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PostSubject: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:54 pm

Looks like "Annliese" will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

There has been enough stretch in the tracks that she cannot get through a battle without throwing a track, or tracks.

Due to the nature of the KT Tracks, you can't just pull one link, Like with an HL Panther.

Currently looking for something to fit over the winter (not wishing the season away)

Some candidates;

http://www.rctank.de/product_info.php?cPath=23_59&products_id=1536

http://www.welshdragonmodels.co.uk/tank-modellbau-track-tension-adjustors-for-heng-long-king-tiger-1581-p.asp

Its a shame not to be able to field the "Big Girl" Sad 



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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:11 pm

Your right, it's shame, so you need to get another one.

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:22 pm

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Your right, it's shame, so you need to get another one.

Well, there are rumours of a Taigen offering with the production turret.

It is not confirmed but the speculation is that it will be equipped like the Taigen Tiger I; torsion bars, quick removable upper hull and track tensioners.

That may be a future build, if not, maybe going to the other end of the spectrum, a Pz IV F2 Wink

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:23 pm

Glen,
The Henntech idler system is gorgeous. I got mine form ETO Armor http://www.etoarmour.com/product_detail.php?productID=HT025

I think they are your best bet, even with big heavy Tiger tracks they are solid. Replace the small M3 set screw with an M3 socket head bolt, and you'll never worry about stripping them out again.

I'd just check to see from which retailer you'll get the overall lowest price. Those are the top 3, and I think ONLY vendors, that carry them..

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:34 pm

Thanks, Strato

Always good to hear a 1st person report from an experienced modeler.  Very Happy 

Maybe I'll get the "Big Girl" a set for Christmas Wink , I have a number of other things on the go.


After all, if Captain Action ever puts the Indiana Jones figure out, what else would you run over him with? (Well, OK, maybe a big Ruski tank Laughing  )

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:41 pm

Strato, I believe the tension can be adjusted with the upper hull in place, is that correct?

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:36 am

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Strato, I believe the tension can be adjusted with the upper hull in place, is that correct?
Yes, at least on the Tiger I, but it's nearly the same for every set. Access is from behind with a hex driver.

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:33 am

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I'd recommend you wait a bit to buy the tensioners, especially if there is no dire need.. You never know what is coming down the pipe these days.
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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:10 am

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I'd recommend you wait a bit to buy the tensioners, especially if there is no dire need.. You never know what is coming down the pipe these days.
Thanks, Curtis

There's no rush here, my goal is for the next season.

I can be patient, besides, I have a Tiger I build going on, and a Panther G waiting Wink

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:32 am

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I'd recommend you wait a bit to buy the tensioners, especially if there is no dire need.. You never know what is coming down the pipe these days.
...is something coming down the pipe? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:23 am

yes actually there are 2 things, obviously the Henschel King Tiger is coming from Taigen and I have told them they need to make sure there is a track tensioner on it and they also need to stock spare parts.

Second is I am working on getting track tensioners made up.
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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:39 am

bounce bounce viking cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:50 am

In case anyone doesn't know, the KT has two types of link, a blank one and one that engages the sprocket.

This means you can't just remove one link to shorten things up a bit, like I do with my HL Panthers.

So, for me, a track tensioner on a KT is essential; the previous post is good news.


From what I have seen, there are at least two systems currently offered for the KT, one that you have to take the upper hull off to adjust, the other can be adjusted with the tank assembled, which is preferred.

"Anneliese" is out until the 2014 season, anyway, so I have some time and will wait for new developments, with keen interest, please keep us informed Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: HL King Tiger Needs Track Tensioners   Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:50 am

Freakydude wrote:
 obviously the Henschel King Tiger is coming from Taigen and I have told them they need to make sure there is a track tensioner on it and they also need to stock spare parts.

Second is I am working on getting track tensioners made up.
Some after thoughts on this one; I often think s l o w Embarassed Laughing 

Comment; I am thinking it would be nice if either it comes with tensioners, or the price is "attractive" enough to entice one to buy the tank, and add after-market tensioners.

Don't know if they will do it, but the option of a plastic track version would be my preference.

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