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Robert W Martel (bobster)


Dragon M1A2 SEP #3536

from Wikipedia:
The M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army chief of staff and commander of United States military forces in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare, the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful multifuel turbine engine, the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.

The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, ultimately replacing the M60 tank. The M1 remains the principal main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, and the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Iraq.

Three main versions of the M1 Abrams have been deployed, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, incorporating improved armament, protection, and electronics. These improvements and other upgrades to in-service tanks have allowed this long-serving vehicle to remain in front-line service. In addition, development for the improved M1A3 version was reported in 2009.

Project summary

Title:Dragon M1A2 SEP #3536
Status:On hold
Timeline:Started on July 11, 2017

Project inventory

Full kits
1:35 M1A2 SEP (Dragon 3536)
Dragon 1:35
3536 (3536-03)
2007 | Changed parts
1:35 Operation Iraqi Freedom M1A2 SEP Abrams (Echelon Fine Details T35031)
US Army's 4th Inf Div & 1st Cav Div
Operation Iraqi Freedom M1A2 SEP Abrams (Part 2)
Echelon Fine Details 1:35
2007 | New tool
1:35 US Army M1A2 SEPs in OiF (Echelon Fine Details T35017)
US Army M1A2 SEPs in OiF
Echelon Fine Details 1:35


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Updated: July 11, 2017


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Robert W Martel Well,,, There are at least 7 reviews of this kit linked here on scalemates. All of them show with pictures that the kit comes with a metal barrel. Mine did not have a metal barrel!
I wrote to Dragon, they say they never made an M1 kit with a metal barrel !! ??????????????????
So I replied back sending them links to all of the reviews that show it.
We'll see what happens!
28. July 2017 at 00:03:23
Robert W Martel Well it's been over 2 weeks and I've heard nothing back from Dragon.
That tells me a lot about their "Customer Service" !!
8. August 2017 at 16:55:47
Lucas C. You probably got a kit from their 2014 reissue, where they deleted the metal barrel, from what I understand. They did a similar thing with the M1A1 AIM kit when they reissued it at the same time. If you look at your picture of the box, it says 3536-03, and the instructions don't show a metal barrel in the parts diagram. The first issue of the kit didn't have -03 after the number and did show the metal barrel in the parts diagram. Here's a link explaining the differences:;topic_id=245131&page=1

Here's a link to the review where you can see the original instructions:;req=showcontent&id=2650
14. September 2017 at 15:58:21
Robert W Martel Lucas,,,,,
You are correct !! The instructions don't show a metal barrel. I'll have to remember to update the database.
But I feel like I got ripped. and they told me they never made an M1 w/a metal barrel!! LIARS!!
Every single review I saw showed a metal barrel! OH WELL
From the first link info maybe I'm better off anyway!! It's just that I expected a metal barrel, and for them to say they never made one just flipped me off. LOL
Thanks for the info Lucas,,,, much appreciated.
14. September 2017 at 18:17:12
Lucas C. Yeah, Dragon should have been clear about what changed in the reboxings. I've seen a fair amount of confusion as a result of their "stealth" changes.
14. September 2017 at 18:50:58
Robert W Martel Yea, it's just "marketing" !! But,,, I just didn't get what I expected!
I do like Dragon kits,,, but those little ploys & poor service don't make me want to buy them again!
15. September 2017 at 17:09:54
Clifford Keesler Revell did that with me with a C-21 Learjet, I bought it and it is in a Revell box, but it had no decals, They told me they never made a C-21 {Lear-25}. Turns out it is a re-box of Hasegawa's Lear 25. So I had to buy after market decals. Otherwise Revell's customer service is the best by far.
25. September 2017 at 18:53:48
Clifford Keesler Looks like a nice kit though.
25. September 2017 at 18:54:36
Robert W Martel Yes I agree, Revell has the best customer service by far from my experience so far. I've gotten replacement parts for a 10 year old kit! At no charge, and it cost them $5.50 to send it to me.
The M1A2 is a real nice kit! But how they could say they never made an M1 with a metal barrel is beyond me, clearly they did!! Oh well, no big deal, the plastic one is quite nice anyway!
25. September 2017 at 20:43:00
David Suhadolc I wrote an email once to Tamiya just asking how to moisten their Weathering Master kit after it dried up. They responded to just add a few drops of water and keep it in a ziplock bag. Ok fine and dandy. 2 weeks later i get a mysterious large envelope in the mail from Tamiya and low and behold they sent me two new Weathering Master kits that I didn't own yet. A+ customer service :)
25. September 2017 at 21:42:27
Robert W Martel Wow David, that is good service, to send you something you didn't even ask for !!!
I only have a few Tamiya kits, but good to know they have such good service. Their kits are top quality! Goes to show, you do get what you pay for! Some others DON'T have such great service.
25. September 2017 at 22:20:50


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