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  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: Alabama
Build tanks tracks
Posted by Srpuln10 on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:42 PM

I'm about to start building my tiger tank tracks. I've never done the link by link before. I've got the jig with it but I'm a little iffy about it. If y'all can help a brother out would be appreciated more than y'all know. It's a 1/35 tamiya tiger tank. Plus it's 100 pieces on the right side and 99 on the left side. I don't understand that at all

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:36 AM

Use a slow setting liquid cement like Testors. The hotter stuff like Mr. Cement S will likely fuse the link joints spoiling the looks.  You should do the flat bottom runs first, let them dry, then do the ones going up to the sprockets and idlers.  Do the ones that go round the sprockets in at least two assemblies so you can get them off to paint.  The upper runs are done last, all in one go so you can set the sag to your satisfaction.  You get them all together, then “drape” them between the already assembled links at the sprocket and idler.  Use tape along the entire length of the upper run to help hold it in place while the glue sets up.  Link by link is nutty business, but just be patient and don’t try to rush.

The odd numbered tracks are due to the nature of torsion bar suspensions - they are staggered so that each bar can run across the bottom of the hull, so left and right sides won’t match each other.

And take heart - there are track sets that can comprise 5 to 6 pieces PER LINK, and multiply that by 80-90 links per side times two, and if you are unlucky the manufacturer will provide two recessed ejector pin marks for you to fill on every single inner pad!

HTH and good luck!

  • Member since
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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:40 AM

I started a new Sherman kit in December and finished up about 95% of it by February. I started the set of T51 Modelkasten tracks for it about the end of January and I'm still working on their assembly now. Each track pad is four pieces and the end connectors and nuts are separate also. They still need paint.

Those old rubber band tracks are looking better all the time! 

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:33 AM

Hey M1, I can understand your affinity of going back to the rubber band tracks. I was going to do it with an M48 I'm building, but the tracks broke off my sprocket. Well I ordered Trumpeter's tracks and they were like the Modelkasten tracks you described. So I ordered from AFV Club. I've worked with them before and they work well when putting them together. Check them out, you might like them.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:04 AM

Tiger II, I will check out the AFV club tracks for my next project. I'm working on an M4A3E2 Jumbo right now. If those tracks don't work well, I'll sure look at AFV. 

BTW, I did get the Modelkasten tracks for my M4A1 finished and they look good, but what a project. I was afraid I would have to put them in my will at the rate they were going.

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