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View Q&A Results: Which entry do you like the best?
Entry by Dominic Newland * 10.13%
Entry by Maza Takahashi * 74.68%
Entry by Yashin Wladimir * 3.80%
Entry by Graham Ross * 3.80%
Entry by Clayton McClain * 7.59%
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:21 AM
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Post Annoucing the winners for the Desert Warfare model contest!

The winners are :

1st prize winner: Maza Takahashi (Toast in desert)

2nd prize winner: Dominic Newland (1/23 Desert Kubelwagen)

3rd prize winner: Wladimir Yashin (Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer-Starr, Prague 1945)

  • 1st prize winner will be rewarded with Dragon item no. 6394 (Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.J)
  • 2nd prize winner will be rewarded with Cyber-Hobby item no. 6413 (Sd.Kfz.251/17 ausf.C Command Version)
  • 1st prize winner will be rewarded with Dragon item no. 6375 (German Tank Crew 1939-1943)


Top 5 best entries have been chosen by our judges!

We now would like to invite our MDFC members to vote for their choice of the best entries. All voted members will receive a small gift complimentary by Dragon for encouragement in participation of MDFC activates. Vote runs from June 7 Ė June 14 2007.

At the end of the vote, results of the winners will be announced. The top 3 winners of the contest are accounted by our honorable judges, votes from our MDFC members, as well by Dragonís selections.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:25 AM
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Default Entry by Dominic Newland

Name: Dominic Newland

This is Dragon's 1/35 DAK Kubelwagen (Imperial Series kit no. 9042) finished to represent a Luftwaffe vehicle used in the open desert of North Africa in 1942.

Many German vehicles were delivered to the African theatre in their original German Grey, particularly in the early days of the Afrika Korps. These were sent up to the front as soon as possible, often without being camouflaged. Naturally these soon picked up heavy layers of dust and became semi-camouflaged. Examples of this type of dusty German Grey can be seen in:
  • Spearhead: 21st Panzer Division (Chris Ellis) p55 by Ian Allen Publishing
  • Armor of the Deutches Afrika Korps (Tom Cockle) p27 by Concord Publications Company
Aside from decals for three Kubelwagen options, the kit includes etched parts for the folding canvas hood, two figures (including Rommel) and scissor binoculars on a tripod. Most of the kit is very well detailed and went together with no worries what so ever. A few changes were made to the kit parts. The folding canvas hood was covered with tissue paper strapped in place with Tamiya tape and painted with Mr Surfacer 500 thinned with Mr Thinner to give it some durability. The seats were roughened with a dental burr and this was also painted with the Mr Surfacer 500 to settle down the texture. Slight flat spots were sanded on each road wheel to make the model 'sit' better onto flat surfaces.

To represent a heavily dusty German Grey vehicle an undercoat was sprayed on consisting of enamel German Grey (Panzer Schwarzgrau RAL7071) mixed 50:50 with enamel RLM 02 Gray. Over this was sprayed acrylic Buff mixed 50:50 with acrylic White, with particular emphasis on painting around the crevasses, underneath the model and around the fenders. Areas where soldiers' clothes and hands would come in contact with the vehicle were left relatively unpainted, though a slight overspray of the Buff mixture on these areas of wear comes in handy in the next step.

To enhance the areas of wear, after the buff had dried overnight a series of progressively darker coats of grey pastels were rubbed heavily into the paint. This was done to gradually build up the appearance of wear in a controlled manner. In a few of the most worn areas such as the window sills and fender sides, a little 6B pencil lead was also rubbed in to create a slight sheen, but not too much as this can be easily over done. Decals were added over the number plates which had been coated in gloss to improve adhesion of the decals. These were toned down with a slight overspray of the Buff mixture. The seats and canvas parts were spray painted with several layers of increasingly light khaki, mixed with RLM 02 Gray for the windscreen cover, and the light Buff mixture for the seats and canvas hood. The seats were also drybrushed with a 50:50 mix of white oil paint and enamel khaki.

The model was kitted out with a Tamiya MP40 and MG34, Dragon helmets (painted German Grey and 'dustied' with Mig pigments, and then buffed with a little pencil lead), a Verlinden gas mask, binocular case and document case, Tamiya water bottles that I happened to already have painted and left over from a previous model, and a German cardboard box by Plus Model that I reduced in size and copied onto cardboard coloured paper.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:28 AM
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Icon Smile Entry by Maza Takahashi

Name: Maza Takahashi

Toast in desert

today is the 34th birthday of the staff sergeant Walter(single, professional solder). He got a tiny toast with his crew, the gunner Schindler(age36, married exdentist), the loader Bernald (age42, married, explumper), the driver Hans(age23, single excarmechanic), and radio operator Erwin(age26, single expost office clerk).They toasted with spanish wine with the water melon which they got it in the Bazar on a way to the moving. Erwin who is absorbing to the camera took a snap shot of his crew.

kit6264 DRAGON 1/35 panzerIV ausf E
This outstanding kit with a lot of precious bonus parts made me up the motivation for this diorama. It was so exciting when I making it, because the detail and mold on the kit and fitting the parts each other was perfect ! especially I like the magic track very much that I used it first time. Thank you for the satisfaction, DRAGON !

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:30 AM
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Post Entry by Yashin Wladimir

Name: Yashin Wladimir

This is Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer-Starr from Prague garrison, which was used by germans against chech uprisers during Prague uprising in may 1945.

It is a conversion of Dragon`s Hetzer. Completely scratchbuit parts are: gun mantlet, gun cover, engine deck with superstructure on it, rear armor plate, ventilation grill, commanders hatch, idler wheels, exhaust pipe and schurzen with bindings. The hatches of crew are made workable. Spare antenna holders are made from metal tubes, handles and towing hinges are from metal wire. Also the following aftermarket was used: workable metal track links are from Friulmodel, MG-34 hollow metal barrel from Model-Point, photo etched MG mounting, PE leaves as well as nuts are from Lion Roar. The painting was made strictly according to the photos of the real vehicle with acrylics. Hard edged camouflage was made using masking tape.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:31 AM
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Default Entry by Graham Ross

Name: Graham Ross

The kit is number 6207. It is of a Panzer I Ausf. B DAK. I have added
nothing to this kit but built it right out of the box. I painted it in the
desert colours and painted the dog up as a German Shepard. It was a great
kit to work with and will be showing up in a diorama soon.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:35 AM
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Post Entry by Clayton McClain

Name: Clayton McClain

i used all dragon models. scratch built the wooden crate and made all the canvas covers and had to adjust the figs, other than that it's stock. hope you like.

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