I'm seeking advice for painting the Dragon "Magic Track" individual track links. Personally, I prefer to paint tracks and running gear separately because it allows me to do a more thorough job. The tracks don't get in the way of painting the rubber on the bogeys and vice versa, I can paint all wheels and rollers etc separately... I'm sure you all know the benefits Does anyone have any advice as to a better way to install these tracks? It looks as though they need to be assembled in place in order for each length to be formed correctly. I imagine that building them up in lengths without getting cement on the rollers, sprockets and wheel would be near impossible. This is my first kick at these. I've worked with Fruil tracks before and love them, but those can be pinned and installed last. Are the "Magic Tracks" worth the trouble, or the standard practice to just paint the whole tank with the tracks attached? Just seeking for a better way. I'd really like to give the kit tracks a shot as; they look fine as is, and Fruil tracks aren't cheap.
I look forward to learning from all your experiences with these.
And then paint the tank as a unit. It's not hard to paint the tires if applicable, and to paint the tracks. I use Vallejo Panzer Aces Rubber and Track Primer. With tanks like a Panther, you can leave the outer layer of wheels loose to make painting the inner wheels easier. Really, I have had no issue with this at all and in the end you wouldn't be able to tell it was painted as a unit or individually.
You can also just slip the wheels in place on the tank, and then glue the tracks to the wheels. When dry, remove the whole thing. This makes paitning easier as you have access to both sides and all angles.
Or, slip or glue the wheels in place on the tank, assemble the tracks and wrap them around the wheels, and let dry. When dry, slip off and paint. You can slip the pre shaped tracks back on later. How you decide to assemble the tracks is up to you. You can build them up sort of like link and length tracks in segments, or just glue together the required number of links with a slow drying glue and then position them and let dry.
For all the hype, I've found a lot of the Magic tracks to be "okay" at best. The detail tends to be soft and they can and do have mold knock out marks and some like the 251 halftrack tracks do not fit well because the joining pins are too small.