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    Post  iCocker on Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:18 pm

    This months Tamiya Model Magazine feature an article of the Tasca Firefly by Kristof P. many of us have admired last Euro. So apart it is a very good article and love how he manged some dusting much undercontrol with oil paint then pigments, I got confused with one issue. This Firefly feature those typical block tracks but with a shavron and three suds on the front, not mistaken more seen on British Shermans. Were these tracks all metal or rubber + metal. I had teh impression that all block type tracks for Shermans were rubber. My question arised as he weathered the blocks on the inside as if polished metal ...

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    Post  Guest on Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:22 pm

    check this link http://web.inter.nl.net/users/spoelstra/g104/track.htm and http://web.inter.nl.net/users/spoelstra/g104/index.htm
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    Post  iCocker on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:16 am

    Thanks Joseph

    You have answered my question, yes it is all steel ... but how complicated are these Shermans!

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    Post  Dottore on Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:07 pm

    Rubber block tracks have a much wider chevron Iv....

    Fireflies were only british...or Commonwealth, NZ, Canadian....not US

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:52 pm

    Fireflies were only british...or Commonwealth, NZ, Canadian....not US

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    How come? The US tank crews were afraid of the loud bang! Razz

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:22 am

    Dottore wrote:Rubber block tracks have a much wider chevron Iv....

    Fireflies were only british...or Commonwealth, NZ, Canadian....not US

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    Thaught they were still rubber blocks with metal chevrons incorporated ... but realised Shermans are not that complicated as Panzers rabbit

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    Post  Dottore on Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:49 am

    This simplicity won the war for the allies hux.....

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    Post  Guest on Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:27 pm

    iCocker wrote:
    Dottore wrote:Rubber block tracks have a much wider chevron Iv....

    Fireflies were only british...or Commonwealth, NZ, Canadian....not US

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    Thaught they were still rubber blocks with metal chevrons incorporated ... but realised Shermans are not that complicated as Panzers rabbit

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    German tank tracked system became overly complicated which ultimately i think it was a draw back. As for the shermans being simple, it was a mass produced tanks, factories continued production unhindered 1000s of miles away from the war zone, the only problems being the atlantic crossing. More than simplicity was the sheer number produced.


    As for simple tracked system i think it should go to the t34 with the whole christie(hopr i got this right] system, which was after all american designed but not used in their tanks.

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