Suffice it to say the T-80 series tank is my favourite. So when the metal tracks from Friul model came out, I had to get them to see how they looked and would work (and to see how they would fit the new X-act Scale T-80U kit).
The real T-80 tracks are RMSh/РМШ - Резинометаллический шарнир - Rubber metallic hinge/joint. These are LIVE link pins, meaning there should be little to no track sag on a unbroken run of tracks. (And while the real T-80 tracks have 2 pins per end connector that BOTH pivot, the Friul model tracks only pivot on a single hinge point (the wire), which is NOT technically correct. Only the most hard core AMS afflicted will notice this issue, so about 10 of us World Wide will be unhappy).
In the box is a roll of soft metal yellow wire (not brass, not copper, not quite sure what it is), 2 larger bags with individual metal links and parts for one metal sprocket per bag, and a smaller bag with a smaller number of metal tracks. All told there are 180 metal track links and 2 metal sprockets.
First a BIG issue for me. While the tracks need the usual clean up and wire, they are NOT intended to have one long piece of wire through the pivot. They only have holes for the ends, but not through the middle connector, meaning...1 small (roughly 1/8") peace of "hinge wire" per track link, per side. Not cool. Seriously, this was a disappointment. Drilling through the middle connector is a lesson in frustration and very difficult to do.
The tracks and sprockets scale out very close to drawings I have. No dimensional issues that I can detect. Detail is sharp and crisp, as expected from Friul model.
The sprockets were designed for the older DML and SKIF kits. The sprockets will NOT work on the X-act Scale T-80U without modification.
The tracks DO fit the X-act scale sprocket.
Highs: Detailed Metal tracks to replace some POOR tracks in older kits.Lows: 2 small pins needed PER TRACK.Verdict: Fruilmodel disappoints with the build of the tracks even with the nice detail. Recommended with reservations.
About Jacques Duquette (Jacques) FROM: MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES
The first model I remember building was a glow-in-the-dark P-38, running around my bedroom in the dark flying it, and stubbing my toes. I do a lot less running around with glowing models now. I mainly focus on 1/35 armor and figures, with Modern Russian military vehicles being my favorite. I a...