Established in 1987 with headquarters in Hong Kong, China - DRAGON was created, as a sister company to model retailer Universal Models Limited, to manufacture plastic model kits according to its own designs, so that UML would be less reliant on imported products. For the next decade Dragon focused only on models of military vehicles. It later began to share distribution agreement with model companies of other countries, so that their products could be exported worldwide. Since its founding it has released more than 1000 items. As a military model maker, Dragon is distinguishable from other makers in that Dragon often has most number of parts, i.e. catering toward top end experienced modelers, rather than beginners.