M1A1 ABRAMS AIM U.S. ARMY DRAGON 1/35

This is my first posting. Until now I have operated the website “MINIATURE ARCADIA” for about 10 years. Working in the “HOMEPAGE BUILDER” software is a bit troublesome and the layout collapses with smartphones and tablets, so I thought of transferring the article to WordPress. I moved the topic of the M1 Abrams tank of the Dragon Models I built the very first. This work was from February to March 2007.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis time, I choose M1A1 Abrams in Iraq War. I hope it’s my first memorable nice kit. (2007/02/02)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 ALL PARTSI was surprised there were a lot of parts. There are about 760 parts. So many and I can’t array on my desk all the parts. The photo-etched parts and decals are attached The photo-etched parts and decals are attached. Anyway, I’ll start making it from tomorrow.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI assembled the lower body with no difficulty. Sand papered because the edge of the trank roller was a little edgy. (2007/02/03)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGConstruction of caterpillar. This typing out pin marks and parting lines stand out though the Magic Track was easily assembled. Behind parts of this photograph was sandpapered, the front one was before papered parts. I omitted sand paperwork the parts hidden by the side skirts.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe assembly of the body is almost completed. It took time to attach the armor plates on both sides. This model has become more precise after using the etched parts. (2007/02/10)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGBack of the body. After basic painting, I install clear parts of the tail lamp.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt is the upper surface of the body. Because of the glue fouled marks, partly rough finishing, but I’ll fix it before painting. This kit is expressed the skid processing on the body and it is excellent.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAt last, assembly ended in the turret part. The assembly of the turret base was considerably more complex. Because the gap was occurring, I amended it with the patty. Only this turret is almost the same size as a small tank.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGBack shot of the turret. On the surface of the metal barrel, sandpapered with No.1000 for sticky painting. However, there are a lot of no understandable devices on modern tanks…

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI lost one part of the smoke charger and substituted it by a transparent runner. The texture of the steel wire rope is also excellent. I punctured small holes on the barrel with a mini drill. I think that molding was considerably remarkable.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe hatch enabled opening and closing. (2007/02/11)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe support arm of the gun barrel also equipped. Other parts interfered and it was not easy to attach them.  (2007/02/16)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI will make this kit for the tank of the first infantry division in Iraq War. It is quite good-looking though even completion is still a long way to go.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt is the same barrel as Leopard in Germany.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe back shot of the whole body. There were a lot of parts and it took time to assemble very much.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI almost deserted the runner with parts “U18”. The photo-etched parts were prepared near in the case of ammunition of the machine gun but I omitted them. It’s too small.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGBecause of a recent kit is prepared with the full volume excellent photo-etched parts, I can finish it with reality without third party’s photo-etched parts.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGFinally the painting starts. I decided the camouflage pattern roughly in Red Brown, Khaki Green, and Black.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGBasic painting is completed.  (2007/02/24)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGAfter washing, the color tone was darker. (2007/03/01)

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOColoring was settled down when painting finished though it was brightly painted at the beginning… It is regrettable to have silvering with the decals…

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOMarking is the first infantry division in the Iraq War in 2004 according to the instruction. The mark of the scorpion is cool!

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI did not do weathering these taillights for the accent. I suppose to let it be shining is good-looking.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOTo see natural dirt in the vertical direction on the side skirt.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI made the hole 12.7mm machine gun on the side by the mini drill and emphasized the detail. Even the character of the back of the hatch is understood well, nice details.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOI had a hard time in detailed tiny decals pasting.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOThe periscope is thinly painted in clear blue. Whoops! The window of the infrared device was upper and lower opposite.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOAfter having painted the machine gun in the black, I did dry brushing lightly with the gunmetal.

M1 ABRAMS AIM DRAGON 1/35 COMPLETED PHOTOAfter washing, paints were not wiped off well and remain strangely irregular marks. It did not disappear completely though the matte coat airbrushing and rubbed with the cotton bud. I will take care of this kind of mistake next time…
(2007/3/10)

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