Thanks, Andy! Bradster, most model kits of that era would have been intended to be painted. A couple of reasons it might be so small could be a) Mark were planning larger scale model kits (like the fighter carriers), and the fighters were planned to be in scale with those or b) traditionally, enemy mecha have always sold worse than "good guy" mecha in Japanese markets - some of the very rarest toys of the early giant robot lines are bad guys, and tend to fetch the highest prices among collectors now. Making a small kit would cut down costs on something that might not sell very well in the first place.This trend was only reversed when Bandai began producing Gundam model kits, and the famous Mobile Suit type, Zaku, became the first enemy mecha to actually match the "star" (the RX-78 Gundam) in sales figures! (and supposedly causing near riots in Japanese hobby shops, too... )
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.