Hey, I never implied that they were better from a fun/imagination perspective. What I was saying was that I was blown away with the complexity in the designs of these 'model' kits.
For instance, take a look at this relatively simple section that is made of of probably 36 some odd individual parts. After adding 8 hing pieces and viewing the shape, you might begin to think that you are building a chassis for the expandable x-wings... maybe.
In reality, it clamps on at multiple levels to the hull frame you previously started to give it the aerodynamic shape in the Fuselage. Also check out the detail behind the cockpit where mechanisms for opening & closing the wings are.