John Sasso Add me to the DS track haters list. I'm happy with individual links or link and length. Anything but DS, which is just glorified vinyl imho. I can tell you exactly what's going on at Dragon. Someone has the bright idea to expand to the "bigger market," which is the casual modeler. That means simpler kits. The problem is that the casual modeler is not willing to pay premium. When they start losing sales to Bronco and Trumpeter, maybe the execs at Dragon will realize that marginalizing their primary customers is not good for business.
Hunter Cummins They would probably add 3 mabey 4 dollars to the kit
worth itnin my eyes. Or sell the magic tracks separate like they used to do. ( I like to buy plastic ostkettin and winterkettin and different sherman tracks. I would pay 10 dollars a box for the magic track sets like that. I wish dragon would do it again like they used to
Not too slow though! I am actually glad you feel the same way!
And yeah, maybe their DS tracks strategy is indeed the cure for our "want them all" disease lol Thanks Dragon!
18. July 2014 at 17:37:57
John Van Kooten Honestly, if they increase prices even further, for kits that are mainly and largely built with sprues from already existing kits (because that is exactly what they are doing) then I'm done with Dragon. I mean, come on, they can add Magic Tracks to their Orange Boxes without increasing prices, right? So why can't they do that with the "regular" kits.
Prices for the newer kits are already crazy as it is. Adding plastic from molds they already have (magic tracks or ds tracks) in my eyes does not justify further price increases. I'm not being cheap here, I have the money and I will spend it if the kit is good! But I will not spend ANY money on a half-assed kit.
But anyway, I don't want to derail this thread any further sorry about that!
18. July 2014 at 17:48:52
Jörg Luther I'm not quite sure wether there are really so much modellers that like the DS tracks. Every single modeller I've heard from dislikes them but adds that "there are a lot of people who love them". Where do they get this from? Dragon marketing department? Anyone here at Scalemates who likes DSs? Please comment!
Anyway, regarding the exorbitant prices Dragon takes for the kits, providing both kind of tracks is the least thing they could do. As for me, I won't buy any 50+ bucks kit without acceptable tracks included. Cured!
18. July 2014 at 17:53:48
John Van Kooten Jörg, there are in fact no hard numbers (none publicly published anyway) to prove any statement. Dragon has developed those DS Tracks to make it easier to build their kits. Thereby targeting an entirely different crowd (young children, occasional builders, WoT crowd, etc.).
I think you are absolutely right in saying that the larger part of the modeling crowd present on this type of website will like Magic Tracks over DS Tracks (not necessarily hating them of course).
Just like any commercial institution, Dragon will look at sales figures only. If they sell more kits with DS Tracks then they will continue manufacturing those. I think it's as simple as that... money talks.
So the only way to stop them from doing so, is to stop buying kits with DS Tracks altogether
18. July 2014 at 18:02:56
Wayne Hale I like the DS tracks, but only for the U.S. tanks like the Shermans that have no sag.
Hunter Cummins John I acctually like this becuase in a week when more modellers on here comment and say what they like, I will email ot to dragon in hongkomg and say read it and make the right decision for once. DS tracks should be used on sherman and allied tanks and vehicals on sherman chassis. And MAGIC TRACKS SHOULD BE USED ON EVERY OTHER KIT!!!!!!!!!!!! OR ADD BOTH TO THE KITS !!!
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