From what I have been able to find out about the Dragon M50 .50 Cal it is a superior weapon to the M2 .50 Cal being lighter, having a higher rate of fire and is more accurate at range. Despite these improvements I have been unable to verify any country using the Dragon M50 .50 Cal HMG as standard over the M2 .50 Cal due to the improvements not being exceptional in scope. I have found some videos of the weapon in use (trials I believe) and I have included them here for your viewing pleasure.
This offering from Legend Productions is part of their now well known 3D mastering offerings in 1/35th scale. Legend Productions has provided this set as a replacement body for, I believe those modellers who wish to change an M2 .50 Cal for the Dragon M50 .50 Cal. I found it very difficult to find good reference on this weapon and for the most part it was restricted to video presentations made from 2007 -2011, and so I have to congratulate Legend Productions on finding decent reference for this scale offering of the Dragon M50.
This offering from Legend Productions provides two Dragon M50 bodies. The parts provided with this release include separate cocking lever of which you also get a spare, the handle grips are separate as we would now expect. The last inclusions are alternate option for the standard iron sights on the weapon; you get the option of the sights in place ready to engage or folded down for I believe the addition of an alternate sighting system.
The parts are all well moulded and free of any defects that I was able to pick up even under magnification. The muzzle of the HMG does ideally need to be drilled a little in order to provide an accurate look to that area. My sample had one set of the folded sights missing, but I would not be overly concerned about that as Legend Productions takes good care of their customers and will remedy that issue. While on the subject of the sights I was impressed at the finesse of the ring sights as they are open, but the very small rear iron sight will need a little flash cleaned up to show this very fine detail.
The product is packed inside of an end opening card cartons that Legend Productions uses for all of its smaller offerings and this is then sealed in a heat shrink plastic that keeps the packaging secure. Inside there is a single Ziploc bag containing all of the resin parts for this product. Despite this being free to move around inside the carton my set has no damage present despite being posted all the way from South Korea to the UK.
From what I can see this is a very accurate representation of the Dragon M50 from Legend Productions as part of their 3D range of products. I like how Legend Productions caught the intricate muzzle flash suppressor and the grooves in the barrel itself. The iron sights are also very well done in this set and I appreciate having the choice in their use. My only concern was my inability to find anything about this weapon being in use and I would appreciate any feedback on this subject from the membership.
Darren Baker takes a look at one of the Legend Productions 3D mastered releases in the form of a Dragon M50 .50 Cal HMG Body Replacement Set in 1/35th scale.
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About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...