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Monday, July 03, 2006 - 12:32 PM UTC
With the recent competition from Dragon and the taster yesterday that announced the new line was going to be called 'Smart Kits', here's some more tasters!
Smart Kit Series From Dragon
We're talking better looking kits with fewer parts. Designed to make our life (as modellers) simpler!
A customized solution especially engineered to make building easier and more fun.............without sacrificing quality!
So more advanced kits with less parts.
The new line will focus on high quality, easy build, unprecedented value.
  • Enhanced plastic parts

  • Unprecedented value

  • Especially suited for OOB builds

  • Greater enjoyment!

  • Watch this space for more news about this exciting range of new kits, the results of Dragon's surprise kit competition, and pictures of the first kit in this line!
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    Someone was joking about these being Snap Together kits, but quite frankly, to me the hobby desparately needs decent kits that are easy for kids and parents working together to build over a short period of time. My boys are both in their teen years now and have pretty much put modeling behind them in pusuit of other things. I think one thing that made it harder to get them hooked on modeling was the wide gap between Snap together kits (which were often engineered so poorly as to need glue, putty and rubber bands to stay together) and really quality kits that were far above their readiness level. Lee
    JUL 03, 2006 - 08:13 PM
    Well stay tuned Lee! Vinnie
    JUL 03, 2006 - 08:21 PM
    My first impression of 'Smart Kit' was that it would be smarter than the judges at contests. Next was that it would research itself and correct the little mistakes that DML miss during the CAD/CAM process. Or that it's smart enough to tell when to take out the trash before SWMBO yells at me for the 8th time. Of course the other thoughts were that they started to make better instructions. Personally I like all of the parts that get thrown into the box. IMO is that DML has been and will continue to kick Tamiya's butt with detail and value. Give me the million little pieces to put together from the box just like I would do if I go nuts and Super-Detail for an AMPS contest. Or does the 'Smart Kit' come with a DVD/CD of research to help with the building, detailing, painting and weathering process. Like 'colorized' battle pictures and such. Or the 'Smart Kit' will tell you that in the future this kit will be upgraded with new parts and such like the Panther D with the slide moulded tracks after I spent nights on end drilling and cleaning out track guide horns.
    JUL 03, 2006 - 09:46 PM
    I'm thinking "Bandai Gundam" quality and SNAP fit. The technology to make kits without glue is already there. BUT...the problem with Bandai kits is that one can never ever testfit them because the fit is so tight and precise, once snapped, the pieces are near impossible to take apart ever again without damaging them. Bandai Gundams also come "molded in color," (if a tank came this way, the MG would be black, the taillights pieces red, the tracks black, etc.) but of course the true modeler paints them. I kind of agree too. While construction may be a lot faster and easier if SNAP, I think we modelers are more interested in what the kit is than how to build it per se.
    JUL 03, 2006 - 10:39 PM
    The bit that gets me is ENHANCED PLASTIC PARTS~ Reads that the plastic parts replaced by PE previously have been 'souped-up'...and end with "In these kits metal parts are a necessity!"...which is followed in the next paragraph by metal parts will not be included. Translation problem? Do we get metal parts or not...or are they going the Tamiya route with die cast chassis? :-)
    JUL 03, 2006 - 11:05 PM
    I'm looking forward to seeing these kits. OOB modelers' world may never be the same.
    JUL 04, 2006 - 12:40 AM
    I just hope they aren't going backwards in there approach to designing models to over simplified i like the steps they have taken with there new kits i also agree with what some of the other guys have said about having easier to build highly detailed kits to build for less experienced new modellers also i have to agree with MROSKO cut the hype!! and tell us what the new so called Smart Kits are all about .....
    JUL 04, 2006 - 01:26 AM
    there is way too much hype on his. I have a feeling like an earlier post stated that we are about to get "Jar Jar Binked !!"
    JUL 04, 2006 - 03:53 AM
    Come on guys, this is great news! It means Dragon has finally worked the slide mold technology good enough to be able to release that Panzer Donkey that we've seen teased before. This does sound very interesting though, us newer model builders do enjoy a bit of a challenge but sometimes you feel like you're making little progress on some more complex pieces. If Dragon can release the quality of kits they have been releasing made a tad easier, it's only going to make it easier on newer modellers. It helps grow the hobby and allows people to build stuff they might not have before. So I take it we'll be seeing a new line of Tiger kits in the smart kit line?
    JUL 04, 2006 - 07:54 AM

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