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Italeri LVT (A)-2
wbill76
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 03:28 PM UTC
DJ Judge reviews the 1/35 Italeri LVT (A)2.

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Jacques
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 06:40 PM UTC
BIG HINT on using the Italeri tracks: First, melt them together as per the instructions. Then, reinforce the joint by using two staples per joint. Really. Also, it is fairly easy to hide the track joint. And by using this method, and taking some care, you don't even have to reinforce the sprocket axel. I have built several LVT-4 with this method, no problems yet!
210cav
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:34 AM UTC

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BIG HINT on using the Italeri tracks: First, melt them together as per the instructions. Then, reinforce the joint by using two staples per joint. Really. Also, it is fairly easy to hide the track joint. And by using this method, and taking some care, you don't even have to reinforce the sprocket axel. I have built several LVT-4 with this method, no problems yet!



Good tip and one I shall refer to as I build this kit.
thanks
DJ
210cav
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 01:58 AM UTC
Jacques-- could you share some pictures of your LVT work with us?
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DJ
Jacques
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 05:09 AM UTC
DJ, here is all I found. All my builds were for commisions, and quite a while ago, so I did not take pictures as religiously as I do now.





Standard Italeri LVT-4, headlights are not lowered, and I added Verlinden MG's instead of the horrible Italeri offerings.
210cav
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 05:30 AM UTC
Jacques-- Dang, buddy! That is nice work. I really like the worn look. Down loaded the shots and will apply to one my humble efforts.
thanks again
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Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 07:37 PM UTC
Why Italeri has after all these years of complaints about their tracks continue to use the same materials for it has remained a mystery to me. Do they have a century worth of these materials that they refuse to improve on the tracks of the models?
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 12:25 AM UTC

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Why Italeri has after all these years of complaints about their tracks continue to use the same materials for it has remained a mystery to me. Do they have a century worth of these materials that they refuse to improve on the tracks of the models?



Good point! I don't think they are going to improve it. The only alternative I have seen is that of Hard Core Models. But, they wanted some exhorbitant amount of money for the track.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 01:33 AM UTC
There is another track available: http://www.greatmodels.com/~smartcart/cgi/display.cgi?item_num=ATT23. Cost is on par with most aftermarket tracks, but I do not know the difficulty level in dealing with these types of tracks.
210cav
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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 02:42 AM UTC

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There is another track available: http://www.greatmodels.com/~smartcart/cgi/display.cgi?item_num=ATT23. Cost is on par with most aftermarket tracks, but I do not know the difficulty level in dealing with these types of tracks.



Rob-- now that is a reasonable price to pay for the track. I just ordered it. Plan on doing a blog once I complete the Sherman Mark III by DML which, to say the least, is a complex assembly to complete...
DJ