S-Models M3A3 Tracks, or Mr. Exacto is Jealous

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S-Models M3A3 Tracks, or Mr. Exacto is Jealous

Joined: February 21st, 2006, 12:20 am

January 18th, 2015, 5:15 pm #1

S-Models M3A3 Tracks, or Mr. Exacto is Jealous

Hi everyone,
Going along wit the review of the S-Models M3A3......

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... c+Heavy%29

then I did the Drive sprocket

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... our+Friend

and then the Idler Wheel

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... is+my+Hero


and one of the things I pointed out
was the Detail Defect where the Guide Teeth
are molded completely through to both sides.
well here is my answer to that....
Just to refresh your memory this is what I am talking about.....



Now.... this fix will only be for the lower portion of the tracks,
I figure thats all you'll see any way.

I started by shaving off the "end connectors" on the inner side of the tracks , cutting .5 mm to the inside of the "outer" guide teeth,
and then shaving away the molded guide teeth.







I then glued the guide teeth back on.
here is the "inner" side with the guide teeth glued back on.



Here is the "outer" side to show the difference.





I did this down the length of the track.





when I have the energy.... I'll do the other side.

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Joined: July 16th, 2010, 10:55 pm

January 18th, 2015, 5:26 pm #2

Ken, that is a brilliant - if somewhat work intensive - solution to those track sets that have that particular issue. Looks great to me and with paint should be a transparent fix as the outer detail to the S-Model tracks is good. With all that carving though I would still consider simply replacing the lower hull/running gear with Mirage stuff, even though their band tracks lack some outer edge detail. Thanks for sharing.
- fredman out
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Joined: February 21st, 2006, 12:20 am

January 18th, 2015, 5:31 pm #3

I am told the entire lower hull from a Mirage kit
can be adapted to the S-models upper hull.
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Joined: September 23rd, 2014, 8:45 pm

January 18th, 2015, 9:33 pm #4

S-Models M3A3 Tracks, or Mr. Exacto is Jealous

Hi everyone,
Going along wit the review of the S-Models M3A3......

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... c+Heavy%29

then I did the Drive sprocket

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... our+Friend

and then the Idler Wheel

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/me ... is+my+Hero


and one of the things I pointed out
was the Detail Defect where the Guide Teeth
are molded completely through to both sides.
well here is my answer to that....
Just to refresh your memory this is what I am talking about.....



Now.... this fix will only be for the lower portion of the tracks,
I figure thats all you'll see any way.

I started by shaving off the "end connectors" on the inner side of the tracks , cutting .5 mm to the inside of the "outer" guide teeth,
and then shaving away the molded guide teeth.







I then glued the guide teeth back on.
here is the "inner" side with the guide teeth glued back on.



Here is the "outer" side to show the difference.





I did this down the length of the track.





when I have the energy.... I'll do the other side.
Hi Ken,
You are a energy powerplant on yr own, already having this detail set ready and done for making a UK version. About casting better detailed track units to go with it:
Looking at yr idea, to take off the guide teeth as a "strip" along both sides of the tracks, I thought that casting the "cleaned" middle parts of the suspension units with wheels,including the idler wheel with only the middle track part around them, would well be possible. With loose outer drive sprockets and casted "string" of the trackpads as being the edges lined around the outside of the assembly to add later, there you are!
You understand by now that I,lazy bugger, cant bring up this awsome work that you did and am looking for a solution by asking you casting off all things and dremel work you did yourselves!,
Idea?
Cheers,
Peter
Regards,
Peter van Kempen.

Si vis pacem, Para bellum.
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