Great War 2024

Nice choice. I have this kit in my stash, so I will follow your build with interest. I build the tracks on the Takom WWI Schneider tank. The tracks were very time consuming but in the end looked great.

Looking forward to hear your judgement on these tracks in your kit.

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I was worried because the instructions show track assembly in a dark gray shade which hides the details. Only the first plate is tricky. You can glue all the left (long pin) connectors onto the plates. You don’t glue the first right connector in place (or you could just use Micro Liquitape) but it has to be there to thread the long pin of the next track plate through. Then you glue the right connnector into place on the second track plate. This serves to hold the long pin in place. At this point, you can thread the long pin of the third track through the holes and glue its right connector in place until the last (36). At this point, you can thread the long pin of the first through the holes in the last and finally glue the right connector into place.

Takom should have made the track assembly diagram 2 or 3 times larger.

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I did the first 3 links. I had some trouble getting the right connectors in place. They actually aren’t glued in place yet.
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Glued the driver’s cupola together.
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Another cupola glued. More parts removed, including rollers. Added one of the roof flanges. Unfortunately, it’s in the wrong slot. Oh well. To clean them up, I suggest cleaning up the bottoms, gluing them into their slots, then cleaning up the tops as they are quite “bendy” when unsupported and liable to breakage.

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Glued the gun barrel together.

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Added some ribs to the top and cleaned up the gun barrel. Also did gate cleanup on the front plate. The gates are quite prominent on the front and close to rivets.
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Later I added the final 2 ribs. You’ll notice the tops of the ribs need cleanup. Once they are glued into their slot, they will be able to take sanding much better,

I also glued the front door together (inner and outer sides) and will add it later today.

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Side door and ventilation hatches added.

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I’m feeling good about being able to finish my Schwimmwagen for one campaign, that I decided to give some attention to the St. Chamond. Glued the rear roller supports to the bottom plate.
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Added what appears to be axles, but actually are a secondary attachment to the drive sprocket hub. There is quite an amount of play and I assume they should stick straight out, something which my wonky vision can’t really get right.

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I also started on another assembly for the suspension (I assume). This is so not like any other tank I’ve made!

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Did the other side as well. Might join them to the bottom plate.

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Well, I got halfway there but found one side was blocked by the shaft in the rear. You can see it on the far side in the previous image. I took a razor saw to it and cut away enough to move it to the correct standing and glued it in place. I then glued the other suspension mounting just to make sure it fit.
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Basically this was step 21 in the instructions, adding rails D15, D16, and plate E35. Later I noticed a small gap between the bottom plate and the rails I just added. “I wonder if this is going to bite me later?”. I didn’t have to wait long, just the next step when I tried to add part A10. At first, I wondered where to put these. If you look at the lower rails (D13 and 14), they have little holes that a peg on A10 goes into. Then I tried to fit A10 on and that’s where the gaps got me. The top of A10 is supposed to go over the bottom plate. I tried to flood the joint with glue and bend it to my will but failed. My next step is to open the gap in A10 to fit.
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