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Sd.Kfz.164 Nashorn Premium Kit
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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2006 - 02:13 AM UTC
Here''s the latest addition to the Dragon ''Premium'' rnage of kits, and it''s the turn of the Nashorn!

Dragon Sd.Kfz.164 Nashorn Premium Kit



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Removed by original poster on 09/16/06 - 14:37:20 (GMT).
sgirty
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:30 AM UTC
HI, Thanks for the write up on the new Nashorn kit. Dragon just gets better and better. It's actually getting a little scary sometimes. I have one of these on back-order at my local shop; now getting around to actually building it is another matter! But we all have our problems.

Now the "perfect" kit from Dragon, personally speaking, of course, would be a happy marriage with these folks and the Fruil track people. But we can't have everything in this world.

Thanks, Larry
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:39 AM UTC
Believe me, once the tracks in this kit are painted, they will look every bit as good as Fruils. Injected plastic individual track links have come a long way, and in my opinion, the 20 or so for Fruils can no longer be justified. In fact, given the pin detail that can be moulded on, rather than a cut wire with fruils, these tracks, if built properly, will look better than Fruils.

Vinnie
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 05:04 AM UTC
Hi, Understand your thoughts on the details of the new kit tracks, as they are nothing short of remarkable, but as as yet have any luck actually getting a set altogether and then wrapped around the drivers and idlers without breaking them apart in at least a couple of places during the process. Total aggravation.

A friend at the shop today told me of a method of putting the tracks on some low tac tape, outside down. Then gluing them together and fitting them around all the suspension pieces, and not taking the tape off till time to paint and install them for the last time. This sounds like it may be worth a try.

But I still like that built-in sag of the Fruils. They just look like the 'real thing'. But as you said, there is a price to be paid for this effect.

Take care, Larry
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 05:34 AM UTC
That's the point though Larry. If it's 'sag' you're after, then properly installed, this effect can be mimiced exactly with individual (styrene) links.

Vinnie
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Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 07:41 AM UTC
This kit looks like another beauty from dragon, i have a real thing for all spg's and cant wait to get this one, thanks for the review Vinnie.
just to add the kit tracks are fine with me also, heck im still a fan of regular indies and these are leaps ahead of those, jmho

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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006 - 12:42 AM UTC
When this one was announced, I was hoping it would live up to the full potential and looks like it has. The 2 older kits residing in the stash (with no corresponding AM to go with them yet) have now been relegated obsolete and will end up as doners to a local IPMS doorprize stash. :-)
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 - 03:34 PM UTC
I Went and got this kit today any advice on it that i should know of.
Ive never built a dragon kit....ever.
Actually im a bit of a novice i supose.
sauceman
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 - 07:43 PM UTC


I am no expert, but here is my build of this kit. Nashorn Build

cheers
kevinb120
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 - 10:12 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi, Understand your thoughts on the details of the new kit tracks, as they are nothing short of remarkable, but as as yet have any luck actually getting a set altogether and then wrapped around the drivers and idlers without breaking them apart in at least a couple of places during the process. Total aggravation.

A friend at the shop today told me of a method of putting the tracks on some low tac tape, outside down. Then gluing them together and fitting them around all the suspension pieces, and not taking the tape off till time to paint and install them for the last time. This sounds like it may be worth a try.

But I still like that built-in sag of the Fruils. They just look like the 'real thing'. But as you said, there is a price to be paid for this effect.

Take care, Larry



If you haven't seen this, this is the best thread/feature on it ever. I went from loathing them to loathing the idea of anything else in one build after reading this:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=84