Steel tracks on Armortek models?

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Gerhard Michel
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Steel tracks on Armortek models?

Post by Gerhard Michel » Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:51 pm

Hello guys,

I have quite good experiences over some years in using steel tracks made by Olaf with my 3 tigers (King Tiger production turret, King Tiger Porsche turret, Jagdtiger). None of these models is manufactured by Armortek, but the conversion to Olafs steel tracks was not too difficult. The necessary individual designed sprockets were made by myself, except my Porsche KT, which uses adapted sprockets from its manufacturer and the original gear rings from Olaf.

All my models are tested and used in heavy terrain on "Eckersmühlen proving ground", a large sand pit with very challenging driving conditions, where models are used up to distances of 80 metres away from the steersman:

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The steel tracks with aluminium gear rings worked very well and with only a few wearout of the gear rings, while aluminium tracks couldn't withstand in some driving situation. Also the original AT Jagdpanther and Tiger I tracks were / are sometimes cracking under these unusual conditions. Please see a sharp turn in wet sand, with up to 4 cm of sand between track and road wheels! That's a severe stress to the whole device.

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Now I also own an AT Jagdpanther, and I'm glad to hear that Vincent is offering steel tracks for the Panther / Jagdpanther.

Can anyone tell me his experiences in using steel tracks on Armortek models, e.g. the King Tiger? As far as I know Olaf sold 2 offers of 10 track sets each; therefore I hope that some King Tigers are equipped with steel tracks and are in action till now.
kind regards
Gerhard
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1/6 Scale models: Jagdpanther (AT), Jagdtiger (BT), Königstiger (Porsche turret, NH), Königstiger (Production turret, BT), Pz. IV (SH)

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Re: Steel tracks on Armortek models?

Post by Gerhard Michel » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:22 pm

Hello all,

really no one here who wants to share his personal experiences in using steel track links for driving tank models? Now all Vincent's Panther steel track links are sold too, and I hope that one or another owner will use it for driving in rough terrain like me. In my neighbourhood only one guy uses Olafs track links (on an non-Armortek King Tiger), which has perhaps 50 driving hours till now without trouble or remarkable wear.

Here one of my very slightly worn sprockets after about 20 hours of use (on the left side). On the right side a new sprocket (under construction) with another form of teeths for testing purposes. You will find that all my teeth are longer than native ones to prevent some spinning of the sprockets, when much dirt is collected.

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At last I used Olafs shape of teeths which fits best to his steel track links, also on my models. This pointed tooth shape is also to be seen on rare fotos of native King Tigers, though this appearance may be a little exotic. But please remember the single piece Kgs 73/800/152 was not the mainstream too:

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This construction has proved to be successful even at higher speeds in rough terrain:

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kind regards
Gerhard
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1/6 Scale models: Jagdpanther (AT), Jagdtiger (BT), Königstiger (Porsche turret, NH), Königstiger (Production turret, BT), Pz. IV (SH)

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