I think most model tackmakers struggle with these areas. I know I do. It's really hard to get the pommel high enough, the twist narrow enough and still have the saddle fit the model properly. I haven't quite figured out the solution to these problems, but I think I got a step closer with this saddle.
Another thing that is unique about this saddle is the lack of stitch-marking. I've always stitch-marked my English saddles, but recently it was brought to my attention that, unlike huntseat saddles, most real dressage saddles aren't stitched around the flaps. I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled by that reminder. The model horse hobby tends to regard stitch-marking as a sign of quality. Leaving it off made me feel a bit shoddy and second-rate.
Now that it's finished, though, I'm warming up to the look. It's rather elegant...
Yesterday, in the midst of the struggle, I might have said no. Today, I'm back on the yes side. Every gain, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. It's not in my nature to be complacent. I want my saddles to look and fit just like the real thing, and little by little, I'm edging closer to that goal.