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Re: If modelers had bought more Dragon Smart Kits, 1/350 Atlanta might have been available for years
I wouldn't buy a Dragon ship kit because 1.) they are too expensive. B.) Their instructions are rubbish & C.) They are over complicated to build for what you achieve as an end result.
Modeling is supposed to be a fun and relaxing past time, not an expensive and frustrating one.
That is why I avoid all Dragon kits like the plague.
Your mileage may vary, but to me Dragon is a swear word in the model kit world!
The only reason I stopped buying Dragon ship models was that they quit making them. I would often buy multiple copies of their subjects for conversions, etc.
The only Dragon ship kit that I can recall not buying was their dreadful Type 21 frigate.
I don't know what sales numbers Dragon was expecting. My guess is that Dragon quit producing ship kits because we ship modelers are a picky and contentious lot and Dragon thought they were receiving too much heat for the ROI they were getting.
My understanding is that Dragon canceled its product line of ships after disappointing sales of its available excellent kits. Dragonís business plan might have been infeasible since we are a small marketplace but modeler procrastination to fantasize about vaporware, instead of buying good kits actually on the market, did not help Dragonís P&L.
Unlike Dragon (obscene language kept to myself) it appears that Very Fire is making positive movement on a model of the USS Atlanta.
One can only hope. Linked is the thread where they say the drawings of Atlanta are in their possession.
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