Dragon's older M1 kits are actually pretty nice and were the best of the older Abrams kits. They may not be the easiest to build, but were the most detailed and gave you more options than the others that were out there. With a little TLC and by taking your time, they can be turned into great models. Trumpeter's has issues with the shape of the left front of the turret and a couple other issues. Tamiya's was missing many details and has no surface texture. Academy's M1s are just horrible. They are copies of Tamiya with all their faults, and even their newer one has turret size issues and the wrong track.
The new Dragon kits are awesome, but have about 400 pieces each and still have some fit issues. They look great when done, but don't expect them to just fall together either. There are some issues with the instructions not being clear in areas too.
If you had problems with the older kits, you may still have issues with the newer ones. Take your time on them and be patient. They are not beginner kits.
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