Tim: I remember these old Esci kits. I built a lot of them as a boy. Great immprovement of those wheel. Really hard work to do this with all wheels of the tank. Keep up Your good job!
Thanks Oliver. Your Skyhawk is GORGEOUS, by the way!
Tim Nice save with the wheels. It shows even back then not every ESCI kit was perfect. I recall their Brumbar Sturmpanzer was poor.
Jacob, you are right – those ESCI kits were good but definitely not perfect. I actually rather liked the Brumbär – but then again it has been since the 1980s since I’ve built one of these kits! Speaking of not perfect, I don’t see the flaws you mentioned on your F-100 – it looks just right to me so far.
Now that I’ve figured out what to do about the road wheels & return rollers, I thought I’d decide how to make some improvements to the tracks too. The molded parts in the kit aren’t bad, but the inner sides have unrealistic gaps between links and are completely lacking in detail. My first thought was to simply replace them with better detailed tracks from a spare Hasegawa 1/72 M1 Abrams kit, which has very similar sections and guide horns...
...but unfortunately, the pads on the outer surfaces are of a different design.
I experimented with various fixes, such as sanding away the Abrams pads and then shaving off the individual M48-style chevron pads and attaching them one by one – but that approach have been unreasonably burdensome for a whole vehicle! I finally opted to sand the outer surfaces of the Hasegawa Abrams tracks down until the remaining inner faces were almost paper thin, and then attaching them to the flat ESCI parts.
All that fitting will be a bit of work, but the upgraded parts should look a whole lot more like proper Patton T97E2 tracks!