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Looking for Tiger tank travel tracks
Posted by copperhead on Friday, December 10, 2021 7:46 PM

I'm going to be working on a tiger tank being loaded on a flatbed rail car. Tigers were installed with "traveling tracks" as the standard tread was too wide for the cars. After being unloaded, the standard tread was put back on. Does anyone know if there are any manufacturers who make the traveling treads? Thanks. 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:13 PM

Friulmodel makes a white metal set, and Modelkasten does one in injected plastic.

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Posted by copperhead on Saturday, December 11, 2021 6:09 AM

Thanks for the info. 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:32 AM

I used Fruil transport tracks on my tiger but you can now only get them direct from Fruils website. If you want to do that, these are the tracks you need.

https://friulmodel.hu/termek/atl-26-tiger-i-transport/

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:31 PM

Ok, Railway operations question.

Would they have run a "regular" flatbed car between the heavy 6-axles wagons to haul the combat tracks?  Maybe an every-other car, so the "short" car could have had two or more sets, maybe?

Tracks are heavy and not very cooperative (certainly weren't for my Hitachi excavator).
I'm picturing them dragging the combat tracks onto a flatcar with a winch or the like.

So, maybe a flatcar with a Famo recovery semi-track . . .

Oops, am I "enabling" here . . . ? Smile

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:40 PM

CapnMac82

Ok, Railway operations question.

Would they have run a "regular" flatbed car between the heavy 6-axles wagons to haul the combat tracks?  Maybe an every-other car, so the "short" car could have had two or more sets, maybe?

Tracks are heavy and not very cooperative (certainly weren't for my Hitachi excavator).
I'm picturing them dragging the combat tracks onto a flatcar with a winch or the like.

So, maybe a flatcar with a Famo recovery semi-track . . .

Oops, am I "enabling" here . . . ? Smile

 

In short, no. The combat tracks were placed onto the flatcar with the tank they belonged to.

 

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On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, December 12, 2021 1:42 PM

Bish

 

In short, no. The combat tracks were placed onto the flatcar with the tank they belonged to.

 

 

Well ain't that a thing!  Cool!

Still could have an excuse for a crane truck in scene, though Smile

The nightmare of track laid out flat all over the place daunts imagination, though.

Wonder if they broke track at the idler, and the just backed up over the replacement track.

It's still a greased pig for having to take the return run off over top of itself in that loveley rain of grease, oil, and mud that always results.

Hmm, about as much hassle rolling off track over the drive socket rolling forward.

Neither way sounds like a well-spent day--if part and parcel of treadhead life.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 12, 2021 1:53 PM

We used to change our Warrior track by breaking at the sprocket and rolling it backwards. It then does not matter if the new track is laid out infront or behind the vehicle. Just depends what space you have. When i did my Tiger, i had the combat track in front of the vehicle, so it would have rolled back onto the new track then moved forwrd to fit it.

I looked at various photo's and it looked as though track bashing has not changed in 80 years, so i went with how we did it.

If you look at the previous photo's, the combat tracks are running under the Tiger. I believe one method was to loop the tracks over the tank, connect them up, and then the tank would driver onto the flat car. Thats what it looks like they did in that photo.

Changing tracks ain't to bad in good conditions. Myself and 2 of my mates could build 2 brand new tracks and change them in 1hr 20mins. Certainly better than changeing all the pads.

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On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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