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  Building the DML Panzer IV E
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: April 05, 2003
KitMaker: 4,924 posts
Armorama: 3,679 posts
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005 - 09:10 AM UTC
I have tried to refrain from posting in this thread, and instead have allowed others to use it as a 'platform' for airing their grievances, real or imaginary, against firstly Dragon, presumably for making a fantastic kit which some people have no problems with, and secondly, against reviewers they see as less perfect than themselves. I'm just glad that this great site can provide this sort of person with somehwhere to post. :-) :-) :-) By the way Xavier, great links on the Glacis.....I particularly like the knock out pins which you've left for their 'visual' effect.

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Gelderland, Netherlands
Joined: February 01, 2004
KitMaker: 1,699 posts
Armorama: 433 posts
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2005 - 10:47 AM UTC
just do your thing Vinnie,i like what you are doing and with me a lot of other peeps on this site.my understanding was that you buy most of the kits you builld/review and simply thanking dragon just because they made them and not because they have you in their pocket.i only say this once;vinnie is for real in my book.on to the next build/review/feature or what else that you all do.

cheers mate.

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Quebec, Canada
Joined: March 11, 2005
KitMaker: 34 posts
Armorama: 29 posts
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 04:15 PM UTC

Hi Vinnie ,
I just purchased this kit and can't wait to start building it. Luckily, I also found your "resume" on this gorgeous kit.I printed everything...promise, I won't sell it. Anyways, thank you for your usual input, you are always a "teacher".Glad that you are on board.Looking forward reading some more from your future experiences,
Claude aka diamonds088
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: November 28, 2005
KitMaker: 235 posts
Armorama: 0 posts
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2005 - 02:28 AM UTC

Thanks for this build, just bought this kit as a xmas present to myself. I wonder if you could outline your advice when it comes to what to assemble or not when it comes to painting. This is the most advanced kit I have built, and after two days I am trudging away on the bogeys still.

I am also new to airbrushing so any advice as to what parts I should or shouldn't attach for painting would be appreciated.

P.S. I also don't have the steady hands required to hand paint tools and the like once attached!
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Michigan, United States
Joined: December 11, 2003
KitMaker: 5,409 posts
Armorama: 3,777 posts
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2005 - 02:54 AM UTC
I believed that a feature was just a journal of a builder's experience with the kit. It is not a critique to historical accuracy or detail. It is simply a diary of the person's building experience. If the kit is full of inaccuracies but yet easy to put together, the feature will more than likely be favorable. If filling a gap or sanding a few parts is enjoyable to the builder the feature will likely be favorable.

A review is probably done by a person (but not always)with an interest in that subject and will comment on the accuracies. These would be a little more critical about the way a part looks or how it fits together because it is a technical inspection.

It is also my understanding that for Armorama, the samples go to a few central people who them randomly redistribute them to numerous volunteers with no say in what type of sample they receive. So for an individual, there is no benefit in "flowering" a review because he/she cannot curry favor for additional sample kit in the future from any manufacture.
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England - North West, United Kingdom
Joined: April 20, 2004
KitMaker: 2,439 posts
Armorama: 1,980 posts
Posted: Friday, December 30, 2005 - 03:15 AM UTC
Well am just taking a brake from doing the suspension on this kit,done one side,first off i was scratching my head for about 30 minutes trying to put all the pieces together,well i worked it out in the end.easy when you know how
i think the kit is top notch in my book,but what do i know ,i just build them i dont know the right measurements to a panzer or any other kit and i dont realy care,as long as your happy with it thats all that matters
people should just build the god dam kit and admire the the work thats gone into producing such a fine model.
so its thanks to dragon and tom cockel for this dream of a kit,the beers are on me

cheers karl
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 20, 2002
KitMaker: 347 posts
Armorama: 167 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 10:19 PM UTC
Excellent review. Felt like I was building the kit too.

I can't wait to get my new glasses so I can see again and get me one of these!

Cheers, MSW
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Joined: August 12, 2005
KitMaker: 14,499 posts
Armorama: 11,675 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 11:25 PM UTC
Hi Vinnie - Al here.

I work in the same profession as you and only started modelling again in late 2005.

I had a similar pointless comment on a question I posted recently about LCVP's.

I like many others model for fun and whilst accuracy is important one can only do ones best.

The reviews provided by yourself and others are invaluable to me and many others.

I say good luck to you if Dragon think highly enough of your skills to send you a free kit to review. I've been pestering them for months to increase their range of British vehicles and figures and if they sent me a kit (based on an idea I had given them) I'd be delighted.

Keep up the good work.