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PZ III/IV Tracks
Workable Track Links Set for Panzer III/IV Early Type
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

Introduction

MiniArt has produced a small number of workable track sets, but I rarely see them utilised. I recently started a built a Dragon Models Stug Ausf A, I found the Dragon Styrene tracks in the box had to be stretched to fit the wheels of the model and so did not look right to my eye. MiniArt again have their Workable Track Links Set for Panzer III/IV Early Type in 1/35th scale available and I took them for a spin.

Review

The product arrived in an end opening card box; not my favourite due to how easily it can be crushed in the postage system that said it did arrive in good order. On the front of the carton is an image of the tracks and how they are assembled; also present is an image of a panzer III, Stug and Panzer IV. On the rear of the box is a list of the suitable vehicles that these tracks are for and are as follows:
Panzer III Ausf A, B, C and D 96 98 links per side
Stug III Ausf A, E and F 94 links per side
Panzer IV Ausf A, B, C, D and E 101 links per side
The rear of the carton is also where the instructions for assembly of the track is located.

Inside you will find 20 sprues that contain the track links and that give you 240 track links. There are 5 sprues that contain the pins for securing the tracks together and these are sided and provide 255 inner and outer pins. Finally there is a jig for assembling the tracks 8 links at a time. An examination of the contents reveals no major issues such as ejector pin marks, but there is some flash present on a few of the track links nothing excessive though. I also like that there are plenty of spare links and pins that can be used if you lose some or more likely as added armour on your build.

The links have 5 gates which is something I am not keen on as it requires a lot of clean up, that said this high number has insured good moulding quality and so is a chore worth undertaking. The pins have been moulded perfectly spaced to insert into the pre-moulded holes in the track links and so making assembly easier than it might have otherwise been. Other than remembering to add the pins on the correct side you should not need to worry about any other aspect.

The fit of these tracks to the Dragon Models drive wheel indicates to me that MiniArt must have got the scale and measurements spot on or both companies would need to be out by exactly the same degree. The result can be seen in the last photograph that I hopes relays the look of the product in place.

Conclusion

These tracks from MiniArt are very well detailed and go together easily, the only downside I can see is the amount of clean up required. In all other respects this is a well priced product costing me 10.00 range and can usually be found with free postage. The detail on the track links matches that which I have found in my reference, but I cannot guarantee the suitability of the tracks for all the versions mentioned on the packaging. I very highly recommend this product to you with my only gripe being the clean up work.
SUMMARY
Darren Baker builds and reviews the Workable Track Links Set for Panzer III/IV Early Type from MiniArt in 1/35th scale.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35235
  PUBLISHED: Sep 04, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.88%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Ah, I misread that, I thought that you meant no metal 36cm metal tracks.
SEP 04, 2019 - 04:46 PM
Thought so no worries. Friul must have this, and I was stocked up on the R-model metals.
SEP 04, 2019 - 05:09 PM
My only issue with clean up is due to the number of connection points, I suppose it is possible that you purchased a Friday afternoon rough set. These have just been re-released by MiniArt and it is possible that they were out of circulation while the moulds were cleaned up and that could be another reason you had a bad set. What I will say is that MiniArt is excellent at replacement of damaged and missing parts.
SEP 04, 2019 - 08:34 PM
MiniArt is indeed a great company both from the perspective of the amazing subject materials, price and quality as well as their excellent customer service. Can't say enough good things about them though I wish that they branched out into more German softskins and maybe the occasional armoured subject.
SEP 05, 2019 - 09:08 AM
No complaints about quality and detail as I do the cleanup now for MiniArt's Valentine V, but at 98 tracks per side and 4 attachment points per track, that's 784 points to clean up and I feel it.
SEP 07, 2019 - 01:29 AM
Actually used 100 each side for the Valentine.
SEP 08, 2019 - 11:51 AM
I was never one to count tracks even though I like to know how many should be used, I tend to go for what looks right rather than is right. Clean up is a pain regardless of what track type you use and I must like these as I have purchased four further sets of them.
SEP 09, 2019 - 06:31 AM
I only include the accounts as advice. The instructions break it into four runs with a total of 98 but I found the bottom run, which the instructions say should be 43, to be short by 2. Easy to correct but just a heads up.
SEP 09, 2019 - 10:21 AM
I am not knocking you Johhar and I find the information you have supplied of interest.
SEP 09, 2019 - 11:05 AM
   

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