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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Anyone done the Tamiya Dragon Wagon?
Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: March 09, 2003
KitMaker: 232 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 02:32 AM UTC
Hi guys & ladies,
I got a lovely present today, a Tamiya Dragon Wagon kit :-) :-) :-). Has anyone here built one. Can I build it straight OOB or are there any bits that need fixing / improving. If so any help, tips etc would be greatly appreciated. If there are any posts on this any links to it would be greatly received. This now adds to a long list of kits that i need doing . Am I the only one or is this a common thing with modellers? Is it safe to say that having one or more kit / project one the go is the norm?
Cheers, Kenny.
Milano, Italy
Joined: September 02, 2002
KitMaker: 2,606 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 03:46 AM UTC
Great present Stormin, I'm happy for you. In my view the kit is quite good on its own to be built OOB and you can easily scratchbuild with plasticard/copper foil the details you want to improve. There are dedicated PE sets, actually I've got both of that but some parts are hard to be put together, so I decided to keep them for another model.

Here a few shot of my OOB M26. The cabin is going to be "repainted" and finished with Italian markings.

Ciao and enjoy your wonderful present!!!

Joined: December 15, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 05:03 AM UTC
I built the full kit about a year ago. It is a fantastic kit. You will enjoy building it straight OOB.You can add PE if you like. I consider it Tamiya's best kit that they produce.
Quebec, Canada
Joined: November 15, 2002
KitMaker: 3,960 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 05:50 AM UTC
Hi Kenny ....Wow you must have been a good boy to get that as a present... What can I say about this kit ...Yeah it will look great out of the box ,but I'm taking it down town ...So far I have picked up 3 sets from Eduard and the Royal model set...Also a set of stencils for the markings from god knows who...So far I have added all the wiring (well most of it anyways)and hydraulic lines underneath ...Will anyone see it ?? Nah!! I know it's there...ain't that what counts..lol.There are quite a few links out there for the dragon wagon...but something has gone wrong with my favorites lists and I can't find them right now...I know you will find something on AFV interiors site..Also if you go the AMPS site there are lots of pictures of a dragon wagon being restored....I'm using 2 books from the Allies and Axis series with pictures of the dragon wagon along with another book from germany(can't remember who published it ..)Also I'm using a photo scope from an old Tamiya Model Magazine..which one I don't have it handy but if you want me to look it up for you I can ...I have put this aside for a while but not because of this kit but I was working on the load that was going to be carried...I flubbed that kit bad so I'm waiting for another insperation as to what to put on the trailer before I continue...Have fun with it !! You'll love it ...Don't forget to sand those wheels !! Long and boring but looks much better..

Washington, United States
Joined: October 02, 2002
KitMaker: 1,546 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 12:21 PM UTC
What can I say that these guys haven't except I love this kit. I have done three now and can't get enough of them. My latest effort was a complete super-detail with all the hydraulic lines and air lines, etc. I probably won't do that again, but only because you can't see half the work I did. You can see some of it in two folders at my webshots page:
There is a lot of detail you can add in if you want, but the kit is terrific as is. I would recommend the War Machine book and the Allied Axis #3, both of which cover it quite well. Here are three online reference sites for it:

This is a very fun kit and I hope you enjoy at much as I did.

Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Joined: February 05, 2003
KitMaker: 1,041 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 06:44 PM UTC
Hi there...Just look at my handle.

I rest my case, John.
Texas, United States
Joined: September 15, 2002
KitMaker: 8,985 posts
AeroScale: 137 posts
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 08:24 PM UTC
When I get around to mine, I think I'll go to oob its such a nice kit and i doubt a PE would really make a major improvemnt for the cost and time involved in using them
Provincia de Lugo, Spain / Espaņa
Joined: April 23, 2003
KitMaker: 12,927 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 09:55 PM UTC
What's the secret? A DragonWagon as a present? I get jumpers,socks and the ocassional jacket, my dear wife wouldn't buy me a Dragon wheelbarrow. "You've got all these other kits to finsh", she remarks, indicating my (very moderate) strategic plastic reserve. Do we finish kits was the question . Of course we don't , we're modellers.............Jim
Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: March 09, 2003
KitMaker: 232 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - 09:57 AM UTC
Hi Guys,
many, many thanks for the advice and for the references. Plenty of for me. I hope to put this kit further to the top of my to build list. I hoped also to get my mates Digital camera and photo the build on this and to post it but he's broken it . I hope to buy my own soon so will leave it till I can do this.
Once again many thanks,