SWhat Airfix Tank Kit is Best for Beginners?

Ossian

105 posts

 The Cromwell (and the KT) have solid plastic tracks that slip over the road-wheels.

Roughly you install the inboard set of wheels, slip on the tracks, then add the outboard wheels (for the Cromwell - I'm not sure how the Tiger does it)

The result is nicely moulded tracks without the bother of individual links or short runs

Paws4thot

1212 posts

@Ossian

 The Cromwell (and the KT) have solid plastic tracks that slip over the road-wheels.

Roughly you install the inboard set of wheels, slip on the tracks, then add the outboard wheels (for the Cromwell - I'm not sure how the Tiger does it)

The result is nicely moulded tracks without the bother of individual links or short runs

That's clear on assembly, thanks. KT?

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

KT = King Tiger

Paul Brown

771 posts


Community Moderator

@Paws4thot

What are the Cromwell's tracks like then?

 

Moulded hard plastic in a continuous loop.

Paul Brown

771 posts


Community Moderator

@Ossian

 The Cromwell (and the KT) have solid plastic tracks that slip over the road-wheels.

 

The KT has vinyl tracks. I wouldn’t call them rubber bands, because they are moulded in a relatively hard vinyl.

jopres57

107 posts

It may be worth mentioning the tank kits that a beginner may do well to avoid, I would suggest the original Tiger and Panther. The road wheel assemblies on both these kits are a bit confusing, and the Panthers individual suspension arms definitely do not help. I can remember many years ago my cousin, who was about ten at the time, slinging a part completed Tiger across the room because he couldn't make sense of the wheels. I had a lot of difficulties myself at the same age. Ironically, I did suggest a year or two ago that Airfix re-release some older kits for beginners to try because the new stuff can be quite complicated. The Panther and Tiger are good kits, I've made a couple of each over the years, but are probably best left to modellers with a bit of experience.

Dad Paul B

387 posts

The Panther is an OK build while the Tiger I requires 3 butt joins for the hull which can lead to alignment issues. The Churchill and Matilda have very fiddly running gear. Sherman is OK but seems rather small. Of the 60s/70s kits the Panzer IV is probably the best but the tracks on all of them can be a pain as the tooling is getting old and the pegs and holes to close the loops don't always fit together all that well so they can be fragile.

The new Cromwell is lovely but you need to beware of the overlarge gates which means a lot of delicate knife work is needed on the Sprocket and Idler wheel. The new Jeep is a delight (but tiny).

Paul - Classic Jet Fan

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