T-34 and SU Family Model 1942 Waffle Track
Reviewed by Cookie
|162 parts in off-white resin
||Aus$35 (between USD$20-$25)
||Totally amazing system of assembly
||New manufacturer which means that finding a supplier
will be hard for a while
||For any T-34 buff who doesn't want to pay high
prices, mess with pins, file and fit or heat and fit tracks!
A recent special on the
history of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" used the now well known bits of John
Cleese turning around and saying, "And now for something completely different!"
This is one of those cases, and this is one of the most unique new products that I have
seen in some time.
For those of us who build T-34 tanks and their variants, tracks have always been a bit of
a problem or a bit of a pain. First there were the Tamiya (or Revell even!) vinyl tracks
which unconvincingly wrapped around the wheels and looked awful. They were then followed
by replacements in resin or plastic: the resin ones needed heating and shaping to fit, and
in some cases were little different from the vinyl ones in appearance; the plastic ones
took hours of filing and fitting to get them right, and nine times out of ten you came up
one link short (or long) which, with a two-link set, meant problems. Then the next effort
was the Fruili white metal ones, which were initially fitted by crimping, and now must
have pins cut to fit and installed.
All are tedious, and in the case of the plastic and white metal ones, generally expensive
(most modelers balk at putting a $35 set of tracks on a $28 model). Now, from Australia,
comes a totally new product line from Anvil Miniatures. These are called
"Click-Link" tracks, and are made from a very tough, semi-flexible resin which
does exactly what the manufactures claim. Assembly only requires snapping an "A"
link into a "B" link (the toothed one into the flat plate one) and continuing
until a run is complete. There are 80 of each included, which is more than enough to do an
Also included are two cammed idler adjuster
axles, which are for use with the Tamiya kits as they do not include them. This permits at
least getting the correct look to the Tamiya kits, which some modelers still prefer to the
better DML, Zvezda, and RPM/Maquette efforts.
The links are as easy to use as it is to read
about them. Empty the bag, take an A and snap it to a B, and continue until you have a run
which wraps around the running gear on one side of the tank (even numbers only, so make
sure you have an A facing a B at the end!) DO NOT snap them together until you have
painted them and the tank, but once done, installation only takes a few seconds.
The links are as tough and easy to assemble as described. While others have tried this
system in the past (Tamiya's 1/25 scale tanks, LO Models! 1/35 T-142 tracks) this is the
first time that a set does that AND retains scale
appearance and detail. The links even bear casting numbers and have the correct
"hollow tooth" on the A link.
More sets for other tanks will follow, but if the quality remains this good and the
product this simple to use, Anvil should have a hard time filling orders. Truly a welcome
For prospective distributors, the address is:
PO Box 538,
Mayfield, NSW 2304
Phone/FAX (61) 02 4968 9455
Thanks to Brett Green for the review sample.
Editor's Note - Inquiries by email may be
directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will forward them to Anvil.
Review by Cookie Sewell, March
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