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DML Pz. III Ausf. M
bill_c
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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 10:36 AM UTC
Bill Cross''s 150th Kitmaker review features Dragon Model's Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M w/ Wading Muffler.



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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 02:06 PM UTC
Thanks Bill for the review. I don't see why Dragon didn't include the side armor
either. I have the old Pzkpfw. III Ausf. M/N imperial series in my stash and has the side and turret armor. Now that I.m looking at it maybe I start it this coming year.
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 05:35 AM UTC
I'm puzzled, too, but I suspect they save 10 cents on each kit, or something like that, by not including the Schuerzen.
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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:33 AM UTC
Given Dragon's history, I think it is sort of obvious why they didn't put the skirts in the box.

First they will sell a big pile of this kit.

Then a few months later they will push out the same exact kit, this time with skirts (which, as y'all noticed, cost only a few cents more) and sell a big pile of THAT kit.

End of story.

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:53 AM UTC
Good point, Danny.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 12:36 PM UTC
What about a PzIII A the one with the large bogies.... I think that Soverign made a resin version of this...
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 01:12 PM UTC

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What about a PzIII A the one with the large bogies?


The A-D variants are more historical curiosities than real tanks. Less than 70 of all four were produced, and those had limited service in Poland. The first real impact of the III was in France where the E & F had something to say. I would think one or more of them might make a good Cyberhobby White Box release, since the purpose of that line is rarities and other limited-run vehicles.

The challenge will be the leaf-spring suspensions of the earlier variants. The Ausf. E was the first to use the signature torsion-bar suspension found on most German tanks from the late 30s onward. The leaf spring version was not the same one used on other kits like the Pz. II, so producing it will mean expensive new molds for a kit with, I suspect, limited mass appeal.

This site has a line drawing showing the A, along with the B and C. Atelier infinite has a resin kit of the C and D for about $225 from Hobbylink Japan. While I love the Pz. III, that's too rich for my blood.