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Dragon: Sd.Kfz 250/7
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 03:34 AM UTC


DJ Judge shares with us a review of the Sd.Kfz 250/7 Ausf. A from Dragon in 1/35th scale.

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Taeuss
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:24 AM UTC
The tracks are a pain to assemble but look so good once they're done so I'd not complain too much or Dragon might reissue with their dreaded DS tracks!
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 01:36 AM UTC
Those tracks are very similar in their assembly method to Model kasten. Yes time consuming but they just look so good, and yes lets not mention it as Dragon might go to those awful DS ones . Have fun Wayne
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:48 PM UTC
I hear what you say about the track, but if you use the kit one ensure you do not sneeze on the parts....you will never find them again
Taeuss
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Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 08:09 AM UTC
Even worse with the dreaded tracks from any of their Pz I kits! Practically braille scale.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 08:33 AM UTC

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Even worse with the dreaded tracks from any of their Pz I kits! Practically braille scale.


But at least they're Dragon and not Alan or Mirage. Alan Panzer I track and RPM/Mirage T-26 Track are the stuff of nightmares.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - 07:31 PM UTC
I recently built a Sd.Kfz. 253 (CyberHobby) and to me the tracks are a huge PITA. First, there are two ejector marks on each link, which take some time to remove. Second, the pins are so fragile that I broke several during assembly. That means drilling holes and using copper wire for the pins, Friul-style. Granted, they look good, but for me it's never again!

Better use Friuls, or maybe the new 3D-printed tracks by Minor from Spain. These have to be ordered directly, though, at least in Germany. The only distributor, Sockelshop, has stopped selling their products.

Another big letdown in Dragon's 250/252/253 kits are the drive sprockets. The older ones, which are still included in some kits, are much more accurate, even if they lack some detail like the rivets for the rubber pads. But the rollers are the correct size and slightly offset, as they should be. The newer sprockets have more detail but are totally off in all other respects. See Terry Ashley's reviews (Perth Military) for more on that.