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Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.A (Early)
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Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 - 10:30 PM UTC
Take a close look at the latest kit from dragon, the beautiful Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf A!

Dragon: Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf A (early production)



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 - 10:54 PM UTC
And finally! Magic tracks for the PZI! Awesome!
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 12:33 AM UTC
It certainly looks good, and I also would like to see the track links sold separately.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:53 AM UTC
I like the detail that is molded into the kit. It's on my future list to build
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:54 AM UTC
Great review of a great "tank" model, Vinnie. I felt my credit card tinging in my wallet as I was reading the review.

I put the word tank within quotation marks as I still somewhat regard the Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. A as an "industrial tractor" (Landwirtschäftlicher Schlepper.) :-)
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 01:59 AM UTC
Good review and great photos again Vinnie!
Any chance dragon could organise some "time" in a box? Thats the part Im looking most for, now.
Im another who´d love to see the magic tracks released seperatly.
Cheers!
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 02:07 AM UTC
Thank you very much for the review. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Panzer I for some reason.

HARV
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 03:58 AM UTC
I'll add my hopeful voice to the links being sold separately, they are beautiful!

Thanks for the review Vinnie.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:07 AM UTC
If Dragon were to sell their Magic Tracks seperately, they might stand a chance taking a good share of the AM track market from Modelkasten (unless people want moveable tracks, which I still think is kind of useless on a static model kit...)
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:40 AM UTC
Looks like a nice kit Vinnie, however I`m a bit puzzled as to Dragon`s choice of boxtop and most of the markings, according to Tom Jentz`s Panzer 1 book ,most Panzer 1a`s were retro fitted with armoured cowlings over the engine air intakes and oil cooler, the majority were also fitted with a smoke candle rack, all this was done in the late thirties, Dragon`s kit is what it declares to be an early Panzer 1a ie pre-war which doesn`t tie into a 1941 5th Leichte Division vehicle which would have most of the above retro fittings ( plus Notek light ) the kit looks good but the markings are a bit out of place
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 - 04:43 AM UTC
Very nice Vinnie, I love North African stuff.
Frank, if Dragon releases " time in a box " over by you before here in the states, can you send me about seven months worth,..... the check is in the mail.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 03:05 PM UTC
I am finishing the assembly of this kit now. After the last Maquette kit I just finished, this Dragon kit has gone together virtually perfect and has been really, really fun. All of the hull parts fit great and the tracks are really nice.

My only criticism is the delicate hatch mechanisms on the hull and the turret. The arms come from inside the turret to hold up the exterior visor plates, they look good but because they are clear, it is really hard to see the mating detents that they are to fit into. I have had to solve this by filing the hinge pins down enough such that they fit in and then I have to glue them. I think this would have worked better if the parts were not cast in clear. Also the clear is much more brittle than the grey plastic.

I am taking the time to write this even though Vinnie's review was some time ago. With the new modified version that Dragon has just released it seems that they have the same set up, and I want folks to know that they are a serious challenge. I struggled quite a while with them and only because I wanted the visors to be open because I think the tank has a more detailed and cool look that way. If they are going to be closed, then dont even mess with them at all and just glue the exterior visors on the outside.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 01:18 AM UTC
Geez Pat, talk about pulling a thread out of mothballs! lol
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 01:20 AM UTC
Wow Pat Make a thread in the constructive feedback thread with some pics of your build!

And I hate all the clear periscopes, particulary the PIV where they make ALL the parts in clear, kinda stupid actually. I'd rather just paint them and just put a little gloss clear where the lens is.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 04:08 AM UTC
Will do Kevin, thanks for the suggestion.