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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-14-2011 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jutrased:
Any word yet on how to handle this problem?
Yes, Dragon has established DragonCare:
At Dragon Models, customer care and quality assurance are very important to us, so we have established DragonCare -- a dedicated customer support system, to ensure that you receive full support and satisfaction from your Dragon Models purchase.

cycleroadie
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From: Apalachin, NY USA
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posted 11-18-2011 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1/48th scale Eagle has landed (pun intended) on the coast, expect your vendor to have it in stock soon.

dog320
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posted 12-05-2011 05:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dog320     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pictures up on TFM's website. I have this on pre-order, and I already have Dragon's 1/48 kit version. It's almost entirely just a scaled up version of the 1/72 model with the same litany of defects.

The only difference that I can see are that finally Dragon have managed to correctly align the United States markings.

Still no transparent windows, and the reaction control assemblies (TCA) are still wrong, etc. Ah well.

model maker
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posted 07-16-2012 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the bigger 1/48 Lunar Module the same quality as the smaller 1/72 versions?

the clocks running
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posted 07-16-2012 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1/72 and 1/48 scale Dragon LMs are essentially the same model in two different scales. I own both.

Kizzi
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posted 12-28-2012 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kizzi   Click Here to Email Kizzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A picture of the LM from the Dragon Models 1/72 Apollo 11 Lunar Approach (CSM "Columbia" + LM "Eagle")

Dragon Models 1/72 Lunar Module

I wanted to mention what I think are essential deviations from standard kit:

  1. Windows are cut from clear plastic as originals are too small. Painted on reverse midnight blue + dark grey and scale scratch on.

  2. Plasticard 1 mm strip glued to create hand rail. No fixtures, just glued the edge.

  3. Struts and bottom of lander covered with steel leaf, and painted either Tamiya clear yellow X-24 or clear orange X-26. Main body behind struts painted regular gold.

  4. Matt black is too dark. Lighten 10 % with matt white to create charcoal color.

  5. Top of lander is not silver in Apollo images, although it is for museum pieces. Actually a mixture of 90% Humbrol 94 (brown yellow) and 10% Humbrol 150 (Forest Green) looks closest.

  6. Vertical thruster nozzles have to be glued at 180 degrees, but horizontal one are set at 120 degree angle. Horizontal should be 90 degree. Broken off and re-glued.

  7. Dispose of docking antenna and scratch build one with three arms.

  8. "UNITED STATES" lettering in original kit misaligned. Take decals from Revel kit (well, it's cheap!)

  9. Cut off scimitar antennae at front. Front surface painted gun metal as this enhances contrast with upper lander struts which is the only silver used.

  10. Lunar approach has pieces for LM legs extended as well as collapsed. I think extended is much better. The pads don't come attached and have place holes for the three landing probes (leg for ladder has no probe)
Dragon Models 1/72 Apollo 11 Lunar Approacha>

Finally, shortly after taking this picture the damned thing tipped over, breaking a leg on the LM. Must weight the base before displaying.

Ronpur
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posted 12-28-2012 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks great!!

the clocks running
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posted 12-29-2012 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job on the Dragon Apollo 11 "Lunar Approach " kit.

Panther494
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posted 12-06-2014 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased another Dragon Apollo 11 Lunar Approach diecast model and found it was missing the starboard front RCS thrusters but includes two of the port ones. I've contacted Dragon Care (beginning to think they don't) and have heard nothing.

If anyone else has a similar problem with two starboard thrusters perhaps we can do an exchange.

If anyone has any other suggestions please let me know...

Norman.King
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From: Herne Bay, Kent, UK
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posted 12-08-2014 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had exactly the same problem with that model and tried contacting Dragon by email, letter and phone but I didn't get any response. In the end, when I purchased the Apollo 16 diorama, I said it arrived with two identical thrusters. The retailer changed it and returned the other to Dragon.

On Edit: I just noticed you're from the UK too. I know other people on this forum had the same issue but Dragon USA helped them out. I guess Dragon doesn't give a damn if you live outside the USA?

quote:
Originally posted by Kizzi:
A picture of the LM from the Dragon Models 1/72 Apollo 11 Lunar Approach (CSM "Columbia" + LM "Eagle").
Kizzi, that's a great build of this model, well done.

haveblue
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posted 12-08-2014 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for haveblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have had the problem with one missing RCS thruster but two thruster assemblies from the same side but this was with the pre-assembled 1/48 version of the model.

GACspaceguy
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posted 12-08-2014 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same issue, marked up the instructions, took a photo of it and sent it to them. A week later I had the missing part. (This was last year some time in the first or second quarter.)


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