Definitely better! The thin cliffy hole protectors look fine. The big ones are ugly and also scream "this game was blown out to hell!". Just my opinion of course.
Kim, I totally agree that repairs of this nature are complicated and require solid skills. And if were talking "restoration quality" that's a different conversation entirely. I've never owned a game that needed to be repaired like that. Or needed a cliffy to hide (protect) visible damage. I have two questions.
1) aren't there wood puttys/fillers that could be used on these areas and then clear coated that would basically repair/protect the area? Forget the artwork and painting...I'm just talking about filling in the wear. I would much rather see a cleared, wood appearance than the protector. Even if you screw up the job....put a cliffy over it to hide it....that's what you're suggesting anyway. Just curious how hard this approach would be, assuming it would be an improvement affording both protection and cosmetics.
2) if there's serious damage under the cliffy - such as a dramatic slope or fall off in the edge - will the cliffy just get bent and maybe contribute more damage? I recall hearing how this might happen in SOME applications...I do not know if this is the proper example of that, which is why I'm asking.