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Old 05-24-2007, 07:09 AM
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Hi all, I seek your advice regarding metal tracks.

Do you guys buy it for cosmetic or functional reasons? What are the pros and cons of using metal tracks?

I am asking because my Sherman tracks are getting rather worn from driving over rough concrete pavements.

I was hoping to replace them with something more durable but metal tracks are not cheap. In the case of Heng Longs, the tracks cost more than the tank. [:@]

Therefore, I am just wondering if it's worth the investment.

Old 05-24-2007, 07:21 AM
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Yes, they are. Give the tank more weight, lower its center of gravity, look really cool and clank and squeek like real tracks. Every tank of mine gets them.
Old 05-24-2007, 08:47 AM
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Do you guys buy it for cosmetic or functional reasons? What are the pros and cons of using metal tracks?
I buy metal tracks for both cosmetic and functional reasons if they are light.

Pros:

* Cosmetic: they look and sound realistic
* Functional: they are more durable and have slightly better traction

Cons:

* If they are too heavy, they will put extra stress on the motors and electronics
* They slow the tank down a little due to the extra weight
Old 05-24-2007, 10:23 AM
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another pro is that they are more durable then the plastic ones.

also the "omg is that real metal" is nice to hear :P

also also, the metal drive wheels and idler(depending on tank) is allot better then the stock plastic.
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Are the tracks sold by Mato suitable for Tamiya tanks?

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:17 PM
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Are the tracks sold by Mato suitable for Tamiya tanks?

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Mato King Tiger, Tiger I, and Panther tracks are suitable for Tamiya tanks.
Old 05-24-2007, 12:18 PM
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What about Pershing tracks? And I believe somebody said that the Pershing tracks fit on a Sherman with a few links removed?

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darkith:

For the HL Plastics, thats a 10-4. I bought a set of HL plastics to try, and they fit my Sherman just fine. The metals would probably be the same... but I suggest you contact Kenny Kong about his cast tracks, as he is liquidating some lines, and he may be able to give you a deal.

I will add that the HL Pershing links are fractionally smaller than the Tamiya's, and a total Pershing run requires 2 more HL links to match a Tamiya set, and playing with the idler adjuster setting. Then again, the HL ones open up very easily, and would be the perfect source for 'spares' on hull and turret. I also ended up with 60+ links from a display Leo 1A4 kit.

NOTE: Sherman tracks will NOT go on Pershing, Leopard 1A4 or Gepard. The guide tabs are too wide to go between the wheels. Tried that for my Pershing track stretch on my Leopard.
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Thanks Whitewolf. I actually have a set of Metal Mato Pershing tracks, but haven't found time to fit them to my Sherman. It needs a return roller rebuild before I'll chance metal tracks on it, as the previous owner neglected them and some of them have flat spots worn on them.

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hmm didnt think return wheels would flat spot... time to double check before i tank it up again. now where did i put that silicone spray ...
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Return rollers will flat spot if they don't roll freely with the tracks. I had this problem with one of my Sherman's return rollers ... luckily it was discovered early so the damage is negligible.

Nowadays, I have a layer of black tape over all return rollers to prevent them from scraping against the tracks. The black tape is replaced every few weeks. If anyone knows where to get rubber rims for the return rollers, I'm all ears.
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We are talking about white metal tracks here ... not steel tracks. Concrete will have the same effect of those expensive tracks as they did plastic.

Just don't drive it on concrete!


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Old 05-26-2007, 09:21 AM
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@thegreatpumpkin,

Tankzone have a replacement set of return rollers and rubber rims that I've been mulling over. Kinda expensive though at £39.99.
http://www.tankzone.co.uk/cart/tz_m4.htm

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Old 05-26-2007, 11:31 AM
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Nice find! I hadn't seen those before!

Now if only they would make the VVSS ....


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