T-34 (model 1941) 550mm wide tracks

Kit # 7232

Preview by sbrez(at)suscom-maine.net
Edited by Rob Haelterman

This etched brass fret is Ace's early war 550-mm wide tracks for the 1/72 scale UM and Dragon T-34 Model 1940 and model 1941 T-34-76 models. These tracks are particularly good for UM's T-34 model 1940 which comes with a 1942-43 track pattern. If you look closely you will see that these ACE tracks have little tread pattern which is characteristic of the early T-34s. I understand that the lack of good grip on hard surfaces like ice necessitated a tread pattern of ridges to be cast in T-34 tracks in 1942. I think it would be unusual to see these tracks on a mid and late war T-34, particularly a T-34-85.

The instructions are clear and folding the tracks over with the raised track teeth should not be difficult. Detail looks good. There appears to be enough track for one 1/72-scale model. ACE's copper-colored brass sheet appears heavier and thicker than the brass sheet used by Eduard and by PART; it appears similar to metals used by UM in their kits.

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Article Last Updated: 17 January 2010