aftermarket tank track set represents what is referred to as Winterketten.
Though the packaging calls this “Ostketten”,
my references identify it as Winterketten. What is
I understand the Winterkette was developed in 1942 for deep winter
snow conditions. This track looks similar to duckbill extensions on
M4 Sherman tracks, except these extensions were cast into the metal
track, not removable. The Winterketten look like they have rectangular
fins sticking out from the standard track (see photo below). Vehicles
we can see this on include the Pz III, StuIG33, StuG III and StuG
IV, Pz IV, Wirbelwind, etc. An example of Winterketten is shown in
the photo below. Ostketten look like just wider tracks that stick
out further on one side. The outside face looks much like Pz V Panther
track to me.
Winterkette on a StuG III
Ostkette on a Panzer IV
thing to keep in mind is that when using the Ostketten and the Winterketten,
it appears we must leave the Schürzen (side skirts) off the hull
or angle the hull Schürzen out a bit away from the hull. In my
searches I have seen Pz III and Pz IV with Ostketten and Winterketten
and turret Schürzen, but only one Pz IV also with hull Schürzen.
Examining the real tracks on historical photos there appears to be
a distinct direction for the track based on the links. I am pleased
to report that Modell Trans was paying attention and molded right
and left sides to their Winterketten track to ensure the links are
in the correct, intended direction. With the Standartketten both sides
are the same.
This Modell Trans set consists of eight sections of amber color, cast
resin Winterkette track for a total of 38 cm of track. This is enough
for a 1/72-scale Pz IV with some extra track, or enough for a Pz III
or StuG and even more extra. The amount of track used on a 1/72 Pz
IV is about 16 cm per side, and on a 1/72-scale a Pz III or StuG model
uses about 15 cm cm per side.
In these photos I applied a dark brown wash to several of the track
runs to accentuate the track detail. Detail looks good, certainly
better than that in the ESCI and Hasegawa kits, and in the quick build
After cutting from the pour plug and washing in mild detergent, the
resin track lengths can be immersed in hot water and carefully and
promptly wrapped around the sprocket, roadwheels, and idler wheels.
Some track sag between the return rollers would be appropriate.
Glue with Cyanoacrylate (Super) glue or 5-minute epoxy.
The track looks accurate and will add character to a good model. I
recommend gluing the finished model down to a base or vignette as
the resin track extensions may easily break off with handling.
track accessory was purchased by the modeler.
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