And---though you and I both have a certain admitted fondness in our hearts for Lindberg's kits---can you say you're surprised?
I have to admit that I have a fondness for a lot of these older kits, and am currently in the middle of building two Lindberg ship models. Though, by the time that I am done with them, they will be heavily modified/kitbashed.
To me though, alot of these older models are enjoable because a) they are what I grew up on and.or the models that I wished I had the time/money to have built when I was younger but never did. And b) many of them can make either nice looking models (even if not 100% accurate) straight out of the box, or c) they can make for excellent starting points for your own additions and modifications, or full out kitbashing.
Overall, I guess as a modeler I've never fully became a part of the crowd that feels a need to try and completely try and "accurize" everything that they build. I do admit to being impressed by the work that I have seen many modelers do, but at the same time I don't think that I could ever bring myself to buy a $100-200 model, then also purchase a couple $100 extra in photo-etch, white metal, or 3D printed accessories, and then take a knife/saw to a kit totally hacking it to pieces to change the shape of its hull or anchor handling gear, or porthole locations, etc as I have seen some modelers post for their builds of some of these new 1/200 scale models recently entering the market.
Sorry for rambling, but I do kind of ebjoy the old Lindberg, Airfix, Revell, and Monogram models.
PS, In addition, there are still some old models like the 1/426 scale Revell USS Arizona or the old 1/232 scale USS Olympia (that was produced by a variety of companies over its lifetime) that actually seem to have more "character" and somehow just seem to "feel" to better capture the "ship" that they represent to me better than alot of the newer models that have been produced lately.