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How to glue painted tracks

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  • Member since
    March 2021
How to glue painted tracks
Posted by berd on Sunday, April 4, 2021 9:39 PM

I used some superglue but it made quite a mess. Is there a better way to glue painted tracks onto painted tanks?



  • Member since
    April 2018
  • From: Australia
Posted by Panzer Joe on Sunday, April 4, 2021 10:26 PM
I usually avoid painting my tracks before putting them together. Maybe using a bit of tamiya extra thin cement will do the job, you might just have to make sure there isnt any apint on the gluing surfaces. Cheers
  • Member since
    September 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Monday, April 5, 2021 4:26 PM

Unless the tracks are resin and you are very good, never use super glue, or CA glue for plastic models.  As Joe said, paint the tracks later.  Its tricky sometimes, I just finihed two Dragon kits last month with link to link tracks. I did them both by cutting off the sprues first, they were from the nineties, then assembling them in sections then painting them.  That is the short story. It's longer in reality.  Tanks used to be much easier years ago.  Oh well.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 5, 2021 5:18 PM

What kind of tracks,one piece or indie links? 

With one piece,you CAN use super glue,the newer Tamiya or Dragon one piece can use liquid glues like Tamiya or Testors,but BEFORE painting is best.

From the way your question sounds,I don't think you are talking plastic indies,but that's a whole other discussion,those are assembled with liquid cement also,usually before painting.Here's who I handle plastic indies.

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    July 2003
Posted by disastermaster on Monday, April 5, 2021 6:54 PM

I never use metal or resin tracks. For kit tracks I use the same technique as above with liquid glue and careful adjustment of the rear track idler arm. I paint and weather the tracks after assembly and place them on the wheels just as below. After placement you can then add more weathering adjustment to the whole wheel and track assembly.

Even with so called "magic tracks" it isn't magic but after going through this procedure many times you'll eventually get the hang of it.


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