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Old 09-22-2011, 07:29 PM
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Photo-Review Spade Ace E-100 tracks

With sharkmouths latest little photoreviews of the trumpeter E-100 tank and awesome new "super jagdpanzer" (as i like to call it) i wanted to contribute a bit myself

I currently have the jagdpanzer E-100 in the Que and plan on making the suspension workable. The spade ace metal tracks have JUST become available and I ordered them up as soon as I could.


tracks came from china, no inner box at all. opened the box and out popped three zip-lock bags of tracks and some wire, so no fancy art work to look at and NO instructions (BOOO right there, but this shouldn't be too tough)


the tracks are not handed, but they do come in three components per track.
Each component in its own bag.


here is an "exploded view" of the tracks ready for assembly.
there is the main track pad, a center piece and end "tabs"


Here is a run assembled, I am getting conflicting reference on what way the tiny tabs go, this looks right to me, if not prove me wrong please




they fit the trumpeter sprockets great:



Assembly was very straight forward. I did not use the length of wire they provided, instead using straight brass wire cut the correct length. Unlike Friuls these do not have a "closed" end and an "open end" for the wire, so the wire will need to be trimmed on both sides. I cut my wire exactly to length (a bit short to keep it from poking out the ends) I did not need to drill out the tracks pieces at all.

The quality of casting on these tracks is excellent, easily on par with the best I have seen from friul. I found some flash but nothing to be concerned with.

these where not cheap, about $52 shipped, but they are some pretty hefty hunks of metal
They are the only game in town if you want metal links for the E-100, but are worth it for that heavy look.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:10 PM
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Holy Moley! Those tracks look great. I only knew of the Atelier Infinite resin tracks and suspension sets. Those aren't cheap either!


The real tracks...


Atelier's Suspension set:


Atalier's Track set:


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Old 09-22-2011, 10:25 PM
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I have a set if the resin ones, they are very nice but not as much fun to assemble.
They also don't give you lead poisoning
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:26 PM
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Oh, and nice photo of the real thing. It's taller than the jeep!!!!
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Egads! That's some complex track D: Looks awesome though
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Ranchhand, thank you for this post.

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Where did you buy them from? Would like a set of those myself. Only place I found to order them from is Import Hobby, and they don't have them listed.
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I'm also interested. I have two E-100-based AFV's on the way...
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I'm also interested. I have two E-100-based AFV's on the way...
Scratch that. My wife told me to order my own presents and then had me cancel the orders so she could get me something else.

I'll have to sneak in an E-100 or two later in the year, I guess.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:10 PM
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I ordered mine on eBay, search for spade ace in other countries. They are from china.

Here is where I got mine;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Spade-Ace-1-...-/180768154665
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