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Tank tread cheat

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Tank tread cheat

Postby Blackhorse 11 » Sun May 29, 2016 10:32 am

I finally started on the M-60s I had sitting around. I love tank models, but I hate the plastic track with the little single pieces. Why can't they all come with rubber tread like in the old days? Anyway, every once in a while, I have a spark of creative genius. I went to Hobby Lobby and found some lace ribbon that matched the tread width. Model assembled and base spray done.
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby GARRYOWEN » Sun May 29, 2016 12:05 pm

Great idea.

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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby L. Sabia Byrne » Sun May 29, 2016 12:07 pm

Thats an interesting idea. Do you have any photos that you can share? Im into sculpting a bit, because some of the armies I build dont have many vehicles made for them so I find that I have to sculpt them myself. Only problem is that where possible I have to use other peoples tracks so I worry about selling casts to other people.... a way of doing things like this would be great :coffee
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby Blackhorse 11 » Sun May 29, 2016 5:31 pm

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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby Blackhorse 11 » Sun May 29, 2016 5:34 pm

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Overlap the tread over the drive sprocket, press between boggies for track sag, and presto cheap and easy tank tread!!!
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby Blackhorse 11 » Sun May 29, 2016 5:37 pm

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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby Blackhorse 11 » Sun May 29, 2016 5:43 pm

Still needs final paint and detailing. Going to cover some of the flaws with "mud". I left off the fiddly parts like lights and stuff since the always break off during gaming. The bustle rack is a pain to put together so I'll probably cheat on that too. I'll make a tissue paper tarp molded on the first tank, then glue it to the other. With some paint and weathering it should blend in nicely. I'll use the one with the bustle rack as the LT's tank and the others will be the rest of the platoon.
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby L. Sabia Byrne » Sun May 29, 2016 10:05 pm

I salute your efforts! Those tracks look surprisingly good and with some PVA covering and a bit of paint and mud/ weathering I do believe that they will look perfect! (Thats one for my 'I'll do that' project drawer!)

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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby Mishima » Mon May 30, 2016 4:41 am

Definitely going in the "I'd use that" department.
I dislike rubber tracks because they usually look taut across the top - no sag. But this could allow for that. M
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby OTB » Tue May 31, 2016 7:18 pm

Some years ago I found a metallic mesh pattern table place mat, which is perfect for replacing shrivelled and snapping old rubber tracks on tanks. It always pays to keep any eye out for stuff like this at the local $2 shop.
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Re: Tank tread cheat

Postby jimmi » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:47 am

good idea !
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