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Tank Treads 101 ?

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    December 2002
Tank Treads 101 ?
Posted by garyfo on Monday, March 17, 2003 11:43 AM
I don't make many tank kits, but I'm starting to get into them more.

One problem I have had in the past, and still have to this day, is with the flexible tank treads provided in most kits. These are the kind that come as one piece, and wrap around the 'wheels' to be 'melted/welded' together.

This is easily the most frustrating part of the kit for me. Honestly, I hate this part.

Anybody have any tips on how they do it? I'm assuming with practice I'll get better at it, but it's pretty frustrating right now.
Gary
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Racing capital of the world- Indy
Posted by kaleu on Monday, March 17, 2003 4:18 PM
I leave the drive sprockets off the tank until the end of construction. I put the idler wheels on, the road wheels on, glue or melt the track ends together (Tamiya or Trumpeter kits), put the tracks on the tank, then insert the drive sprockets into the track and then glue the sprockets into place on the kit. It's a lot easier than glueing the wheels into place and then struggling to get the drive sprocket teeth into the tracks without breaking a road wheel. Hope this helps.
Erik "Don't fruit the beer." Newest model buys: More than I care to think about. It's time for a support group.
  • Member since
    December 2002
Posted by garyfo on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 9:11 AM
That makes sense. I guess I tend to stick to the instructions a little more with armor than aircraft as I have less experience with them. Thanks for the tip!
Gary
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Racing capital of the world- Indy
Posted by kaleu on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 10:28 PM
YW....glad to be of help.
Erik "Don't fruit the beer." Newest model buys: More than I care to think about. It's time for a support group.
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