Dragon Normandy Tiger Upgraded | Armorama™

Dragon will release an upgraded kit of their Normandy Tiger


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I am soooo glad that this isn’t a upgraded re-release of their late tiger one premium set 3 in 1. This kit has the same box art. I have the 3-in-1 kit and I started it but there is just so many parts and different options and the instructions are so dadgum confusing I don’t think I’ll ever finish it.

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Looks nice but not enticing enough to be Tiger #25 in the stash unless the price is very friendly.

:blush:

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5 years ago I took a serious look at the Tiger I section of the Holy Stash. 21 Tamiya and Dragon Tiger I’s. When am I going to build them all and do I really want to? So I built the snots out of the Dragon initial Tiger I Tunisia, kept the Dragon late with zimm and the Wittman’s last Tiger Cyber-Hobby and sold the rest at my show. Time’s too short to build the same tank, even the Tiger I, that many times.

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I hear ya Matt. I’ve got to do the same thing with the 15 or so Sherman’s I have. I think I only have 3 or 4 tigers lol……

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Richard, after I built my first Asuka Sherman, I gathered all of my Dragon Sherman kits (30 of them) and sold them off at my show. The only one I kept was the 105mm which Asuka doesn’t make. I’ve built my Asuka collection up to 12 and have 3 RFM Shermans.

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Agreed Matt,

I’m definitely going to have to increase my output from six finished projects a year to at least ten to ever have a chance of wrapping an initial, early, middle & late! To me the plus of the stock pile is being able to cherry pick.

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The trend with Dragon now is reissuing past kits with a few gimmicks. Doesn’t seem like a great business model to me, but what do I know?

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I agree 100%. Hasegawa has been doing it for years with their line of 1/32 scale WWII Aircraft kits. Especially the Jap Zero and German ME-109.
All it takes is New Box art and New decals and it suddenly transforms into a New Kit. Ask me how I know.

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It’s not just their 1/32 kits - they have been at it for years with their 1/48 stuff as well . At least in the past you got wonderful Koike Shigeo box art . Now it’s all CGI … :sob:

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I did more or less the same thing, except instead of selling off my Dragon Shermans, I piled all the sprues and parts into a large box I call “The Dragon Sherman Part Graveyard”, and raid it once in a while for specific, useful parts (not that many, actually).

I’ve also got 12 Tasczuka Shermans so far, 3 built and finished, 3 in various states of assembly, and the rest for future projects.

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Take a look at the clamps for the pioneer tools - they don’t include all the details. And it seems like they aren’t including PE for them either.

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Hey Julius welcome to Armorama!

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Wow they are now including a “bonus” metal barrel and Magic Tracks. They are now back to giving us what we would get in a Dragon kit 15-25 years ago.

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And now asking $79.99 for it!

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I seem to remember that the original boxing didn’t have Zimmerit moulded on. I got my old one out of the cabinet to check, but I’m still not sure! That either means it did or I did a reasonable job doing it myself! The kit was supposed to replicate Wittmann’s tank at Villers-Bocage, but since at the time there was still some confusion over which number he actually used, I copped out and used “205”. There was a bonus figure of the man himself, I presume this isn’t in this time! The pose was based on the famous pre-Normandy photos with him sitting on the barrel of the “88”. I’ve still got the box, there was a lot of left-over optional pieces…
Since I’ve made this once I don’t see much point in repeating it…

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Depends on the shop…Cyber-hobby has it at $50, no idea of postage, though:

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Dragon must going GREEN to cut carbon emissions because their :green_heart: :recycle: recycling all sorts of OLD stuff with a few new parts or new packaging!

Listed on Cyber-hobby etc.

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Dragon’s days of cutting new molds seem to be gone, but they are re-releasing their kits with 3D printed items and a few other perks to remain relevant. They are hoping to catch the whole crop of new modelers that weren’t around in the 2000’s to buy these kits on the first go-round. It’s nice to see Dragon back in the market, but they have to watch their pricing! They have to compete with RFM, Takom, and Meng. $50 is pushing it and $80 is really asking too much.

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DML seem to have taken a leaf out of Tamiya’s book in churning older models. I suppose it makes financial sense as these dies must have more than paid for themselves by now so why not? Adding in AM bits doesn’t cost them much but helps the product sell. Win-win for DML.

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