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Here's a few pics of my recently completed Dragon T-72 w/ERA. Not much to say, built OOB, nothing fancy. First effort using Elmers dum-dum snakes to mask the cammo pattern.
All in all a real pleasant build and pretty much a no-brainer. It's a shame there's not much info on the web to be found regarding this kit. I picked it up at a local contest for $15...a real steal if you ask me.
The instructions were actually pretty good. They were similar to Hasegawa instructions IMO. There was a separate sheet for the ERA option. You can build the kit either with or without the reactive armor.
The dum-dum 'snakes' are actually Elmer's Tack (like Blu-Tac but made by Elmer's). They come in strips about 3" long and 1/4" in the blister pack. I get them at Michael's. I rolled them into 'snakes' then applied them on lines I drew on the model denoting the cammo demarcation lines. Then mask with tape between the 'snakes where you want the base color to remain. Very nice for cammo patterns on tanks or planes.
I tend to call blu-tac dum-dum since that's the term I'm more familiar with from aviation and vacuum bagging composite parts (we use dum-dum to seal the plastic sheeting used to make the vacuum bags)
The T-72 is one of their first kits from close to 30 years ago
April 5 2012, 4:21 PM
Not one of their better efforts as it was done before anyone really had access to a real T-72 so much of the proportions and details are conjectural at best. IIRC the armor layout is not really authentic either. Still it makes up into a nice enough looking model on its own merits. Even with its faults the Tamiya T-72 is still vastly better. The old Dragon figure has duck lips
It had the misfortune of being the hot, new kit and in a New York minute being the all wrong kit when the Wall came down and the Bundeswehr couldn't give the former East German tanks away. I built on OOB when it came out and like it. I even enjoyed building the Esci T-72/74 kits when they came out. It was good to have modern Soviet armor beyond the Tamiya T-62.
The molds have been passed around like an ugly sister first to Shanghai Dragon, Revell of Germany and currently Zvezda. I think Italeri stuck the plastic in one of their boxes as well.
Standards have changed since 1989-90. Even the Tamiya T-72 gets knocked for being an exact copy of an uncommon combination of turret and hull used very briefly by the East Germans. Designers were happy to get access to a T-72 without regards to variant or the tank's origin.
But since someone asked about how the kit was, its fair to point out that it does have some issues. I built one of these when it first came out and it was a fun build. I had a couple other issues laying around that I think I threw out a couple years ago as its just not worth the effort today. FYI it is also the same as the Revell and Zvezda T-72
I built it twice, once as a Lion of Babylon and once as an M-84. The original was issued in 1989 , and the kit certainly has its problems but I never had any major issues building the kit. Considering the bitching going on about Zvezda's T-90, there is still no great kit of the T-72 family. But that said, the Dragon T-72 and 80 can be good for parts. The Dragon T-72 also has the more common six-spoke wheels, not on the Tamiya kit.
I'm working on the Zvezda T-90 right now, the issues are fairly modest, really no worse than correcting an M-48 or M-60-- lower the suspension a little, and replace the side skirts with narrower ones. I'm not sure how the link and length tracks will fit after that, but I suspect they will be ok.
says "on order" which isnt always a good thing. Usually they say something like "late April". When things are "on order" it can take them 9 months... Tower does not handle the full range of Zvezda kits and restock is really pokey.
I got my kit from Lucky Models a bit ago. IIRC their price was $31 or so.
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