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Tank track colours?
Posted by jlee9 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:41 PM

Hi All,

I have a Tamiya tank model (my first AFV), it doesn't explicity say what colour the tank tracks are supposed to be.  The tank itself is Olive Drab.  The tracks are currently primed grey, what colour should they be?

 

Thanks,
Joe

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 10, 2017 10:55 PM

Depends on the tank. A modern American tank will have different color tracks than a WW2 German tank.

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Posted by jlee9 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:04 PM

It's an American WW2 tank.

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Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:09 PM

Again, it depends on the tank and what tracks were fitted. For example, the Sherman had quite an array of track types, some all metal, some with rubber pads. 

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Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:11 PM

Just to give you an idea of the variety: 

http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/vvss_tracks.html

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Posted by jlee9 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:13 PM

Wow, didn't know this.  I'm new to this.  I'm probably going to stick with the same olive drab to make it easy.  Thanks for your help.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:22 PM

jlee9

It's an American WW2 tank.

 

That narrows it down to several models. Tamiya did an M3, M4, M4A1, M4A3, M4A3E8, M5A1, M8. The latest M4A3E8 had all metal tracks. They tend to have a brown/sand look to them. Take a look at a bulldozer at a construction site and you will get an idea of the color.

The other tanks have rubber track pads, but the metal portions would be the same.

By the way, with the same effort it took to type "WW2 American tank" you could have typed the exact model kit you have and make it easier on us in helping you to answer your question.

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Posted by jlee9 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:30 PM

Hi Rob,

sorry, but I'm writing this away from home, I don't have the model details, just the basics.  Like I said, I'm new to this.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, September 11, 2017 1:21 PM

Tank tracks are made from two materials primarily: steel and rubber. So your basic colors will be for those. The steel wears in use and any coatings or rust is ground off. But the steel does tend to take on a burnished earth tone except for those areas that have constant metal to metal contact, which gets more polished looking.

 

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Posted by harp.ta on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:20 PM

jlee9

Hi All,

I have a Tamiya tank model (my first AFV), it doesn't explicity say what colour the tank tracks are supposed to be.  The tank itself is Olive Drab.  The tracks are currently primed grey, what colour should they be?

 

Thanks,
Joe

 

Personally, I usually paint WWII era US armor tracks in a base of dark iron or rubber black (tamiya colors), then dry brush with aluminum to bring out the details.  I'm sure there are more accurate colors depending on the specific subject you're working on, but I usually weather up the tracks to the point where using accurate colors is hardly noticible.  I'd take a look at the armorama link someone posted (that site has tons of great info on armor subjects), but just starting out, I'd think my color scheme would probably work well for you.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:01 AM

Paint them dark gray

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:45 AM

Thats a great link there Gino, thanks!!! Going to bookmark it for my own use.  

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