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Dragon T28
bill_c
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:54 AM UTC
Matt Flegal reviews Dragon's monster T28 tank in a build review.



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JPTRR
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:00 AM UTC
Matt, well done. I an interested in this model and your comprehensive review has given me the information I need to decide whether I want it.
Tojo72
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:18 PM UTC
Excellent review Bill,thanks for your efforts
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:41 PM UTC
The summary says that the kit has fine details as a "pro" and simplified details as a "con" . . . Wouldn't that mean they cancel each other out? Really though, the review should weigh them against each other and give a summary value for the kit as a whole. Otherwise most reviews would have identical pros and cons, with positive or negative adjectives added as appropriate. (Nearly every kit has both good and poor aspects in a single area like detailing, assembly, instructions, engineering, markings, and so on.)

KL
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 03:11 AM UTC
Thanks, Anthony, but all the praise should go to Matt.

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The summary says that the kit has fine details as a "pro" and simplified details as a "con" . . . Wouldn't that mean they cancel each other out?


Not necessarily. You can have fine detailing on some parts and grossly over-simplified ones on others. Just look at many Tamiya kits: great molding, but whole areas as just globs of styrene instead of to-scale details.

Matt wrote one of the more-literate reviews I've edited, with humor, sharp observation and punchy prose. If you would like to take your hand at reviewing and provide the kind of system you mention, I'm happy to work with you as an editor.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 06:11 AM UTC

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The summary says that the kit has fine details as a "pro" and simplified details as a "con" . . . Wouldn't that mean they cancel each other out? Really though, the review should weigh them against each other and give a summary value for the kit as a whole. Otherwise most reviews would have identical pros and cons, with positive or negative adjectives added as appropriate. (Nearly every kit has both good and poor aspects in a single area like detailing, assembly, instructions, engineering, markings, and so on.)

KL



That's a fair point and why I tried to summarize in the numerical value for the review. To me, it illustrates what an odd kit this was. Casting textures are really well done and the weld detail is just excellent. Then 2 cm away there is a very crude piece that almost seems to have dome from a different team of artists. Having really well done welds right next to simplified tools or flatly incorrect pieces is just weird.

To be fair, if you didn't compare it to walkaround photos it would probably seem a pretty good, if complicated kit. It's only when you compare details that its faults come to light.

Matt
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:31 AM UTC
Dragon could have done a much better job on the cranes/winches. I had to do a Google search to see what they really look like. Some scratching is required to make the missing parts, and the small wheel at the top of the winch is flat and looks like a roller when it should actually be grooved as a pulley.
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 04:02 AM UTC
Dragon puts out a model of a tank that wasn't used ? Someone please tell Dragon to give us a accurate M551 Sheridan! The Sheridan saw action in 'Nam, Germany during the Cold War, Panama and the Gulf War!