1-35 Dragon Platz Pz Kpfw IV Ausf D
I built this Panzer about a year ago. I had built several 1/35 Dragon armor kits over the years and always felt they where some of the most extensive and detailed kits of both old and modern armor. But, this extensive detail came at a cost; They have very high parts count! In my opinion they are overly high and complex especially during a period in which slide-molding technology has allowed for the manufacturing of very detailed complex parts with minimal assembly. Don’t get me wrong I sometimes enjoy the challenge of a kit with a 1000 parts but sometimes it is just over-kill especially when you realize what these 1000 parts are for. For example, I recently built a Dragon 1/35 Tiger Tank. Wonderful kit, but wow was the parts count high and overly complex. I remember being so frustrated when I got to the finally assembly and started constructing the on-board tools. There is this common German tank lifting jack included. It must of required the assembly of 5 to 6 pieces just for a jack...agggg!
I think Dragon became aware of this feedback and developed a new line called the “Platz” series. It was developed with the goal of delivering a very detailed, and accurate model, but with minimal, more acceptable parts count. For example the Dragon Platz Kpfw IV Ausf D featured in this article contains the same tank lifting jack. It is a 1-piece part requiring no assembly and looks as good as the one in the aforementioned Dragon Tiger. This new Dragon “Platz” Panzer IV just fell together in no time at all. Yet it looked to me as accurate and detailed as older versions with contained much more complex assemblies. I was very satisfied with the build experience. I highly recommend this model to all model armor enthusiasts. It can make for a nice vacation project in between those terribly complex builds.
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