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PzKpfw IV Ausf. A mit Zusatzpanzer
JimboHUN
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Budapest, Hungary
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:23 AM UTC
Tom Moon reviews Dragon''s 1/35th scale PzKpfw IV Ausf. A mit Zusatzpanzer through a full build.

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PanzerKarl
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England - North West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:30 AM UTC
Nice review and build.

Is it me or is Dragons standards slipping,I mean given some of there kits in the past have been very good but over the past couple of years I get the feeling they have lost the plot

Karl
acebatau
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 01:50 AM UTC
Nice review, thanks
Cantstopbuyingkits
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European Union
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 05:41 PM UTC
Great review.


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Is it me or is Dragons standards slipping,I mean given some of there kits in the past have been very good but over the past couple of years I get the feeling they have lost the plot

Karl



As I have said a few times before, Dragon has been focusing on producing licensed products[Disney especially] since 2013 with only a skeleton guard left for military kits, so a drop in quality and feeling of cheapness for the latter to be expected.
PanzerKarl
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Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 09:53 PM UTC
When I have completed the DML kits I have left then that will be my last from Dragon.
If they think making kids toys is the way to go then that's fine.

There are other company's out there that can have my money.
easyco69
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 05:44 PM UTC
wow..look at all those parts & the PE
easyco69
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 05:50 PM UTC
Wow what a low 75% score. DS tracks should not be a low because some find it a plus. DS tracks are easy to conform. I'll buy the kit & check it out...I'll decide for myself thx anyway.
MichaelD413
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Ohio, United States
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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2015 - 05:15 PM UTC
I have been very disappointed with Dragon over the last couple years. They are no longer the company they once were. They're too cheap to pack their DS tracks on a cardboard backing sealed in plastic like they used to. Now the DS tracks (which I think suck anyways and always replace them with Friul)come with bent and mangled guide horns. Look at their new Panther with the dummy gun...they don't even include PE mesh anymore for the air intakes. All I have ever built were dragon kits but once I run through my stock a little I think I am going to give Trumpeter a try. Fortunately almost all the kits in my stash are older ones from Dragons good years. I am apprehensive about buying anymore new Dragon releases.
TopSmith
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - 04:49 AM UTC
Yes and no with Dragon being over the hill. Whitmann's command Tiger was good. Maybe their expected sales of the issue plays into the effort?
kartoffel
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United States
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015 - 04:00 AM UTC
What acryllic paint color is that base color in the finished picture? I'm making this model now and would prefer that over panzer gray. Might it be wood brown 1735? I'm red green colorblind so my guess will be off.
brekinapez
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015 - 04:45 AM UTC
It's still gray, whatever brand it is. Some of the pics have a brown cast to them but I think it is a lighting issue or something. The vehicle would have been painted Panzergrau when manufactured, and as they were withdrawn from service in 1941 were not repainted in the later camo schemes.
kartoffel
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Posted: Friday, December 04, 2015 - 10:32 AM UTC
Thanks for the response brekin, I understand that it should truly be gray being an early production version. Guess i'll paint it panzer gray down the road then! I'll let ya know how it turns out. On step 4 of 12ish and boy is this a challenge, so many parts and little instruction, but my stubborness will get the job done. Not to mention some steps are wrong and some parts don't fit properly!