In-Box Review
Tracks for Type 95 Light Tank
Working Tracks for Fine Molds' IJA Type 95 Light Tank Kits
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by: Gary Kato [ GARYKATO ]

Modelkasten, despite it's Germanic sounding name, is a Japanese company that is famous for it's styrene working tank tracks. This kit is a substitute for the rather marginal rubbery tracks that come with Fine Molds' 1/35 Type 95 Light Tank kits.
Kit Contents
The kit comes with 1 instruction sheet, one large bag of 100 trees with 2 pins and 1 tooth each, one medium bag of 200 track link trees (one link per tree), one small bag with 4 trees with a half a drive sprocket and a spacer ring each, and 2 assembly jigs. As you can tell from the scans, the Modelkasten tracks put the Fine Molds tracks to shame. Since the Type 95 tracks seem to be symmetrical, assembly is made easier with no worry of having to use different parts for the left and right tracks.
1. Remove all the links from their trees and clean them up.

2. Remove the pins from their trees but leave enough of the tree on to use as a handle.

3. Remove the teeth from their trees and clean them up.

4.You place the links into the jig (be careful you have the inner side with the slot in the middle facing up) then glue a pin into each side to link each pair of links. Use as little glue as possible here. Too little is better than too much. You might want to exercise the links as the glue sets in case some glue seeps out and gets between links. Each jig can hold 9 links. Modelkasten gives you 2 jigs so you can work on the left and right tracks at the same time.

5. After the glue has set, you can remove the "handle" from the pins.

6. Add the teeth to the center of each link.

Once the first 9 are dry, you can move the completed links to one end of the jig and add 8 more. Do this for 97 links on each track and hopefully, the result will be a long length of working track.

In order to fit the new tracks, sometimes the original kit's drive sprocket needs to be replaced. This is the case for the Type 95 Light Tank so Modelkasten provides you with the parts for two replacement drive sprockets.
This set is definitely the crowning touch for Fine Molds' Type 95 Light Tank, also Reviewed Here, assuming you are willing to put together a total of 194 links.

Tankpower #9: "Japanese Armor, Vol.1", by Andrzei Tomcyk, AJ Press ISBN 83-7237-097-4

Highs: Much better detail than Fine Molds' tracks, including the hole in the teeth.
Lows: Part cleanup and assembly is tedious.
Verdict: This really is a great addition to the Fine Molds' kit.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: SK-50
  Suggested Retail: $29.95 USD
  PUBLISHED: Oct 04, 2008
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本

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Hi Gary, Great review. I'm saving up for these so when I get around to building my T95, it should look much better. What does workable actually mean, does it mean you can push the tank along and he tracks will move? Chas
OCT 04, 2008 - 05:52 PM
Yes, if done right the track acts like a real one. These tracks are quite small so be extra careful when gluing the pins in. Not enough glue is better than too much to keep them working. I will be getting another set as I have two Type 95 kits (one normal, one Manchurian suspension).
OCT 04, 2008 - 08:44 PM
These tracks are also the ones used on Pit Roads' IJA TYPE 98 4t PRIME MOVER SHI-KE in 1/35 scale. Photo of the Prime Mover in inside my album...
APR 15, 2013 - 05:15 AM

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