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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 10:10 AM UTC
Dragon Models has released a second variant of the M48A3, Kevin Brant takes us inside the box.


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M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 05:16 AM UTC

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Dragon Models has released a second variant of the M48A3, Kevin Brant takes us inside the box.


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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!



Hi, Kevin & Darren! Thanks for the GREAT review of this latest DRAGON M48- This will be the kit that I'll buy, seeing as it has the "DS" pieces that should have been included in DRAGON's prior release of the M48. Is any PE for this particular kit available yet?

Are there any "improvements" in engineering, etc? I'd like to see DRAGON or BRONCO, AFV CLUB, MENG, TRUMPETER or maybe even TAMIYA release an M46, M47, and brand new-tooling kits of the M60, M60A1, A2, and A3... Any thoughts on those?

Thanks again, Dennis
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 12:41 PM UTC
AFV Club has an M60A1 as a future release.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:39 AM UTC

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AFV Club has an M60A1 as a future release.



THANKS! The only bad thing about AFV CLUB is their tendency to put off releasing their "new announcements". They out-and-out CANCELLED their 1/35 M8 Howitzer Motor Carriage without ANY warning whatsoever, after YEARS and YEARS of waiting. We NEED one of those- the TAMIYA kit has TOO MANY ISSUES to be popular among advanced modellers.

AFV CLUB took FIVE YEARS to finally release their M5A1 (Early) and quite a long time to release the "follow-on" M5A1 (Late). It seems that they get caught up in WWII German stuff, just like their rivals at DRAGON/CYBERHOBBY...

The TMD 1/35 M8 HMC Resin Conversion really doesn't count (even though it's a WONDERFUL conversion) because you still need an AFV CLUB M5A1 as a donor-kit...

Back on track, I think it would be great if AFV CLUB would release the initial M60, M60A2 "Starship", and an M60A3, in it's various permutations. It would also be nice if we could have new "state-of-the-art" M46 and M47 kits...

PS- A US version of the MBT70 would also be a good thing, even if one of the aftermarket companies came up with conversion kits to build US versions of the German Kpz.70...
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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 06:05 AM UTC
After seeing Dragon release two very nice M48's, both appropriate to the Vietnam era, I can't help thinking that a nice M8 'dozer assembly would be a very popular aftermarket accessory. I would wager that Legends could do a very nice job of it.....

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 02:07 AM UTC
Its kind of idiotic of dragon to put a decal for a search light cover but not include one
Biggles2
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 05:26 AM UTC
Hi Kevin. I'm not too clear on your rating system. You 'highly recommend' the kit, but only rated it at 80%.