Next return rollers & idlers.
Used spares from an Imperial DML Pz IV F2 kit for both. The It return rollers would have worked but looked a little thin to me. I was pleasantly surprised the DML/Gunzy/Imperial idler fit perfectly with the Tamiya rear end idler arms. No shimming or tweaking.
Tracks went on as well.
The original slow setting Testor’s Liquid Cement is still my pet favorite for individual link tracks.
Went “artistic” with track sag so it would “look more interesting”. A mistake on my part should have favored “more realistic” and less sag by about two or three links. Ended up with 105 links per run when I went back and counted. In my honest opinion 103 is the absolute max and always been personal rule of thumb.
Now the really boring stuff like tidying up the ~95 track links with sink marks/short shots in the sides of the track guide teeth. Hopefully easier with the tracks assembled vs doing that link by link.
The PANZER DENTIST NOW OPEN
The right side (radio operator side) got 60 of the defective links by intention as the cavity side of the guide tooth is against the hull and less visible. The defective ones were filled with thinned (the old Testor’s slow Liquid Cement again) Molak Stucco putty.
The Italian manufactured Molak Stucco used to be imported by Verlinden back in the day. It’s my pet favorite putty as it will thin out like paint. It does shrink etc. Molak disappeared here in the states, but its available direct from Italy. Stock piled 10 tubes
Tamiya basic is very close (90 percent) to Stucco but just not quite a good in my opinion & experience. I like and use Tamiya basic. Yes I’m aware of super glue (good stuff) as filler plus milliput (good stuff) & others etc.
Above is the drivers side track with 35 cavities to fill. This faces out to the view and will get Stucco’d too.
Edit - the Panzer Dentist just about had a malpractice issue. Clumsy me knocked over that damned TALL narrow bottle of Testor’s Liquid Cement. Got the model and tracks snatched away without harm.
Time to put that in the Tamiya style bottle to avoid another accident.