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WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by hatakashi » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:52 pm

Were the tracks simply painted in BLACK? Or first with red primer then BLACK? Or just red primer? Or with nothing? 8-)

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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by jagdpanther » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:57 am

I would doubt that the track links were ever painted . They were made in cast steel .
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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by hatakashi » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:02 pm

But then ... those which had been mounted on turret sides...the germans must had painted something on those...a shining turret wasn't exact a good camouflage.
If they did paint those tracks...what colour would it be?

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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by jagdpanther » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:29 pm

Cast steel isnt shiny , its a dull grey colour , but i take your point about spare links mounted on the turret. maybe they were painted the same colour as the camo to blend in .
I am sure someone will be able to tell us . Eh Rivet ?
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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by BigPanzer » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:57 am

I'm only guessing, but I would think that by the time the tanks had been transported to the unit they were to serve in the track links would have a thin coating of rust on them. This would have probably then be daubed over with the colours added to make the local camo scheme. The same might apply to to tow ropes and factory supplied tool sets.

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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by rivetcounter » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:36 pm

To be honest I don’t know the answer fully paint was in short supply but tracks after casting if not painted would go a rusty colour but with an amount of handling would be dark brown almost black and if not painted at the factory I would imagine covering them with oil or wax but that is pure speculation once on the tank then if the tank required painting you can bet the crew wouldn’t remove them so then they would have a matching camo pattern look at SS 101Tiger pictures from Normandy and 503 also from Normandy you will see what I mean
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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by hatakashi » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:51 am

Thanks to all, I shall paint my turret tracks accordingly...with a bit of "artistic" touches ;)

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Re: WWII German Tank Tracks

Post by Chieftain 900 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:23 am

To put a modern perspective on this, the tracks are cast then covered in a black light preservative, if used they soon shine up then rust, if hangin as spare links they again soon loose the preservative and rust happily. Nver really painted them, what's the point? although if left fitted the spray gun may have given them a dusting.
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