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Old 08-27-2012, 03:01 PM
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Tank Tracks

Hi People,
This will be my very first paper model, I want to build a T-34 But as everything is in Polish Im a bit confused,
First of all the symbols eg:- * ** W L P etc, and also the amount of track has got me totaly stumped, do we have some sort of tutorial on making tank tracks? Hope someone can help.

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Old 08-27-2012, 03:11 PM
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Dear Les

Generally * means laminate to 0.5 mm card. And ** to 1 card.

I find the best source of help is other peoples build threads.

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Old 08-27-2012, 03:51 PM
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:19 PM
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"W" - "cut out"
"L" - "left"
"P" - "right"

Which type of tracks are you building? Band tracks or individual links? Band tracks are simpler but generally don't look as realistic. There is a thread years back on improving band tracks - search for "Panzer IF tracks".

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:59 PM
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What T34 are you building? I am currently building Halinski's T34/76. Tracks are individual links, with a lot of parts, but not necessarily difficult to make.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:23 PM
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les

I have attached my "Decoder Ring". Most model designers are using the same basic symbols this set is from the Helinski Sherman Vc Firefly and is the most extensive one I have seen.

A lot of us make up our own card stock by using various layers of 67Lb card stock 1 sheet is 2.0 to 2.2 mm, 2 sheets is .5 mm and 4 sheets are 1 mm. The glue adds about .2mm per layer use 3M77 spray contact cement to glue up the stock.

Track links vary from one publisher to another simple models have the links as a strip of card stock with little detail. Chris (who is the master of understatement) is building the Halinski T-34/76 which has the most difficult links I have ever built. As I remember each link has 25 or more parts and most are very tiny. You should consider buying laser cut track links. They will save you a lot of time and effort. I have a web address for a gentleman who makes very nice laser cut track links and he has 5 or 6 versions of the links used on the T34. Let me know if you want the address and I'll post ie.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:31 AM
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Thank's for the info Guy's
Yes It's the Halinski's T34/76 So maybe not a good choice to start a first model with, I did look at the Modelik T34/85 one which now looking back would have been the easier of the two options, but too late now,
Jim the chart is a life saver for me thanks

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:56 AM
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You really have taken on a big challenge, Les! The Halinski T34 builds up beautifully, but as Jim had told me in the past, be careful to use the correct thickness on lamination, as the tolerances in the model are very tight. Also, I have translated into English instructions that I can email if you need them. PM me if you want to.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:21 AM
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Cheers Chris
I can see now that I might have bitten off more than I can chew, but we will see. thanks for the offer on the instructions, I may have to take you up on it. see how it goes.

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Old 08-28-2012, 07:42 AM
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Hi Les,

You can check these pages: Google Translate and http://translate.google.com/translat...8%26t%3D105787
My friend presented how the tracks are made. Please ask if something will be unclear.
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