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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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REVIEW
DML 105mm Howitzer M2A1
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 - 07:52 AM UTC
Mike Del Vecchio provides an In-Box review of Dragon's 105mm Howitzer M2A1 & Carriage M2A1, with four included figures, in 1/35.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
jowady
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2009 - 03:49 PM UTC
Boy oh boy, it would be great if they made an 3 inch (or if someone makes a conversion, finally something for those M2 HTs to tow!. Of course I am also happy with the 105, it means that I don't have to backdate my Italeri so I can make it for a postwar (cold war) gun.

John
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 07:03 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

Many thanks for the review, almost missed this one!!

Al
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:44 PM UTC
Alan - Thanks for the Thank you.

Rounds Complete!!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 01:09 PM UTC
This kit is well detailed and well molded. The instruction sheet , on the other hand, ummm.. sucks. I've spent more time looking at Toadman's pictures than the instructions! Say what you will about Tamiya, but, every other manufacturer could learn from their instruction sheets.
UncaBret
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 10:37 AM UTC
The instructions say to use parts C11 and C12, this is wrong. Use C17 (x2) instead. Wish I'd figured that out BEFORE the glue set.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 12:11 PM UTC
I usaully use my research as a check but have found some vendors like Dragon to make many mistakes.....shows a low level of QA/QC in the pre-production phase.

The only thing worse is resin kit instructions!!

When I reviewed the kit, it was an "in box" review. I had not gone through the entire instruction sheet.

I feel you pain

Rounds Complete!!
UncaBret
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 08:30 AM UTC

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When I reviewed the kit, it was an "in box" review. I had not gone through the entire instruction sheet.


I understand, that's why I'm posting here. You did a good review, I knew exactly what was in the box! It's a good kit, it's the instructions that stink! Unfortunatly, the only way to figure that out is to build it.
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Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 03:09 PM UTC
If I was 'writing" the instructions there would be a lot of changes! Like putting the big pieces together BEFORE putting on the little bits! I'd love to meet the idiots that that designed this instruction sheet and smack 'em! (had to be a commitee, no one person could screw it up this bad!)
redleg12
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Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 11:35 PM UTC
Yep - I have seen that on many sheets. I try to read first before I build. I use a yellow highlighter to mark which items I left off so I can find all the little buggers when I am ready.

Rounds Complete!!
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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 02:08 AM UTC
Good, review, Mike! I have this kit in the stash and look forward to building it. Now, I have a quick question (if you can answer it that is). I've read in other reviews on this kit where the authors mentioned the wheels/tires to be incorrect for this version. Is this actually the case here?

Thanks for any feedback!

Rob