Dragon M-103A1 (Finished)

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Got this in my last batch of orders, the new Dragon M-103A1. And while there are some places I will try and improve on the kit (some say that it was Dragon's "B" team that was in charge of this...the "A" team of course doing all the WWII German tanks), but for the most part, should be a fairly easy, straight forward build.

 

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Re: Dragon M-103A1 - 2nd Entry

Awesome! Anxious to see the build!
 

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this will be fun to watch
 

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Cool, be interested to see how this black label kit goes together.

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Well, a little bit of a start, probably the most time consuming part of the build.

Kit has 300 or so parts, and there are about 96 parts just in the road wheels, returns rollers and drive sprockets.

 

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This is a cool Model.
 

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Little bit more work done last night, lower hull is complete.





So far, no complications at all, kit pretty much falls together.
 

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Nice texture on that hull!
 

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Grendels said:
Nice texture on that hull!
Wish I could take credit for that, but that is all Dragon....hull and turret both. Will see how much of it is left after paint, but looks good so far.
 

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Looking very yummy! I am looking forward to your build!
 

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Re: Dragon M-103A1 - 2nd Entry

Couple of more photos.

Upper and lower hull mated together. Had to be clamped and the seam will need some work, but the fit is quite well!



 

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One to follow...though I'm not really much into post WWII armor, I like the looks of this one. Nice progress so far!

Cheers
 

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Time for paint. Sorry for the lack of photos in between, but once you get on a roll building, hard to stop to take photos.





Couple of small bits of scratchbuilding. Replaced the molded on springs for the loader's hatch with some copper wire wound around a drill bit. And some of the lifting rings on the turret don't have any hinge detail, so just some thin brass sheet cut to fit.



One of the major flaws of the kit is the exhaust housing (center left of the picture, just behind the turret) is too tall, so the turret can't be put full forward without it being well canted forward.

I may see if I can't pop off the exhaust and sand it down some.



 

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what a beast, look at that turret :eek:

Nice build so far mate!

Cheers
 

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Interesting tank and nice build so far ;)
 

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Thin on updates along the way I know. You get building/painting and forget to take any progress photos along the way.


Paint and decals on.


Laid on the satin a little too heavy, pooled and dried at the bottom left point of the star. Guess where there will be a pack, tarp, etc, etc, put! LOL


Small break in the decal, will have to hide it with some chipped paint.






Exhaust (Middle back of the upper hull) bottom was sanded down as far as I could go without removing detail to clear the turret. Turret still rubs (alot) but I can now at least put the turret full forward without it looking like it is being tilted forward.

This and the slight warped fenders are probably the most frustrating part of this kit. But once in place and a few things modified, looks the part.


Ready for washes, and some dirt and dust!


Done all with Vallejo. Followed the directions on their US OD Green paint set. Primer, 2 shadows, OD Green and then a highlight. Was unsure of it once the 2 shadow colors were on, but once the OD green goes on to clean up the shadow overspray a bit, and then the highlight color, it doesn't look half bad.
 

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