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Sorry to bother anyone about a topic thats been already discussed but I need help. I did a google search and came up empty looking for an article on Modelkasten construction. I remember seeing it with nice pics and directions but can't seem to find it. If anyone knows what I'm talking about I'd appreciate a little help. Thanks in advance.
I drill out all of the links 1st. Then, I make a template out of a toothpick for the proper pin length. Make them a little long for ease of handling. I then find a comfortable spot on the couch and proceed to cut all of the pins.
Next, get a soda can and cut the bottom from it. This works well for a cyano resevoir. I then insert the pin all the way to make sure it fits. Pull the pin out approx. 1/3 and place small drop of glue on pin with toothpick. iInsert pin and move on. After all the pins are dried cut to length.
Kepp your drill handy as you may need to drill out the tracks again with both of them together to clean up the alignment of the pin holes. I can assemble a completed set in two night with this method. It is the best I have found.
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Have fun and I hope this helps.
P.S. The cut pins are sharp so keep a small piece of wood handy to help push stubborn pins into the tracks-
With the Model Kasten I cut all loose from the sprue and clean up with needle files/sand paper. I then mix Testors glue in the black funny looking bottle (the thick stuff) with liquid glue (Testors again). This is the only thing I use Tsestors glue for. This concoction stays soft for several hours allowing the tracks to be manipulated.
Take a small resevoir and fill with glue. Dip the track link ( the male end) into the glue. Set into the female end. Keep going. I make each side in 2 pieces-top and bottom. I then assemble on the tank without gluing them together. I use copiuos ammount of masking tape to get proper placement and sag.
Allow to dry and paint after removing tape. This allows the tracks to be weathered seperately from the vehicle. A plus for PZ 3 and 4 so you dont mess up the fantastic job you did on those tiny road wheels.
I then assemble on the vehicle. Make the tracks with 1 extra link as they may shrink slightly while drying.
The type of MK track I have are the SK-workable with the little end connectors to glue into place. I remember the article had all these links lined up and these pins glued into place with the sprue still on the connectors. Then when dried the connectors were clipped off. That make sense? Thanks for the info...I kinda figured that the first one was the Fruil tracks.
I found the article here at ML. Look back to Feb. 10 of this year in the Tricks and Tips DL and its under James Duncan. Really good. Or do the google "Building Modelkasten Tracks" search. Hope it helps.