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Hi all ...

 

I'm looking to get some AM tracks ... NOT Fruil as 1) I want plastic and 2) I don't want to pay more than a kit is worth!!

 

So ... I'm looking around and I find things like 'late' type and 'early' type ...

 

All of my stuff is German WWII ... Panzers, Panthers, Tigers etc ...

 

Can anyone give me a heads up as to what type/era of tracks fit what machines/variants?? ... so I know what AM track sets to buy for which tank!!

 

Rog :)

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Hi all ...

 

I'm looking to get some AM tracks ... NOT Fruil as 1) I want plastic and 2) I don't want to pay more than a kit is worth!!

 

So ... I'm looking around and I find things like 'late' type and 'early' type ...

 

All of my stuff is German WWII ... Panzers, Panthers, Tigers etc ...

 

Can anyone give me a heads up as to what type/era of tracks fit what machines/variants?? ... so I know what AM track sets to buy for which tank!!

 

Rog :)

 

There is no easy answer to your question...

 

I always preferred Friulmodel but yes, they are expensive.

If you really want plastic, the best second bet are Modelkasten. Easier to assemble, plastic, BUT also pretty expensive.

Most Dragon kit have link & length tracks (unless you pick a kit with their patented DS rubber tracks. Nice, but more difficult to sack over the wheels).

 

You could also google for Hobby Boss track links. Very nice and way cheaper:

 

Soviet%20T-35%20Heavy%20Tank%20Track%20L

 

The Pz III, Pz IV, Tiger, etc... all had different tracks and most had early and late within their type.

 

Hope this helps.

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There is no easy answer to your question...

 

I always preferred Friulmodel but yes, they are expensive.

If you really want plastic, the best second bet are Modelkasten. Easier to assemble, plastic, BUT also pretty expensive.

Most Dragon kit have link & length tracks (unless you pick a kit with their patented DS rubber tracks. Nice, but more difficult to sack over the wheels).

 

You could also google for Hobby Boss track links. Very nice and way cheaper:

 

The Pz III, Pz IV, Tiger, etc... all had different tracks and most had early and late within their type.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Sorry Jeroen!! ...

 

I didn't clarify my initial post properly ...

 

If I can find a Magic Track boxing of a Dragon kit - I'll buy it - even at a premium. In my opinion, DS tracks are a regression back toward a more primitive era ... Now, if Dragon offered either: Kits with Magic Track ... or Magic Track as an AM accessory, we wouldn't be having this discussion!!

 

However ... I have quite a few kits in my stash that are the later incarnation of the Smart Kit ... with DS track ... which I need to replace.

This creates a problem ... how do I know if any particular variant of a Pz.IV or Pz.V used an 'early' type track or a 'late' type track? ... 

There's no specific direction on the kit ... I have no idea when I buy a set of tracks called "Pz.III / Pz.IV late" exactly which variant I'm buying them for.

Same with Panthers and Tigers ... At least I'm covered with the Luchs!! - there was only one type and the AM boxes just say 'Luchs"

 

How all this started was by looking at Hobby Boss tracks!! - so we're on the same page there! ... I can get a number of early OR late sets for a Panther ... ok ... so which one? ... does it mater? ... does the type have anything to do with sprocket teeth? ... etc etc ...

 

Rog :)

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Hi all ...

 

NOT Fruil as 1) I want plastic and 2) I don't want to pay more than a kit is worth!!

I'm a fan of AM upgrades, but I'll be the first to acknowledge it's weird that the kit isn't always the costliest part of the build.  :huh:

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Hi Rog,

 

Don't know if these guys are any help but I found them in one of the modelling mags:

 

http://gtg-resin.com/

 

Made in Australia so helping the economy etc. etc.

They appear to be a new company so there inventory isn't much but they may bear watching for future releases. Not cheap but not as expensive as Fruil....

 

Regards,

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Hi Rog,

 

Don't know if these guys are any help but I found them in one of the modelling mags:

 

http://gtg-resin.com/

 

Made in Australia so helping the economy etc. etc.

They appear to be a new company so there inventory isn't much but they may bear watching for future releases. Not cheap but not as expensive as Fruil....

 

Regards,

 

 

Slightly expensive ... but another good source of AM tracks ... especially for the Luchs!! 

 

It still doesn't answer my question though  :huh:

 

Rog :)

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