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Dragon M-103A1...WHAT is it really??????
swede82
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Alabama, United States
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 04:46 AM UTC
OK, I love looking up info on a project but this is boggling my mind! What is this tank?? It is not a -103A1 nor does it match any -103 photos from the rear! Is this maybe a T-43 or T-43A1 or -E2?? Is it a major mfg. screwup?? Would love to hear from anyone that has info on this !!!!!
18Bravo
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 04:53 AM UTC
Pawel did a very thorough corrective build of this. Some data derived from my walkaround. What is it? One word: Abomination.
Tank1812
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC

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Is it a major mfg. screwup??



In a way yes, Black Label mean KOD (kiss of death) just walk away and you will be happier. You have been warned.
swede82
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 06:02 AM UTC
Did Pawel post anything on here, like a build or a run down on this kit? Is this just a stick it together and put it on the shelf? Is there another mfg. that has the -103 kit available?
18Bravo
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 06:38 AM UTC
http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=234669

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=219229&ord=&page=1

And finally:

https://vodnik.net/pages/M103A1/m103a1.htm

Only game in town for 1/35 plastic. There was a resin one from Commanders(?) but apparently not up to snuff either.
Cantstopbuyingkits
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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 06:53 AM UTC

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Only game in town for 1/35 plastic. There was a resin one from Commanders(?) but apparently not up to snuff either.



Apparently it seems like much of the BL kits was copied from the Commander Models' version of the vehicle.
HDSC2D
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 02:53 AM UTC

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OK, I love looking up info on a project but this is boggling my mind! What is this tank?? It is not a -103A1 nor does it match any -103 photos from the rear! Is this maybe a T-43 or T-43A1 or -E2?? Is it a major mfg. screwup?? Would love to hear from anyone that has info on this !!!!!


Major screwup!
One of many problems is the kit uses a lengthened M48 hull when the M103 had a unique hull with a different “nose” profile than the M48.