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Panzerbeobactungswagen Panther
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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 08:42 PM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at the recent Dragon Models release of a Panzerbeobactungswagen Panther D.

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Sgt_Pickle
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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 09:47 PM UTC
No photo-etch for engine deck grills (seriously?), DS*** tracks, those horrible plastic tracks (I would rather stab myself than build them again). What the hell is this? 70 dollars. Is Dragon insane or what?
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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 11:30 PM UTC
Reminds me of armor kits from before my birth with entirely absent brass and clear parts... then swiftly pulls me back to 2015 with a 49.99 pricetag.
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 09:06 PM UTC
Nice comprehensive review, Squire.
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Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 09:25 PM UTC
This is a rhetorical question so not really expecting an answer unless the Dragon Marketing Staff happens to be looking in . . . .

Why would the cover box art pose the vehicle turret turned away from the viewer when the mantlet alterations are the most significant differences about this Panther?

I guess they would say that they are showing these features in profile and so therefore they are showing the differences in an even stronger light.

But then why is the selected artwork so "washed out" white on white, in these important areas.

The old box art was much more informative and visually interesting. It made me want to buy this "castrated" Panther!

As always just one man's opinion!
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019 - 10:06 AM UTC
I know this is a very old post but I just got this kit on sale from Dragon USA for less than $20.00. They have these sales several times a year. I couldn't pass it up for that price. This year alone I have been able to get at least 4 kits for a fraction of the MSRP. If you are interested in Dragon kits at good prices check out the http://www.dragonmodelsusa.com/dmlusa/prodmidh.asp?tlcode=DRA website. It's worth a look. This is for the online store where you can find the sales. http://www.dragonusaonline.com/
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019 - 12:56 PM UTC

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I know this is a very old post but I just got this kit on sale from Dragon USA for less than $20.00. They have these sales several times a year. I couldn't pass it up for that price. This year alone I have been able to get at least 4 kits for a fraction of the MSRP. If you are interested in Dragon kits at good prices check out the http://www.dragonmodelsusa.com/dmlusa/prodmidh.asp?tlcode=DRA website. It's worth a look. This is for the online store where you can find the sales. http://www.dragonusaonline.com/



You're a few years late on the sales, as well. At that time Dragon had not decided to retire a huge portion of their inventory and you could still get most of their catalog for prices of 50% off or even better. Now all they have are the same couple dozen kits that keep going on sale over and over. The website is a shadow of its former self these days.
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2019 - 04:08 PM UTC

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I know this is a very old post but I just got this kit on sale from Dragon USA for less than $20.00. They have these sales several times a year. I couldn't pass it up for that price. This year alone I have been able to get at least 4 kits for a fraction of the MSRP. If you are interested in Dragon kits at good prices check out the http://www.dragonmodelsusa.com/dmlusa/prodmidh.asp?tlcode=DRA website. It's worth a look. This is for the online store where you can find the sales. http://www.dragonusaonline.com/



You're a few years late on the sales, as well. At that time Dragon had not decided to retire a huge portion of their inventory and you could still get most of their catalog for prices of 50% off or even better. Now all they have are the same couple dozen kits that keep going on sale over and over. The website is a shadow of its former self these days.






Because I bought the kit. I wanted to see if it was reviewed here on Armorama. I have been buying from Dragon USA for years. The same kits might be stuck in the sale rotation over and over but it gives me a chance to get some kits that interest me....that I wasn't going to pay 60 or 70 dollars for. I got the Vollkettenaufklaerer (based on the 38(t)) and the Brumbaer befehlswagen with zimmerit, both for $38.00. I'll keep buying these discounted kits until I've bought everything I want. I never pay full price for any kit. I'll buy it on sale or pre-order new kits at discounted prices. I like the Dragon Models USA website. Just my humble opinion.