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1/72 Dragon LRDG Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun – finished

After one of the most challenging constructions since I build scale models, I finally managed to paint this little kit from Dragon. For the first time, I used Mr. Gunze Hobby Color acrylics; these are very fine paints, with a longer drying time compared to Vallejo, the paints I used so far. This is useful for airbrush, as for the hand brush nothing beats Vallejo.

I must mention again the excellent upgrading set from Hauler, it was a great addition and I strongly recommend it. I plan a little diorama, somewhere in north Africa, but my searches for some decent SAS figurines were fruitless so far.

I weathered the entire model with several layers of oil paints, and added a small amount of pigments at the end.

I still don’t like my photos against white background, but I know I’ll keep trying 🙂

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Dragon LRDG Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun – construction done

After a short review I started the construction of what proved to be one of the most challenging braille scale projects I have ever built. It was both expensive and time consuming, and the kit itself delivers too little for how much it costs. I had to buy an aftermarket PE set from Hauler and a set of resin wheels from the same Czech manufacturer in order to fix a least some of the problems.

All the major parts of the constructed kit are not glued permanently. Beside the PE set I scratched a few details myself, and replaced others, while for the “textile” parts I used Milliput. The front turn signals are entirely scratched, as Dragon “forgot” to include them in the kit. There are few more details to add: a Lee-Enfield rifle and some small tools, and, of course the Lewis Gun. For the sand mats mounted on top of the front fenders, I’m thinking of using Milliput also, it was a first time for me and proved to be a very useful material.

This time I will use Mr. Hobby Acrylics paints instead of my usual Vallejo. It will be sandy yellow with patches of light blue.

In conclusion, this is a great subject but a mediocre kit, don’t be fooled by the nice covering box, some efforts are required to turn this Chevy into a good model for display.

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Dragon – 7439 – Long Range Desert Group Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun

Recently I’ve seen a picture of a LRDG Chevy used by the British army in the desert in WWII, and I instantly fell in love with it. I checked the offer in 1/72 scale and found this Dragon kit. _MG_8313-004

Well, what’s inside this box doesn’t provide the quality you would normally expect from a Dragon kit… at least from their golden era. Though there are good parts, the general impression is the kit was done in a hurry.

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The biggest disappointment are the wheels; they are one piece, not like the CAD drawings on the box showing separate tires and wheel rims. All four road wheels look the same, but in reality the bolt circles of the back wheels is noticeably larger. The tire tread is not very deep and a there is an ugly moulding seam, whose removal will further damage the surface. And there is more bad news: all wheels were moulded with a hollow back!

So I’ve searched for a good PE set and Hauler came to my rescue. Besides metal parts, you get two beautiful Lee Enfields, a crate, some cans, a shovel – all in resin.

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Hauler also provides, as a separate upgrading set, four road wheels and two spares, an excellent representation of the real thing. _MG_8318-009

With the Dragon wheels.

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In conclusion, this is rather a mediocre kit compared with Dragon’s own high standard visible in their previous releases. At least an upgrade set for the wheels is a welcome addition.

Model available in our searcher, here.