Oh yeah the AM companies will soon have a replacement for sale.
Just odd that Airfix decided to do it that way. Sure it's just a minor issue though and it's not putting me off one.
Seems like that could be a weak point unless done properly and reinforced with a brass or steel pin. Why not make it easier for the average modeller and give both? Even Matchbox gave you both options.
Having watch a review on the kit, I thought great you can pose it in so many ways. Them I noticed that you have to cut and join the front gear to make it shorter. Would it have been better just to give you 2 front gears one extended and one not.