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Working with Dragon's DS Tracks

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Working with Dragon's DS Tracks
Posted by DoEddi on Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:53 PM

What the difference between normal rubber track and Dragon's DS track?

There is no much information provided in the instruction sheet, and Dragon's website as well.

Thanks in advance.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:56 PM
They glue together with CA glue.Only use acrylic paint and washes as enamels could cause them to stiffen and break.It happened with one of my builds.The ones I did with acrylics about five,have been fine.Many have said that they have found them bad in the box or that they fall apart on their own,that hasn’t happened to me.You may want to invest in AM tracks if you can afford them.There are many options,plastic links,resin links,or metal links.All are nice,but they do add a cost to your build,at least $25-45 dollars.So it depends on your budget.

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Posted by DoEddi on Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:19 PM

Thanks you for your reply.

Sound like they are even more figle then Tamiya's rubber tracks. Acrylic paint only? I will remember this when I build the kit.

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:50 PM
Just my opinion on working with DS tracks. Step 1 throw in trash

Clint

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, July 13, 2018 6:00 AM
I could have simply said something like that,but not everyone can or wants to drop extra cash on AM tracks which can sometimes double the cost of a kit.

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, July 13, 2018 6:54 AM
That is true Tojo I've got three kits that came with DS tracks two of them are so warped I don't think they could of been used and went straight into the trash, one that I tried to use starter busting apart when I went to install them. Also Dragon has started putting DS tracks into kits that originally was released with magic tracks.

Clint

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  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:35 PM

DS tracks have their good and bad sides.  They will glue together with model cement but you will need to clamp them together and let them dry for a full day. 

As the remarks made by others, many DS tracks get damaged while in the kits and depending to the damage may or may not be fixable. I had one set that was damaged out the ten Dragon kits I have assembled.  I really like Dragon Magic Tracs.

Many modelers don't like DS because in order to get the sagg they want with their German armor they have to glue the tracks to the road wheels.  Also sometimes the DS tracks are to long or to short, which means they look really saggy or so tight you snap off the idler trying to get them on.  I use the DS tracks on all of Dragon American armor because there is no sagg in their tracks and I been lucky that they fit just right.  I don't use them on my German armor at all. 

Marcus

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Posted by TankerEasy on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:33 AM

Dumb question, what are DS tracks?

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:53 AM

TankerEasy

Dumb question, what are DS tracks?

 

DS is a type of softer styrene developed by Dragon, stands for Dragon Styrene. Its most well know use is for tracks which are similar to the rubber band tracks use by companies like Tamiya, though the Dragon ones tend to be better detailed. I have also come across stowage bns on one of their Panther kits made with the same material.

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Posted by TankerEasy on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 11:55 AM

Awww ok, learned something new Big Smile

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