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Author:  thomasweir [ Mon 02 Feb 2009 13:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Airfix 1/76 Scorpion Tank (01320)

Here's mine built for the Diorama GB. My camera is not very good at closeups.
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Author:  west1871 [ Mon 30 Nov 2009 22:20 pm ]
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Hello all,
I fell victim to the short track trap and covered it with a bit of cloth trying to make it look like a tarp :oops: it was the first time I tried this technique :?
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cheers all :D

Author:  B4en [ Tue 01 Dec 2009 08:22 am ]
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Good looking Scimitar.  You've made me want to make one now.  How bad is the short track on this kit?

Author:  west1871 [ Tue 01 Dec 2009 18:40 pm ]
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Hello B4en,

The tracks are about 3-5mm short,enough to snap the idler wheels :cry: I bodged mine with glue to the wheels and had to pin the wheel back on.my next one I am going to either staple the tracks or as someone said I could trim the teeth off the wheels.

hope this helps.

Author:  Sgt.Squarehead [ Tue 01 Dec 2009 21:31 pm ]
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You could try gently warming and stretching the tracks, repeating occasionally over a period of time, to gradually stretch the tracks.....This works well with soft black tracks or Dragon's DS-100, it helps a little with shiny vinyl (assuming you don't inadvertently snap the track) and doesn't appear to make any difference whatsoever to the hardish grey vinyl found in some recent Airfix kits.  :idea:

I'd also recommend not joining the tracks before fitting them, simply start at one end and work round gluing as you go.....The tracks on the Scimitar should touch the tops of the roadwheels so you will get a much more realistic result by gluing them in place.  :idea:  

If you arrange things so you make the join in the tracks at the bottom (ideally in the middle of a roadwheel) it is much easier to conceal.  If the tracks are seriously short you can insert a section of plastic card, trimmed to an approximation of the track, into the gap and then plaster it with mud.  :idea:

I'd also recommend fitting the tracks before you paint anything.....It makes the assembly process an awful lot easier, but it does mean you have to be a bit more careful when painting your model.  :idea:  

HTH & All the best
Sgt.S
PS - Trimming the teeth off the sprocket might be a good idea, as over the years, the pitch of the sprockets and tracks have diverged on many of the older Airfix kits.  :idea:

Author:  Corricon [ Tue 05 Jan 2010 22:43 pm ]
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Here's mine!  (What a nightmare, the tracks pulled apart into 3 pieces so ended up stiching them with black thread and super glue, also had trouble with just how tiny it was, certainly a strain for my eyes!)

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Author:  Tom Tank [ Tue 05 Jan 2010 23:20 pm ]
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Great work Corricon :lol:

Tracks look good.

Author:  B4en [ Thu 07 Jan 2010 00:05 am ]
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Very well done with the tracks indeed! The nightmare was worth it.  8-)

Good build and paintwork all round. I really must pick up one or two of these sometime.

Author:  Sgt.Squarehead [ Thu 07 Jan 2010 02:53 am ]
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Well that was certainly worth the effort.....Great finish and the tracks look very realistic indeed!  :thumb:

All the best
Sgt.S

Author:  Corricon [ Thu 07 Jan 2010 18:37 pm ]
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Thanks for the kind comments chaps!
The tracks themselves were actually big enough to assemble and slip over the sprockets and wheels. I put the joins under the small mudguards at the front and used super glue to create the 'sag' by sticking the track to the wheels at the front and rear. They were pre-painted black then dry brushed with grey/brown and a light bluey green with more grey on the outer edges once they were put on the Scorpion.
It could probably do with another spray of matt varnish and don't get me started with the decals (the infamous brown backed ones, many thanks to whoever mentioned to put them onto wet Klear to get them to stick, fortunately it worked for me!)
Now what should I try next?

Author:  Deano [ Sun 17 Jan 2010 21:05 pm ]
Post subject:  My Sons Scorpion Tank

This is the Scorpion my 8 y.o. son built. It was his second kit. I helped him in some areas, but he did most of the glueing himself (I did the "boxing" of the body and put a couple of fiddly bits on. I painted the wheels and we shared painting the body. We did one of each lights, I painted the tools and he painted the red stripe.

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We had a problem fitting the tracks, they were a little short, so I pulled them a touch to stretch them and it snapped. It heated it together and the warmed them over the stove and gently stretched them until they could be easily fitted using a heated tip. (i also drilled a hole in one end of the track to fit the lug on the other end). He melted one track and I did the other one. I superglued the tracks onto the top of the wheels after reading about it here!

Author:  Ratch [ Sun 17 Jan 2010 22:19 pm ]
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Good job  :nod:

Author:  Corricon [ Sun 17 Jan 2010 22:45 pm ]
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Great job the pair of you!

Author:  Sgt.Squarehead [ Mon 18 Jan 2010 03:07 am ]
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Fantastic job.....Especially the tracks!  :thumb:

I really am impressed, because I know just what a swine they can be to fit, let alone persuade to lie down nicely, as yours have!  8-)

Bravo & all the best
Sgt.S

Author:  Deano [ Tue 19 Jan 2010 20:05 pm ]
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brilliant  <-------- My son decided to post this about his own model  :roll:

Author:  teabee [ Sat 06 Mar 2010 03:35 am ]
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I also had trouble with the tracks. I don't think the mold had taken properly, as there were no pins at the end. I ended up making new tracks from evergreen strip (took an evening with painting. This tank really is tiny.

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Author:  Corricon [ Sun 07 Mar 2010 22:06 pm ]
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Looking good Teabee :thumb:

Author:  teabee [ Mon 08 Mar 2010 09:49 am ]
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Thank you Corricon. Pity I didn't get the details on the tracks in the photos!

Author:  Ron Bell [ Tue 27 Apr 2010 23:50 pm ]
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I experimented and substituted ESCI M-113 hard plastic tracks as I thought the kits ones were not very good. They look ok, but appear too stiff. Oh well, not all experiments work out.

I also did a bunch of detailing like removing molded on tools and replacing them from the scrap box, drilled out the searchlight and after painting it silver, filled it with Krystal Kleer. Added rearview mirrors and a few other odds and end.

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Author:  Sgt.Squarehead [ Wed 28 Apr 2010 00:04 am ]
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Nice job!  :thumb:

One way to improve the look of L&L tracks is to gently bend some sag into the lengths before fitting them.  :idea:

HTH & All the best
Sgt.S

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