DS Track for Sherman (T80)||3864
DS Track for Sherman (T54E1)|
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DS Track for Sherman (T48)||3867
DS Track for Sherman (T48 w/EEC)|
is an old sayingbe careful what you wish for. Many modelers
groused for years about wanting single-link track sets for 1/35 scale armor models,
as this was the state of the art in aftermarket kits from Japan in
plastic or Europe in resin. Dragon was the first major manufacturer to listen
to their requests, and honor them.
like Daffy Duck yelling Let me have it! and the last thing he sees
is the 16 ton Acme anvil coming down on top of him, so it was with the DML single
link tracks. Each VVSS set for DML M4 medium tank kits consisted of three separate
partsa pad and two end connectorsand was among the most onerous and
tedious task to clean up and assemble, and if not done right the tracks were very,
very fragile. Their HVSS sets were not much bettersingle link pads but requiring
all of the center guides to be trimmed up and cemented to the edge of the link
center connector, also tedious and prone to being popped off if not careful.
when DML developed its very handy DS plastic which combined the ease
of assembly of styrene and the detail quality of vinyl or resin, they began to
offer these tracks with their kits. But due to the misery of the early tracks
(as seen on more than a few websites and also in modeling reviews and articles)
many DML kits wound up sitting on shelves.
DMLs affiliate cyber-hobby.com is offering the track sets as a regularly
available aftermarket purchase item. These sets permit the upgrading of older
kits with modern tracks; since many of their older kits are still reasonably good,
it permits simplifying the assembly and thus move kits off shelves in boxes to
sit on shelves or in dioramas as completed kits.
kits provide three VVSS (e.g., single bogie wheel) setsthe T48 or rubber
chevron tracks, the T48 with extended end connectors (duckbills),
or the T54E1 cast steel chevron patterns. Each one is beautifully done and offers
a much better looking (and easier!) option than the kit's original track sets.
other kit provides the HVSS (twin bogie wheel) set of T80 cast steel chevron tracks.
These still require cementing the center guide in placebut the center guides
are now slide molded parts requiring minimal cleanup and assembly
is actually much easier as the track runs are in one piece.
sets come rolled inside the boxes for protection and to prevent warpage.
these are reasonably priced and very handy to have, either for upgrading older
DML kits or use to mix and match on M4 series tanks to get the right
to Freddie Leung for the review sample.