the new EDUARD Info newsletter. This newsletter is usually full of updates and also contains interesting historical articles. However, in the last issue they have add a couple of pictures of an almost naked nice looking woman. I just want to make it clear I am not a puritan and normally I don't care about this. Indeed, I find awkward that some model shows requires that models with "Pin Up" as nose art have to be displayed separately. In fact, "nose arts" are historical accurate and will fit within scope of modeling (same for fantasy etc). However, the pictures Eduard has added to their newsletter has nothing to do with the context of the article. In fact, this is intended to advertise their new steel seat belts products. I have been in the model world for 40 years now, and I felt good to realize that when I buy a model or an accessory it is because the reviews I read, the discussion I have with other modelers or because I was waiting for that particular model (even if I will never build it...). I don't think that our community needs to participate to general concept "put a naked woman on it and you will sell much more". I don't see Tamiya, Airfix, Revell, Hasegawa and other major company advertise their product using naked body. They know we don't need them because they know we eager to buy their new F-14, Spitfire, Mustang, Sherman etc.
I believe that what EDUARD is doing is considering the modeler community composed by old guys that will buy their new seatbelts just because they see a picture of a nice girl associated to this product. I sincerely hope that model magazines will not accept this ad in the future.
Maybe I am the only one that feels like this, but I am curious to know what others think about it. Meanwhile, I have asked Eduard to remove my name from the Bunny Club membership and e-mail list and with a lot of sadness I have decided not buying anymore their products up to the point the will change this policy that I consider disrespectful both for our community and more important for the women.