login   |    register
Armor/AFV
For discussions on tanks, artillery, jeeps, etc.
Did Panther II and King Tiger use same tracks
oyoy23
Visit this Community
United States
Joined: July 11, 2009
KitMaker: 258 posts
Armorama: 58 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 12:47 PM UTC
Or did it use the normal Panther Ausf G tracks? Thanks
d111298pw
#456
Visit this Community
Delhi, India / भारत
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 646 posts
Armorama: 630 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 04:01 PM UTC
The Panther II did not use the Panther I or KT tracks. It was to use a dry pin 660/300 double link track. The design was similar to the KT tracks, but not as wide.
agtquimi
Visit this Community
Burgos, Spain / Espaņa
Joined: September 08, 2005
KitMaker: 115 posts
Armorama: 72 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 05:56 PM UTC
The Panther II used the Tiger II transport tracks, or at least they were similar
d111298pw
#456
Visit this Community
Delhi, India / भारत
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 646 posts
Armorama: 630 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:36 PM UTC
The KT transport tracks were Gg 26/660/300, and used with the 9 tooth drive sprocket. The Panther II used an 18 tooth drive sprocket. I'm guessing that with the dimensional difference between teeth spacing, on the drive sprockets, that the KT and Panther II tracks would not have been interchangeable.
GeraldOwens
Visit this Community
Florida, United States
Joined: March 30, 2006
KitMaker: 3,626 posts
Armorama: 3,587 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC

Quoted Text

The KT transport tracks were Gg 26/660/300, and used with the 9 tooth drive sprocket. The Panther II used an 18 tooth drive sprocket. I'm guessing that with the dimensional difference between teeth spacing, on the drive sprockets, that the KT and Panther II tracks would not have been interchangeable.



The original Tiger II drive sprocket had 18 teeth, and the transport tracks were designed to accommodate it. This was the version designed in late 1943, the same time that the Panther II was being designed. There was an intention to have as much parts commonality as possible between the two designs.

The original Tiger II battle tracks flexed too much, and the redesigned double link battle track required a nine-tooth sprocket, so half of the sprocket teeth were simply cut off with a torch.

A later, single-link battle track was designed and tested on a small batch of tanks issued to the 506th Battalion in September, 1944, and an 18 tooth sprocket was used on these. The new design was deemed a success, but the stock of double-link track had to be used up first, so the new track did not appear on production tanks until March, 1945, just before the factory shut down.