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M7 Priest Early
barkingdigger
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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 05:51 AM UTC
Rick Coooper offers us a review of the new Dragon kit of the M7 Priest Early version.

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russamotto
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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 08:28 AM UTC
Very nice review. This is on my want to do list.
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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 08:42 AM UTC
Very nice review! I'm like you, it's hard to tell on the tracks but I don't think that most people will notice one way or the other once they are painted and weathered. I really like the marking options in this version, it is so nice to see an interesting variety of markings included in an allied kit...and not one bearing the Balkenkreuz!
I was waiting for this review to make up my mind on which version I would want to build and unfortunately it did... both of them!
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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 09:13 AM UTC
I'm happy enough with the tracks - the difference in 1:35 scale is tiny and I'm fairly certain they look enough like T-51s to pass muster. The great thing is the grousers actually make sense with these plain tracks! (Big flaw in the "mid" kit was grousers on a tank with T-48s that didn't need them. Lots of pics show the empty bins re-used for other stowage.)

The one gripe I have is the removal of the later hull sides and toolboxes. If they'd left them in the box they'd have a "2 in 1" kit with wider appeal. Still, at least they fixed some of the instructions!

Tom
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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 01:29 AM UTC
From image 21 it appears that the tracks are T51s because the rubber blocks are thicker on the road side than on the wheel side.

KL