by: Nathan Ram [ ]
Tracks, for me, are THE aftermarket kit for models. Personally, I think that a good set of tracks adds a lot of realism to a model, and are the first thing I look for when I search for AM enhancements for a kit. Friul offer a quality product, but I chose to opt for the Spade-Ace offering out of curiosity. I appreciate any company that offer us modellers more choices in that field, so I decided to give them a chance. On the face of it, it looked like a good product.
When you get the kit, you donít notice any difference from the Friul kits. You get a bag filled with individual, white metal tracks along with a metal wire to connect them with. Upon examination I found the details to be quite good and crisp, and I was pleased with the purchase I made.
When I got home, however, and examined them further, I was really disappointed. No 2 tracks would fit straight together - and I have tried several, altering and changing between pairs. I could get the tracks to align for the first 2 holes, but that was it. The others would be diagonal to one another and would not coincide. This was because the cast wasn't perfect, and would require a lot of cleaning and dry fitting.
The worst thing is, this kit was $12 more expansive than the proven Friul offering! I have used several Friul tracks on my models in the past, and fitting was never an issue. Sure, I had to drill the holes to make the wire go in smoothly, but that was it. Charging more for an inferior product was like adding insult to injury.
In conclusion, from now on I will stick to the good old Friuls, until Spade-Ace can up their game.