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Cracking the Box: Dragon RSO/3

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Hello,Jim. Just a thought. Perhaps, you could remove the plastic from the sprues, and show the sprues plain,and mention how many,and location of knockout marks there are. Also, you could go to the instructions first, and if you see parts you are not sure of what or where they go, you can discern that, by looking for them, in the instruction sequence.
OCT 29, 2011 - 06:58 AM
@Carl...The "Cracking the Box" series is just that...as if you are opening the kit for the first time and checking it out. The more 'formal' in-box review will follow with in depth text and naked sprue shots @Jim...my first impression of these RSO kits was "where's the rest of the kit!" So rare to see a DML kit not packed to the top, although very refreshing to not have a ton of "not for use" parts to dig through.
OCT 29, 2011 - 07:12 AM
I side with Carl. I don't see much use for a video like this. It is eye candy and not very informative. Like Carl, I think it should not literally be how it's like to first open the box but it shouldn't be an in-box review either (at least not my kind where I break out research material and attempt to play rivet counter). 1. I think the instructions should be read first and the parts gone over before turning the camera on. I don't think the viewer should hear "don't know what these parts are for". 2. I, too, think the quality of the molding should be reviewed (flash, sink marks, knockout pin marks, mold misalignment). This could be done without removing the plastic from the sprues although, again, I don't think we should stick to literally opening the box for the first time. If you need to remove the plastic, do so. I don't expect close-up shots of all the sprues and parts. 3. The "opener" should have an interest in the subject (as Jim did here). I would not want to hear the words "I don't know anything about this but it sure looks nice". I think if we do these things, these would be very popular features.
OCT 29, 2011 - 11:32 AM