Ted A critical error with this kit, only comes with 8 road wheels and 16 brass stamped rings. When it should come with 10 road wheels and 20 brass stamped rings. SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT. Thanks Dragon!!!
I don't know the exact differences between the two but I did find a reference to the J-sprue having been deleted from the updated 2005 version. That means you can't build the flat topped version anymore (the one without the extra turret built on top).
So unfortunately, as per usual with Dragon's strategy of updating kits and in no way marking them to be recognised as one or the other, it's down to luck and/or whether your reseller has old or new stock determining which version you will get if you buy it. There's no way of telling which one it is until you actually open the box.
31. October 2015 at 08:12:14
Fabian D. All these issues make you wonder if Dragon has a quality-control department at all...
Concerning the #6218:
Original relase has a "full-rubber" idler wheel (which is incorrect)
The 2005 relase has the correct split idler and a slightly differnt lower hull (with more PE). Pic of the included correction sheet: [img1]
Apart from that I´m 90% shure both kits are identical. So you can build the version without the cuppola. If anyone needs to be 100% shure I can dig out the instuctions for 6218 (new).
31. October 2015 at 09:59:09
John Van Kooten Fabian, I personally think they do not have a QC department. Way too much errors in their production line. I think with at least 30% of the Dragon kits I have (420 at the moment of this writing) something is wrong / missing / defective / flattened / broken / lost / no longer included / etc. ... And that is not an exxageration!
Maybe that is the reason why they are including increasingly less in each new release. Less chance of errors on their part and of course increase the price by a factor of two because the kits are now coming with less errors! that is, excluding the instructions, of course
Anyway, thanks for clearing up the unknowns with this kit!
Just to make you aware of it in case you had not noticed (although you probably already know): this kit has 8 road wheels on the sprues instead of the 10 you need. It was a mistake on Dragon's part. Anyone that bought this kit can (and should) contact Dragon Care or their local representative and request the two road wheels to be send to them.
Again, just to make sure you are aware of the issue and to let others know as well
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