Tracks for Panzer IV
|Kit #: MV049||
Edited by Rob Haelterman
Good tracks can enhance a good display model, bad tracks can turn a great model into a mediocre one. For me this has been the major problems with the old ESCI (now Italeri) Pz III and Pz IV models and the Hasegawa Pz IV models kits. These are basically good smallscale model kits with unrealistic, simplistic track. The old ESCI kits had stiff polyethylene plastic that resists glue, later supplanted by styrene link & length tracks lacking good guide horns (track teeth) and inside link detail. The Hasegawa Pz IV tracks appear to originate from Hasegawa’s old Munitionspanzer kit from the 1970s and is particularly poor in detail.
Masters Kits) has taken a different approach to aftermarket 1/72-scale
tracks in molding them from a soft plastic, very similar to that found
in Hasegawa, Mirage, Dragon smallscale kits and other manufacturers.
There are two lengths of track, 18 cm long each for a total of 36 cm of track. That will be enough for a Pz IV tank with about a centimeter or two extra to cut off and have available for spare tracks mounted on the bow of the tank. There is enough for a Pz III and StuG III with even more spare track.
I have used this track several times with Hasegawa Pz IV models and they look good. I had to shorten them by a cm and hid the ends under a roadwheel. Cyanoacrylate (Super) glue worked satisfactory and paint adhered well.
Being a soft plastic and a little stretchy the track is forgiving when wrapping it around the sprocket; it will stretch and fit in with the sprocket teeth.
On the outer face we can see some ice cleat, thread detail. On the inner face we see accurate link detail.
This track accessory was purchased by the modeler.