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Italian Paratroopers
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 08:21 AM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at the ''Italian Paratrooper Anzio 1944'' figure set from Dragon Models.

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RECON22
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:07 PM UTC
Darren,
I agree with most of your review, I just got two boxes yesterday and am dissapointed with my kits...
Weapons are terrible, the Baretta smg on the figure sprue has a shorter barrel than the weapon sprue one, main MG barrel bent (looks to be a production line issue possibly due to the plastic you mentioned)and in both of my boxes too..!
Para helmets look like little bowls..!
Anyway, lucky I have recast Royal Model and Model Victoria Para heads that I can use.
Its a shame Dragon dont put more effort into other Axis and Allied figure/ weapons kits as they do with their German/ Gen 2 weapons kits.....
RECON22
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:28 PM UTC
Apologies to Dragon as I did some research on the Beretta SMG's and now realise it is the early version of the Model 38, the Model 3842 that is on the figure sprue....however the barrel is still shorter and should be narrower than the Model 38.
BeanStorm
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:43 PM UTC
Just horrible , the type of plastic used really blur's detail. They look like figures from the early 90's. I think it would have been worth them to cast them as their "Gen2" line. Very different subject that would be great. At least it's not another GERMAN kit.
Biggles2
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 06:10 AM UTC
Does any one make replacement heads for Italian Paras? Before I consider buying this set I would like to know what my options are. I searched the usual suspects (Hornet, Ultracast, Royal, etc.)but can't find a set of 4 - 5 heads. They're some mixed head sets with one or two para heads, but it's too expensive to buy 2 or more head sets just for 4 heads. Guess there's not too much demand for Italian para heads!
Modelltreff
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 03:49 PM UTC
Wish that Ron Volstedt would make those illistrations again cause at the moment they are simply awful.
RECON22
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 11:31 AM UTC
BIGGLES 2, Do what I do and buy a good figure like the Royal Model Italian Para and some pinkysil and recast your own heads/ helmets, drill out the same head from the helmet if casted all as one and put other heads in...just an option. Or buy the Italeri Para kit and use the helmets out of that on other heads. The Dragon helmets are like little bowls to me (no depth as per the real thing).
Biggles2
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 04:23 AM UTC
Hmmm...kit bashing Dragon and Italeri? Are the Italeri helmets better than Dragon's? Sounds like the way to go.