Dragon 1/35 US
Marines, Iwo Jima 1945
Dragon 1/35 US Marines, Iwo Jima
Anyone who has read much of anything about WWII knows at least a little about
Iwo Jima. Those who have delved deeper in to the history of the battle for Iwo
Jima will know way more than I know. So with that being said I will not try
to give a history leason here because I trust that so many of you folks know
so much more than me I will do nothing but show how much I still need to
From the preview:
has helped to make a name for itself by producing quality figure sets for the
1/35 enthusiast and this set continues that tradition. Included are two large
and one small set of standard sprues along with two smaller more highly detailed
sprues of weapons along with a photo etch fret.
four figures as shown on the box art and as one would expect, the molding on
these is very good with minimal mold seam so clean-up will be pretty quick. As
you might expect, there are really more bits than you'll probably use, but then
again, looking at the parts placement/painting drawings, perhaps they will need
all this stuff as the figures are pretty loaded down with gear.
this set is a flame thrower and bazooka along with a number of weapons,
probably more than will be used by these figures, so you will have spares. There
is also an etched fret that is basically straps for the various weapons used by
no construction guide as one is normally used to with larger models. Instead,
there is a full color painting guide that shows where the various bits and
pieces are attached to the figure. This guide shows both sides of each figure so
there is no doubt as to what goes where. As these figures have camouflaged
helmets, there are two pattern guides provided for that as well. Paints pretty
much look like Gunze and Model Master with some of the colors needing to be
I've been spoiled when it
comes to model companies knowing that builders like me ain't the brightest
bulbs in on the tree, I always have had instructions that save me from my own
stupidity. Heck I need directions for mac and cheese. Just ask my girls.
Did you know that you add milk and butter to make the whole concoction to
work. This kit doesn't know me so well and oh my goodness I had to put
thought into it. But that's OK, I was up to it. First things first, get
acquainted with the kit and the parts. There isn't a step by step with this
kit so take your time and use your own judgment as to which order things
should go together.
I figured that I could do major body assemblies first without getting into
too much trouble. I was right, for the most part. After putting on the first
two heads I realized that I shouldn't have done that yet. The
only thing that I wish Dragon would have differently, other than the lack of
step by step instructions, is how the heads go on. So two heads were finished
while on the bodies and the other two were finished away from the bodies.
When putting the chin straps on having the head unattached is very
helpful. You can tell which two were done in which way because of who has their
chin straps just hanging vs. strapped. I chalk this up to the builder's
stupidity and not to kit.
I kind of wish they had longer necks and deeply recessed neck holes so
that there wouldn't be such a seam line at the neck. Maybe others could do
this but I couldn't figure out how to hide it. I tried to hide it by making
the area below the seam appear to be T-shirt. After doing that I decided that
this may not have been such good idea. Oh well too late to fix it now.
Next came the weapons.
These are beautifully rendered. I don't know what most of them are but they
are pretty. And Scott was more than right with his preview when he said that
there are way more weapons than you will need. They have more guns than Rambo
and more ammo than the 82nd Airborne. I don't know if Dragon does a weapons
only kit out there but judging from this if they don't they should really
think about having one. The only problems I ran into with the weapons was the
Flamethrower. I had a tough time getting the guy's hands to line up eith the
flamethrower handles. I also could not get the gas line from the tank on his
back to hook up with flame launcher in his hand. I finally gave up with that
and replaced it with braided wire that was intended for automotive models. I
found out that if you touch the end of braided wire to liquid CA that the
braided wire will suck up the glue to where your fingers are holding it and
make you cuss, a lot.
Up to this point I felt pretty confident about my guessing abilities with
how to assemble these guys. The photo-etch changed most of that. As I said
before it bit me in the backside with chin straps. The gun straps all but
killed me. Not knowing a thing about how gun straps should be strung and not
thinking about going on-line for research until writing this, I guessed some
more. I think that I must have looked like monkey doing chemical engineering
trying to figure the gun straps out. If there was only one thing that
I really wish Dragon would have done differently would be instructions for the
straps. I think I did good enough to hide my mistakes from most folks but the
really sharp eyed persons should be able to tell me how to do better next
time. At least one third of the time I spent on this was with the
The box says that there are insignia in with the photo-etched parts but I
couldn't find any. So I really don't know if that was the builder's bad or
Dragon's bad. Oh well one less thing for me to screw up I guess.
Simply put I used what I had on hand. That and I don't have enough
Dragon kits under my belt to know their color system. But mostly I just
always go with what I have on hand and looks about right to me. Olive Drab
for their overall uniforms and a tanish color for the belts and straps. Now
before anyone gets to excited and feels the need to point out the
obvious no I haven't done a wash yet. Mostly because I won't do one until I
know just how I'll use these guys in a diorama, but from what I'm seeing
these should take a wash very well.
Now as far as painting the photo etch goes, a time for learning. Having
never done photo etched gun straps before I wasn't to sure if I should fold
then paint or paint then fold. I went with the latter because it seemed
the easy way to go. Not to mention I think I saw somewhere sometime someone
selling prepainted photo etched trees. Kind of made me feel like a big kid.
As noted before this kit comes with no decals or insignia so that part
was not a problem.
Well after I built various heads and bodies and guns I really had to
eventually put them all together, so I did. And guess what, I am really
happy with the results. Now I don't know how it got past until this point
but I did finally notice their hands. Not terrible by any means but sort of
lacking detail. That seems odd to me that the rest of the detail is so good
and the hands almost look like an afterthought. Not a deal breaker by any
means but it was a bit disappointing.
I am impressed by this kit. Most of the issues I had were my own fault
due to lack of brains or experience. Not as crisp as some of the
better resin kits but I'll go ahead and assume that most folks won't mind
since you won't spend near as much money on this kit. Plus with kit you
get much much more. Not only do you get extra weapons and ammo but some
of the guns are broken down. I would be surprised if their ain't builders out there
who wouldn't love to buy this kit just for those guns-n-parts. Now if I
could just figure out how the rest of those gun are going to used in my
future WWII models.
Just the box art and single page guild. And of course fact that I'm all
knowing. HA HA Ha Ha ha ha. I'll shut up now.
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