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  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Dragon's M103A1
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, March 13, 2015 8:00 PM

I just finished Dragon's M103A1 for a customer. I know about all the issues with the kit's dimensions. It still builds into a pretty impressive model though. This one is straight out of the box and lightly weathered. It went together pretty easily with no issues.

It is supposed to represent the tank in the below pic from 7 Army, 2 Bn, 33 Armored Regiment in Germany in the late '50s. The tank is D63 "Demon".

Thanks for looking.

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  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, March 13, 2015 10:54 PM

Very, very nice! I can see the differences between the A1 and A2. You've got a very clean tank there lol.

Did you have any problem with the gun tube being warped? Mine is warped a little. Did those markings come with the kit?

- Mike Brindos

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:03 AM

Hi Mike.  It was a fun build.  Luckily, no, the gin barrel was straight as an arrow.  The markings were put together from spares and other sheets.

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    January 2006
  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00 AM

Nice. I like when OOB builds offer very little resistance. Is the main gun tube a one piece type on the sprue? 

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:57 AM

Yup, a pretty cool build. You might wanna check your White Balance on your camera to get rid of that yellowish overcast in the photos.

Pretty odd to see two stars on the rear fenders as markings like that. That's a neat little detail that sets it apart.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:26 PM

Thanks Sprue and Doog.  It was a relatively easy build.  The barrel is one-piece and straight as an arrow with only a very fine mold line to sand off.  Yeah, the color is off a bit.  I need  to work on that.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:48 PM

I like the looks of it, very well done.

Doog, if you Google images of the M48s at Checkpoint Charlie, you'll see Cold War photos with the dual stars on rear fenders.

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:14 PM

Thanks Rob.  Despite what others have said about the dimensions of the kit being all hosed up, it still builds up nicely.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:29 PM

Looks perfect to me Gino!

My kit is about 95% done before I ended up getting distracted by other stuff, the only issue I had with the kit was the engine deck thermal deflector interferes with the rotation of the turret. From what I've seen on the internet it's a field modification (I think?) to keep the heat from the engine from cooking the commander in the overhanging turret so I guess you could modify the piece so it fits better?

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:18 PM

Actually, it was not a field mod, but how the tank was designed.  The issue is that Dragon made the exhaust cover too tall and the angle of the turret rear is too shallow, resulting in the turret hitting the exhaust cover.  I cut about 1/8 of an inch off the bottom of the cover and the exhaust pipes to lower it and make it fit so the turret turns freely.

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:57 PM

Rob Gronovius

I like the looks of it, very well done.

Doog, if you Google images of the M48s at Checkpoint Charlie, you'll see Cold War photos with the dual stars on rear fenders.

Cool, I"l check that out. Never knew that our boys wore those markings. Yes

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:38 PM

Thanks Gino, I figured cutting the deflector down a little would probably be the simplest solution but wasn't sure it was the right one.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:42 PM

Well I know squat about American army and must admit I had never heard of the m103, but that looks a pretty nice build to me.

Does your customer have any links to that tank.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:45 PM

Thanks Bish.  I think it came out nicely.  The only image I have of Demon is the one I posted in the original thread.  Hree are other images of M103A1s though:  www.google.com/search

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:58 PM

Sorry, when I said links, I meant personal links with that vehicle. I still ain't got the jist of this internet speak.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:36 PM

Got ya.  No, it was just an interesting vehicle he saw.  He collects lesser known armor (between the World Wars and Cold War Era).

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