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Problem with assembling suspension on Tamiya Pershing 1/35th kit (TAM35254)

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  • Member since
    February 2021
Problem with assembling suspension on Tamiya Pershing 1/35th kit (TAM35254)
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Monday, March 22, 2021 2:46 AM

Hello folks. I must be missing something really obvious, but try as I do, I cannot get the outer wheels to stay on each axle (I've been stuck on this task for over an hour (I'm guessing I am not working 'smartly' enough). I am using the small polycaps: Each inner wheel stays snugly on the axle using the small polycap, but each outerwheel just flops off. No amount of jiggling, pressing the wheels together, etc. succeeds for me in fastening the outer wheels (they are simply nowhere near snug enough to stay on). What connection (cognitively) might I not be making here? I'm hoping someone else might have run into this problem and solved it, too... The instructions clearly state that I should not glue the wheel halves and  small polycaps together (implying that they should rotate (and stay in place) without gluing; but alas, I don't really see any alternative to doing so...Grateful for any insights. Many thanks!

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    April 2004
Posted by Jon_a_its on Monday, March 22, 2021 3:03 AM

From memory, Tamiya kits have two sizes of poly caps.

4 Smaller ones for the drive sprockets & Idlers, 12 Larger for the road wheels.

Wheel parts are often snug, but you are expected to trap a poly cap between two wheel halves  AND glue the two halves together.

Don't use excess glue, so that you don't glue the wheels to the axles!

The roadwheels, idlers and sprockets are a SNUG fit on the axles.

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  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Monday, March 22, 2021 3:19 AM

OK, thanks for explaining. This knucklehead didn't realize that I am supposed to use some glue (but carefully and sparingly). I guess it should have been common sense for me to figure that out (I was taking the 'do not cement' picture sign in the instructions too literally), but thanks again for having explained it to me. 


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