"I always remember chatting to Phil Ramsay about the RCM&E review of his Mini Pitts. I had one and it was one of the best on the market. The Reviewer didn't like Phils set-up and modified the build. The same review was a Head to Head with the Pilot kit of similar size. The result was Phils Mini Pitts crashed and was seriously downmarked by reviewer and the Pilot Kit scored Gold.
It was months later that the reviewer admitted his mistake and built as Phil designed - it flew perfect. But of course it was too late and verdict was already out months earlier."
Now I think I see where you are coming from Nigel.
I too agree that when " a reviewer" has been provided with a kit by a supplier for the express purposes of providing an " independent" magazine review then they should stick rigidly to the specs of the kit during the build so as to be able to give a fair comparison.
On the bright side at least it's warm in Singers!!