Glencoe BTR-50 1/32 APC

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Postby modler » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:27 am

Found a stash of these today in sealed shrink rap. I got a very good price on this kit and thought oh boy, I did good, but after awhile I started thinking about what kind of tracks are in there? :(

I bought a APC kit some time ago and found out that it had hard plastic tracks that were only good for display :thumbdown:

So I just opened this kit a few minutes ago and was happy to see soft plastic tracks that will work for motorized modification of this model. Since these kits are low value and are not Tamiya, I feel that they can be modified without regret.

Being 1/32 scale, a little easier to work with as far a making it motorized :D
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Sealed box from a closed Hobby shop. 5.74 pound sterling, ($7.50)
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Soft plastic track similar to Tamiya.
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Postby modler » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:36 pm

Finally got some time to build up the chassis of this interesting model. My only complaint was that one of the tracks was damaged due to poor fitting in the box. I repaired the damaged track and it seems to be OK. I used a few metal staples to lash the ends back together. This track is pretty nice and normally the connection just snaps together. To tank has tracks like an early Sherman, not live track like modern tanks. More like bulldozer track. Anyway it is going together and i will do a dual motor motorized upgrade to this chassis before proceeding further with the build.
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chassis went together pretty quick. looks good so far.
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this model is very wide, good for motorized upgrade me thinks.
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looks like this tank had a motorized option. I think I have something that may work in here.
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:37 pm

Certainly looks like there’s some gearbox anchor points there

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Postby modler » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:09 pm

Exhibitedbrute wrote:Certainly looks like there’s some gearbox anchor points there


Yes, and in front, track tensioner mount. It is a low priority mod but when the time is right I will test fit a gearbox or two. Lot more room to work with in this 1/32 scale model.

I may buy another for spare parts as doing a GB mod can be tough on the chassis and after going the first one, you usually figure out how to do it better next time. It is like building a puzzle where the pieces don't really fit lol.
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