by: Darren Baker [ ]
There are certain complaints that are regularly leveled at kit and figure manufacturers whenever a new product is released, and that complaint is “why didn’t they supply gun 'X' with this product” or “why is there only 1 of gun 'X' as I wanted two”. Well, Dragon have a number of weapon sets on the market which I believed had gone out of production, however they seem to be turning up for sale on a regular basis now which I believe means they are being produced again in limited numbers. In this review I will be taking a look at the Modern Machine Gun set in 1/35th scale, and while not as modern as once they were they are a handy item to have at your disposal.
Inside the typical end opening box you will find four light grey sprues with two of each sprue being identical.
Starting with the quality of the product in general I would say it is fair despite the age of the product. Problems such as flash are surprisingly light with nothing worth mentioning, sink marks are nonexistent as far as I can tell which is another plus in its favour. These are obviously not up to the Gen 2 quality of product from Dragon but are none the less worthy of your consideration. Each of the weapons will need to have the barrel drilled out but otherwise a very limited amount of work will be required to make this product an eye catching addition to your work.
One negative of these moulding is that the plastic seems a little brittle which may cause breakage during removal, clean up, or drilling the barrels, the only other negative is that the location of some of the moulding nipples may cause problems during cleanup as some encompass rounded detail, so take care when working on these weapons. You get two of each weapon and six ammunition belts which, for the cost, makes this a value buy in my book.
With the exception of some resin items hitting the market this is a very good product to get your hands on giving you a good number of options (fourteen weapon types), some of the weapons I believe are not available anywhere else in any material type. For that reason alone I highly recommend this product for your consideration.