KV&JS Tank track
ModelKasten 1:35 Scale Set # SK-14
Review by Terry Ashley
The actual light weight split link track used on the KV-1S and SU-152 is about 650mm wide which is 18.5mm in 1:35 scale and the set tracks measure out at exactly 18.5mm (give or take a fraction). The links come two to a sprue and the only clean-up needed is the three sprue attachments on each link, there is also two shallow pin marks on the inside surface of each link which is mostly hidden by the running gear if you don't wish to remove these, being shallow they are fairly easy to remove but a little time consuming.
Each link has the pin holes for the corresponding pins with the link details cleanly done along with nice deep holes on the opposite side of the guide horn as per the actual track, the 'split' links are moulded in one piece with the split join depicted as an engraved line.
When fitting the pins ensure these are positioned correctly depending on the left and right side track runs, the large pin bolt is always to the outside of the track runs, you need also to be careful to alternate the links between those with and without the guide horns.
The assembled track runs are quite robust due to the sizable pin and articulate very freely as with metal track links making it easy to get the right amount of track sag on the kit running gear.
Assembled track sections.
The assembled track runs fit perfectly to the Trumpeter KV-1S and SU-152 drive sprockets as well as to theTamiya JS-2 kits used for testing but the fit to the DML JSU-152 kit sprockets is not as snug as with the other kits.
The resulting track runs are very robust due to the large pins with excellent detail and articulate freely to improve the detail over the kit tracks on whatever model they are used on.
See the comparison summation of the available track sets HERE.
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