Each link has very crisp rib details on the outer face including the ice cleats
applicable to the later track with good definition on the end connectors and
includes the opening in the guide teeth, note these later tracks are not handed
like the earlier tracks.
There is unfortunately a lot of cleanup required with all the lightening holes in the links having fairly heavy resin film to be cleaned out and the guide teeth holes also having thin resin film plus a casting scar along the edge of each link and this took a few minutes per link with a sharp X-Acto #11 but the end result are very nicely detailed links.
Each link has the usual two pins that clip into corresponding holes in the next link to form the track runs and as they are quite big on the Tiger tracks they clip together easily by simply slipping one link over a pin and using moderate thumb pressure clip the other link in place to make assembly very quick and easy to compensate for the amount of cleanup time required.
The assembled track runs are very robust and articulate well and will form very natural track sag and look very good with the fit around all the kit sprockets being very good except for the Italeri sprockets where they didn't fit that well. Unfortunately I don't have the Academy sprockets on hand to test but these match the Tamiya sprockets closely so the fit should be similar.
This is very well cast and detailed set of Tiger I mid/late tracks but there is considerable cleanup required which is offset by the simply assembly and the robust track runs that fit well to most kits available for an improvement over vinyl or glue together kit tracks.
See the Tiger Subjects listings for reviews of additional sets available for the Tiger.
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