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Building the Panzer 1

The usual immaculate Dragon packaging, with excellent box art by Barry Crook. I always get a ‘tingly’ feeling when I open a new Dragon kit, and this was no exception…and no disappointment either! Everything in its own Ziploc bag with the real ‘goodies’ on the now common Dragon card, individually bagged.

There are 6 sprues of the usual light grey styrene, 2 clear sprues, one holding the headlights and the other the clear mouldings for the vision ports (more on this later), one sprue of jerry cans, the lower hull, and three photo etched frets. All the parts looked very cleanly moulded, without any flash whatsoever.

The instructions are again, the usual exploded line drawing type, with assembly instructions for 3 possible versions, the command version with the frame antennae, an add-on armour version, and a tropical DAK version.

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About the Author

About Vinnie Branigan (Teacher)


Thanks for sharing and Thank you Vinnie! It's a most enjoyable reading and you make it look very simple (after all)! Even with the mentioned difficulties it turned out excellent - and I must congratulate you on the color effect that you produced - it looks great! Looking forward to see the other variants - specially the desert one Keep up the good work Skipper
SEP 21, 2005 - 03:25 AM
Vinnie i do love reading your build articles,always well written and your pictures are spot on. i like the way your Panzerbefehlswagen 1 turned out. colour is nice and the weathering well you can write a book on your weathering vinnie,top notch. keep them coming as i love to see your work, may sound a bit sad but your the man that sort of gave me a kick up the arse and am starting to produce better models.and i was going to pack it all in at the begining of this year nice one mate cheers karl
SEP 21, 2005 - 04:05 AM
Nice article Vinnie, Keep writing them, so I can learn to improve mine. Nice build, just happen to have the kit, and may get around to building it someday, so the article will surely help.
SEP 21, 2005 - 04:41 AM
Thanks Vinnie for a nice article. I plan to try out that chipping technique, I really liked the results and seems easier than some of the others I've read. Very nice end product, I can see one of those in my future. Steve
SEP 21, 2005 - 05:59 AM
very nice article and I esp loved the way you described your painting method.. I may try out your technique in the future..
SEP 21, 2005 - 11:22 AM
Excellent.!!! From the artical and pictures... It is as if it took you 2 days to build, one day on the model and one day on those damn-individual links.... I too, plan on using your tech for chipped paint... Keep it up!
SEP 25, 2005 - 05:48 AM
Vinnie you an amazing modeler, i read all of your articles and use many of your tecneques, (i'm playing on using your chipped paint one). Panzer 1 looks great, planning on buying one myself.
OCT 13, 2005 - 06:36 AM