Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 20, 2010 21:22:33 GMT 12
Has anyone here seen and made the Dragon 1/35 Allied Assault: Monte Cassino 1944?
I interviewed four remarkable 2 NZEF veterans of the Italian campaign today, all of whom were at Monte Cassino. This has inspired me to think about perhaps a diorama. I did a google and found this reasonably new set that looks the bees knees but I cannot find an actual photo of the figures, only the box art. Can anyone please help with a photo, or review.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 20, 2010 22:28:43 GMT 12
Thanks Sean, that does indeed help immensely. That 1980's-Esci-style artwork had me worried about the quality of what is inside the box but these troops look pretty good indeed. Something to keep me thinking anyway...
Although it is not a new technique, the use of slide molds allows more accurate reproduction of details than traditional two-piece molds. This is done by using injection molds with moving parts (known as "slides") that are inserted into the mold to form parts and then removed so the part can be extracted from the mold. It helps increase the authenticity of the model and reduce the number of parts by molding details onto larger parts. Weld patterns between plates, gratings, one-piece hull and turret interior are common features included in Dragon kits. The usage of slide mold technology has caused Dragon to rely less on photo-etched parts"
So basically you get get better undercuts in the detail and more detail across the parts for fewer parts than in traditional two part clamp moulding. Dragon really brought slide moulding to the model game.
Last Edit: Apr 20, 2010 23:49:12 GMT 12 by Parrotfish
It's not yours until the little infantry guy stands on it.
Post by kiwichappers on Apr 25, 2010 5:57:44 GMT 12
Dave I have a couple of sets Dragon 'Commonwealth Infantry - Italy 1943-44, which appear to be very good also. There are six figures four in shorts and two in trousers with a good assortment of weapons and webbing pouches. Have a look at www.modelingmadness.com/scotts/misc/figures/dragon/6380.htm
Post by kiwichappers on Oct 3, 2017 6:31:07 GMT 12
Now then Gents and Gentesses,
My first 1/35 diorama, in fact my first armour diorama. It is based on the photograph found in my fathers album although I do not think it is a picture he took as it is a differs from the format of all the others in that part of his album. The date and unit are conjecture based on a 'most likely' scenario that might explain the photo.
The PAK40 is the Tamiya kit from the 70s and the crew are modified from Tamiya, Masterbox and Riich figures with Ultracast helmets. Ammo boxes are scratch built and the ammunition turned up from brass stock.
If anyone has information or a better explanation for the original photograph I would be interested to hear from them.