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Aftermarket tracks for new Tamiya M3 Stuart?

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Aftermarket tracks for new Tamiya M3 Stuart?
Posted by KyleBragger on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 8:09 AM

Anyone have any experience with aftermarket tracks for Tamiya's new 1/35 M3 Stuart kit? Wondering if e.g. http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/fruatl098.htm will work. 

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    September, 2006
  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 10:45 AM

Honestly, I would pass on the Friuls unless you want to depict a broken track. The Stuart, along with the rest of the same period US tanks, used a "live" track design which only showed sag when it was well past replacement time. Some pics of Lend-Lease Soviet M4A2/76 tanksiin Austria and Berlin show their T-49 tracks sagging, and there's a pic or two out there showing US M3 Lees in North Africa with their rubber-block tracks with some very slight sag, but it's not normal.

I have Tamiya's new Stuart on the bench right now, and barring 6 sink marks on the inside of a pad on each run, look very good and should represent the actual item very nicely. I'm a stickler for tracks, and these will be used by me.

Apprentice rivet counter.

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    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Thursday, August 02, 2018 6:30 AM

RBaer

Honestly, I would pass on the Friuls unless you want to depict a broken track. The Stuart, along with the rest of the same period US tanks, used a "live" track design which only showed sag when it was well past replacement time. Some pics of Lend-Lease Soviet M4A2/76 tanksiin Austria and Berlin show their T-49 tracks sagging, and there's a pic or two out there showing US M3 Lees in North Africa with their rubber-block tracks with some very slight sag, but it's not normal.

I have Tamiya's new Stuart on the bench right now, and barring 6 sink marks on the inside of a pad on each run, look very good and should represent the actual item very nicely. I'm a stickler for tracks, and these will be used by me.

 

 
I don't buy after market tracks for American AFV for the same reason. 
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    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:23 AM

Even today, very few American armored vehicles don't use live track. There is very little difference between the tracks on a Stuart and an Abrams, design/engineering-wise. Obviously bigger and double-wide, but the concepts remain the same.

Even display tanks sitting in the elements still have rather taunt tracks with minimal sag.

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    November, 2005
Posted by T26E4 on Friday, August 10, 2018 12:00 AM
I don't see why the AFV Club T-16 tracks wouldn't work for the new Tamiya kit. But I'm sticking with the kit supplied vinyl ones. I got stalled on my build but put the tracks on. Looking at it now, the tracks are taut and look good to me.

Roy Chow 

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