|Kit #: AC7310b||Preview by Rob Haelterman|
After the first encounters with the Russian climate (and its effect on the road conditions), Germany developped wider tracks for their Panzer III and Panzer IV (and their derivatives). Two types saw service: Winterketten and Ostketten. The former (which appeared first, in the Winter of 1942/43) was basically a standard track with extensions (similar to "duckbills" for Sherman tracks), while the later was a wider, more uniform track.
This set of Winterketten is based on a late type track (with chevrons), which is the reason for the "1944-45" label. I am not quite sure how common this was, as I always believed that Winterketten would have been supplanted by Ostketten by that time.
are well cast, with discrete sprue gates and minor amounts of flash.
Some extensions are not completely formed, however. Admittedly, these
extensions easily got damaged, but that would probably have taken
off the whole extension (which, of course can be achieved with minor
surgery). Unfortunately, I feel that one stretch of tracks has a little
bit too much of a good thing, but a solution can be found by removing
some extensions elsewhere and grafting them on the offending part.
While the instruction leaflet shows the parts that you should get, and where they should go, there is no indication how to get them to take the shape that they are supposed to take. I have heard this is best tackled using a hair dryer but I will need to see how this works out.
Preview sample kindly provided by Armory.
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Article Last Updated: 01 September 2016