Tasca M4 suspension "foam pad" fix?

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Tasca M4 suspension "foam pad" fix?

Joined: April 18th, 2005, 5:18 pm

December 19th, 2011, 4:45 pm #1

Well, it seems Tasca has heard some of the criticism regarding the infamous "foam pad" spacers issued with their VVSS M4 series kits:

http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a1 ... 1dv-2.html

Hopefully the little plastic inserts witll be sold separately like most of their other Shermain kit parts.

Cheers!

Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

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Joined: November 20th, 2004, 12:44 am

December 19th, 2011, 4:56 pm #2

Now there's a novelty. Thanks for the info Charby

Pat McGrath
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:12 pm

December 19th, 2011, 5:11 pm #3

Well, it seems Tasca has heard some of the criticism regarding the infamous "foam pad" spacers issued with their VVSS M4 series kits:

http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a1 ... 1dv-2.html

Hopefully the little plastic inserts witll be sold separately like most of their other Shermain kit parts.

Cheers!

Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. (Bullet Tooth Tony)
I have a couple of Tasca kits that I've procrastinated on building, but I planned on just using some Evergreen strip.
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Joined: February 9th, 2011, 11:44 pm

December 19th, 2011, 5:30 pm #4

As long as you want to model it on flat ground, then strip styrene works fine. The foam is useful only if you want it to actually act like the Sherman suspension. I built my first one with the foam pieces, and since then, have used styrene to lock them in place.
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 4:04 pm

December 19th, 2011, 6:47 pm #5

Well, it seems Tasca has heard some of the criticism regarding the infamous "foam pad" spacers issued with their VVSS M4 series kits:

http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a1 ... 1dv-2.html

Hopefully the little plastic inserts witll be sold separately like most of their other Shermain kit parts.

Cheers!

Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. (Bullet Tooth Tony)
Charby,

I saw this in their info about the kit last week. Having sold a spacer set for both the M3 and M4 sets as a Formations product for the last several years I can tell you that the thickness needed for the M4 set is different for that of the M3 style with the return roller centered over the bogie.

I have sold hundreds of these parts over the last few years.

Cheers,
Rob
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

December 19th, 2011, 8:53 pm #6

Well, it seems Tasca has heard some of the criticism regarding the infamous "foam pad" spacers issued with their VVSS M4 series kits:

http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a1 ... 1dv-2.html

Hopefully the little plastic inserts witll be sold separately like most of their other Shermain kit parts.

Cheers!

Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. (Bullet Tooth Tony)
nt
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 2:49 pm

December 19th, 2011, 9:58 pm #7

Well, it seems Tasca has heard some of the criticism regarding the infamous "foam pad" spacers issued with their VVSS M4 series kits:

http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a1 ... 1dv-2.html

Hopefully the little plastic inserts witll be sold separately like most of their other Shermain kit parts.

Cheers!

Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. (Bullet Tooth Tony)
After several less than successful attempts with the kit foam, I sliced what I needed out of white pencil erasers. This gives a more solid suspension but is still a bit compressible. One eraser outfits many Shermans.

FWIW,
Ron V
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Joined: December 15th, 2003, 2:58 pm

December 19th, 2011, 10:35 pm #8

whilst i appreciate the aim behind the foam pads and the workable suspension, the simple fact is that the pads - and the workable suspension - just do not work with their vinyl tracks

the vinyl tracks' tension causes the first and last bogies to "buckle", as if the tank were in a U-shape dip; obviously with indie links, without the tension, you don't have this problem

bottom line, the foam pad stuff is just a bit of a gimmick and is not actually compatible with the kits' vinyl tracks

luckily a bit of CA glue means you can fix the bogies in place and stop the tank looking like it is in the middle of a skater park u-bend



for the record, i have built a number of Tacsa's Shermans and love them
Regards,

Nicholas
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December 20th, 2011, 1:51 am #9

After several less than successful attempts with the kit foam, I sliced what I needed out of white pencil erasers. This gives a more solid suspension but is still a bit compressible. One eraser outfits many Shermans.

FWIW,
Ron V
As an illustrator, I have an endless supply of erasers!


Hervé "Charby" Charbonneau
Chicoutimi QC
Canada

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December 20th, 2011, 5:13 am #10

nt
and they are still selling fast.



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