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Useful warning, thanks. When I used to build 1/7x tanks, this was always a problem, and the only solution that worked for holding the sprockets in place was to use a length of brass rod right through the model.

I am wondering if casting up a few spare track links is the answer, i.e insert them into the track run, to slacken everything off a bit?

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How uncanny, I recently bought this model from 'The War & Peace' show this summer and recently started making it at the same time you have - although I haven't got so far as you.

I bought it because I remember making it back in 1975 when it was first released and I remember what struck me about the kit was the amount of detail it had. Not quite so sure about the detail now though, manufacturers have got better but still a good kit.

I was tempted to do a bit of scratch building for the canvas and cloth things since they look so fake but I don't think I will have the time.

Do you do any research on the model before making it? I wasn't sure about what colours to paint the dials on the radio set myself...

It's great watching how you progress :-)


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I also bought this kit when it first came out and like you I was also struck by the "detail". My research was mainly Googling and I used a bit of "artistic licence" on the radios as the colours of the originals were rather bland!

Back to the build - I have had a lot of trouble with the tracks and I resorted to using fuse wire to tie one track down onto a wheel whilst on the other side I used a piece of clear sprue to push the track down. For some reason the tracks were not evenly aligned which led to the different methods.

Anyway, I have done as much as I am going to do on this and it is completed:
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Apart from the track issue I have loved this build and am looking forward to starting on the other one in my stash, to be completed as the Russian Front version.

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Super build.  :notworthy:

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Great build :clap: is the 1.32 scale much bigger than the 1.35 Tamiya one or just the same? I also love to make the airfix 1.32 tanks but looking on the web :smt024: I can not buy one for less then £30 :shock: for a 70s kit.


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