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DML Fighting Elite in the East
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 08:26 AM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at one of Dragons latest releases entitled "German Fighting Elite in the East".

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Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 08:42 AM UTC
I wish that weapon sprue could be available separately...
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 02:06 AM UTC
Thank you for the excellent review, Darren.

Too bad DML didn't provide a Broomhandle out of the holster, especially one of the later autos with the extended mag that was used during WWII. I haven't seen one produced of this version.

I wonder if DML has thought to start making some of the "cloth" equipment items and maybe even arms/hands out of their DS100? it should allow for more realistic conforming to the figure and better posing.

A really nice review.
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 02:45 AM UTC
Great review Darren- there are some nice touches in this kit. Weird the way they left out a set of binoculars though!
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 02:48 AM UTC
Hi Darren

Regarding your comment about not enough pairs of binoculars. I think your figure sprue has two on there but one has not come out the mould correctly, and is only half of a "pair". Go to the figure sprue (as in your photo)and see the binoculars, go straight down to bottom section I think you'll see it. Along with the one you say is on the equipment sprue that would make three.

I actually think the equipment detail looks a bit off on this set, soft not as crisp as some before, but its difficult to tell in photos with the shiny plastic etc.

Alan
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 04:04 AM UTC
Good catch on the bino's Alan, that is indeed a half a pair...either short shot or broken

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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 05:20 AM UTC
I know exactly what part you are talking about and I could not decide what it was supposed to be, I did not even consider a poor moulding as DML is now known for that but I will take another look shortly and get back to you all ASAP.
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 06:11 AM UTC
Very good spot Alan your eyes were spot on, it is a mis-moulded pair of binoculars.
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 10:42 AM UTC
Good in-depth review. Thanks!

Could it be the drawstring for the smock chest opening that looks to be like a lanyard for a set of binos?
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 11:05 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Good in-depth review. Thanks!

Could it be the drawstring for the smock chest opening that looks to be like a lanyard for a set of binos?



I think it's the box art showing three of the figures with binoculars that made Darren come to the conclusion three should be included
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 12:28 PM UTC

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Good catch on the bino's Alan, that is indeed a half a pair...either short shot or broken



They may be flat on one side to accomodate the fit on the chest. Although not realistic, it may be a new attempt by Dragon to allow for easier assembly.
Wish Dragon would sell individual sprues.
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Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 - 04:55 PM UTC
Sorry Matt that is not the case as this is ocular as opposed to binocular and it does look as if it is half moulded. I believed the part was some sort of sighting device I had never seen before as like I said bad moulding is not a Dragon trait. This is the trouble with me following linier thought
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 08:00 PM UTC
Various manufacterers have been calling SS figures 'Elite Troops' for years, partly because of the draconian rules in Germany, and partly to avoid aquisations of ' glorification'. Same reason why the runes are not shown on the box art, but the sleeve eagle has.

Likewise with the tail marking for many aaeroplane kits, which have either no swastika included at all, or you have to add a few 'puzzle pieces' ' together, to make one.

Good review btw


Henk