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Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
How to paint tank treads?
SuperSandaas
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2015 - 02:08 AM GMT+7
My approach is somewhat different. I mostly build armour in scale 1:76, 1:72 or 1:48

I paint the tracks a flat dark bluish gray. (Similar to dull steel, but with no metallic pigments.) I give this a black wash to bring out details and then while the wash is still wet a sprinkle of reddish and earthen chalk-pigments. Once the wash is dry i give the trachs hard brushing. Lastly I finish it of with a light drybrushing with a mix of steel and gunmetal metallics.

If the track has rubber parts, the last session is done with black cut with a grey colour in stead.

If you don't have readily access to armour, heavy tracked engineering equipment are a good substitute to study. (Just looking at pictures isn't quite the same.)

I include two pictures.
The fist is a Köningstiger in scale 1:76

Second a KV-1 in 1:48 scale
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 01:12 PM GMT+7
Well, the tracks were washed, scrubbed, and dried for the summer. Used Tamiya lacquer thinner with the Tamiya paint, cured for a week, and then some Gunze rubber/tire black on the track pads, and when I attempted to fit the damn things, flake city. Then when I tried to glue them using superglue, guess what did not stick!! Since this is simply a shelf sitter I am almost finished with the damn things and have a NATO one in the stash to gnash my teeth over, What are these made from? I get really frustrated with the plastic individual AM tracks though I seem to have a bunch of them too
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Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 06:31 AM GMT+7
Jim,

If these are single piece "rubber band" track then they are generally made of a vinyl elastomeric plastic. And no glue or paint on the planet will actually stick to it. The underlying flex of the material means that when stretched or twisted, the paint is very likely to flake off.

The Dragon glue-able track is a variant of polystyrene and lacquer based paints will stick much better; but traditional track? No.

Cleaning and doing what you did gets the best results, but nothing gets perfect results, the material simply doesn't permit it.

Rigid indie or length and link track will hold paint best simply because the track links are rigid and don't flex under the paint.

Paul
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Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 07:32 AM GMT+7

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My approach is somewhat different. I mostly build armour in scale 1:76, 1:72 or 1:48

I paint the tracks a flat dark bluish gray. (Similar to dull steel, but with no metallic pigments.) I give this a black wash to bring out details and then while the wash is still wet a sprinkle of reddish and earthen chalk-pigments. Once the wash is dry i give the trachs hard brushing. Lastly I finish it of with a light drybrushing with a mix of steel and gunmetal metallics.

If the track has rubber parts, the last session is done with black cut with a grey colour in stead.

If you don't have readily access to armour, heavy tracked engineering equipment are a good substitute to study. (Just looking at pictures isn't quite the same.)

I include two pictures.
The fist is a Köningstiger in scale 1:76

Second a KV-1 in 1:48 scale

You had no trouble at all with the paint chipping off when handling the track for installation? what type of paint do you use? I am as frustrated as many in regards too rubber band tracks. I am considering using individual tracks however they are a pain to assemble. I have two models with painted rubber tracks, they look acceptable however it was impossible to prevent some chipping even with the most careful handling. Thanks.
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Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 08:18 AM GMT+7
David, (plastic) indy tracks are not that hard once you get used to them.

Use a slow curing glue (I like Revell Contacta), glue all links for a track run, wait five minutes or so and put it in place.

You may need to play a bit with the time, the trick is it has to be dry enough to stay together but still flexible to take the shape you need.

Give it a try!
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Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2016 - 10:48 AM GMT+7
Good information, I guess part of my problem is I am not familiar with proper technique. Thanks so much.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 07:04 AM GMT+7
Question: how do you manage to keep the paint on the rubber part of the tracks when you paint them? o you mask, or paint by hand?
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 08:02 PM GMT+7

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Question: how do you manage to keep the paint on the rubber part of the tracks when you paint them? o you mask, or paint by hand?



I ,too, would like to know this.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:19 PM GMT+7

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Question: how do you manage to keep the paint on the rubber part of the tracks when you paint them? o you mask, or paint by hand?



I ,too, would like to know this.


I do it by hand but then I am old fashioned and not very bright. I used to do metal track by airbrush, but since I don't airbrush at all anymore,I am sort of stuck with the paint brush.

I used to do vinyl track with Floquil Railway Lacquer and they did not chip. But some vinyl reacted badly like the Tamiya glueable and I know DS track would melt. Another good way is to use grey or black auto primer and enamel paints. Then Testors Dullcote. Since I also do soft plastic figures it's not impossible.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:39 PM GMT+7
For all metal tracks,I now use Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron,AK-Track Wash,and some Mig pigments Track Brown,also whatever pigments I may br using on the lower hull and running gear.
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 03:39 AM GMT+7
Ironically the kit tracks for the M41 look better in proportion than the aftermarket version! The latter had too thick track pads.

So hand painting for the rubber areas?
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 06:08 AM GMT+7
Thanks guys, I usually do wingy things, but I do have a couple of tanks in the stash that I'd like to get built.

Now if I can just figure out how to book mark this thread...
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Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 09:51 AM GMT+7
At the top, follow it.

Cheers Rob.