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  • Member since
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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
M4A1 Sherman tracks
Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 12:48 PM

And a Happy New Year to all of you!

I'm looking for suggestions for a set of AM T51 rubber block tracks for my M4A1. I bought the Asuka kit 35-035 and I'm doing it as a 3rd A.D. in late summer of 1944.

The Asuka kit is very nice with great fit for most of the major parts, although I think 5 separate parts to build a driver/bog hatch is a bit much. I feel like I'm almost working in the factory trying to build up the bogie assemblies. They are complex.

Anyway, some suggestions for the tracks would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 1:58 PM

I’d suggest AFV Club indy link tracks. But there are plenty more out there from Bronco, Modelkasten, etc. I think Fruils would be overkill as Sherman tracks were “live“, and really don’t sag. 

 

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  • Member since
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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:35 PM

Stik, thanks for the reply. I knew I could count on you. Your right, I didn't think I'd go to the expense of Fruils because of exactly what you mentioned. They are of much better use on German armor.

I'll start looking at the AFV Club and Bronco first. I've never seen any Modelkasten offered on any of the sites I visit.

 

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Posted by Wood on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:54 PM
I found some tracks for several different tanks including Shermans from Sector 35. They are already assembled, metal and cost less than Fruils. I found them on Amazon. It took about three weeks to get them though. If you're in a hurry that might be something to consider.
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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 10:05 PM

Wood, I'm not in a great hurry so 3 weeks would be fine. Thanks, I'll check it out.

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Saturday, January 05, 2019 5:40 PM
You might also look at buying them direct from Asuka. They're very good, two runs for each side, assemble with regular model cement and take paint (acrylics) well.

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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Sunday, January 06, 2019 12:30 AM

Well the Asuka tracks that came with the kit certainly won't do the job. There are two runs for each side, but although the "pins" on the halves are fine, the holes for the pins aren't completely punched through and my attempts at fixing that came to naught. I did find a set of Modelkasten T51 tracks on Amazon and they are on order. We will see how they work out. This is my first go round with that brand. I have used Bronco and AFV club in the past. The Bronco were quite complicated but worked pretty well on my M24. The AFV Club worked well for my M5A1.

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