Discussion in 'General Military Vehicle Chat' started by aaron, Feb 9, 2012.
This is how I do individual track links :
Normal masking tape, pull off a strip that's equivalent to double the length of of the tank you're making. Join it up so you have a loop & stick this to your workbench so it's sticky-side up. You could use double-sided tape, but that can be too sticky.
Next there are 2 ways of proceeding. Firstly, you can lay the track links on the tape So they're interlocking & run a small amount of extra-thin cement into the gaps between the links. This is, for me, the quickest & easiest method but you need to be careful not to use too much cement.
Second way is to stick each link one by one, adding a dab of normal cement to each one. This method is slower & more fiddly.
I do enough to go from 3/4 of the track length to around either the drive sprocket or idler wheel.
Leave it for about 30 mins to harden slightly & then remove from the tape & it'll still be flexible enough to drape over the roadwheels to get a nice 'sag'. Do the same with the remaining length & join them once you're happy with how they sit on the wheels.
Hopefully you'll have great tracks!
Hope this helps
The tracks get built usually while I'm waiting for stuff like washes to dry & they're painted & weathered off the vehicle.
To get the sag, I put them over the wheels & then pop some pieces of sponge between the hull & the track. This keeps it under pressure but won't damage anything delicate. I'm careful with how much sag to add, coz apart from Russian tanks, most tracks were pretty tight - throwing a track was a tankers nightmare!
Basically, the last thing I do is glue the wheels to the hull & add the trackage. It can be tricky depending on the particular tank - a Tiger is easy, whereas something with fenders is harder so that might involve feeding the track length from the front / back.
Is there a particular tank you're building Aaron?
dragon jsu 152 kit 9112
dragon pz3 kit 9111
dragon pz3 kit 9024
dragon pz3 kit 6631
masterbox munitionschlepper 1 ausf a
masterbox 1kla panzerbefeblswagen
These all have indy links of some form, so thanks a lot for your help
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