by: Kevin Brant [ ]
The T24 tank was a light tank delivered to the US Army during the late part of World War 2. One type of track used was a rubber chevron type track, known as T85E1. AFV Club has now released this type of workable track for the M24 in 1/35 scale.
6 Black sprues, track pads
6 Brown sprues, link connections
(25 links per sprue - 150 links total)
Inside the box, two plastic bags contain the sprues, separately for the link connections and pads. The pads are molded in a black plastic in two parts per link, top and bottom. The link connections consist of the rods and end connectors molded in a brown color.
The molding of the pads looks to be done very well and to show wear on the chevron. Sprue gates for the track pads include a single point, which will minimize clean-up of the pads.
The molding of the connection links is not as clean, there is some visible flash and two sprue connections are either end. While the sprue connections are small, care will need to be taken when removing from the sprue, I would suggest a set of fine snippers.
I did assemble a short section of the track, and found the fit rather good. The track does assemble well, with just a couple of small drops of Tamiya cement in the centers of the pad parts prior to sandwiching them together with the connectors. The instructions are on the rear of the box, and are easy to follow.
After assembly, the track is workable, and a test fit on the AFV Club M24 Chaffee drive sprocket showed great fit. The tracks could be left unpainted as the brown almost resembles a rust color and the black the rubber, but I would suggest paint and weathering for a more realistic look.
These T85E1 tracks from AFV Club for the M24 Light Tank do look good, and should be a definite replacement for the kit poly rubber tracks. The moldings look good despite some flash showing on the connector parts. The track will take some time to clean and assemble, but will definitely be worth the final look. I would highly recommend them.