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Hobby Boss PLA ZTZ-96
rolf
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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 03:27 PM UTC
Mine came in yesterday so I am pretty pumped. As for the sprockets, what you did is what I had planned as I figured that is really the only way to do it without major surgery. As for my kit, I got it off e-bay at a really good price (here in the States to boot) and when It arrived I discovered that it came with three jars of paint as a bonus. The jars were Gunze type jars and the colors were Sand Brown, Dark Green and Light Green which lend them to being the official colors of the tanks cammo pattern. I don't know if the same colors are used when they are in the spactacular digital scheme seen on parades with the white walled tires (now that would be cool to do but too much masking for my liking). Have fun on your build. I may try to get started on my here shortly.

Roy
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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 12:08 PM UTC
Roy, thanks for the heads up. I hadn't started the build yet, but did check and the drive sprocket is too narrow by about 1mm. A punched out a disk from some styrene stock sheet and placed it over the inner surface of the outer sprocket, drilled a hole for the center guide wheel and checked spacing again. Tracks fit evenly all the way round. Can't take a picture because my camera battery died and I left the charger at work. Hopefully be able to post one tomorrow night.
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Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011 - 04:46 AM UTC
Russ, don't know if you have started the build yet but it has been discussed that there is a serious track to sprocket fit issue with Hobby Boss's ZTZ-96 kits. It appears the sprocket is too narrow so putting a shim in there will probably fix the problem. I have the ZTZ-96A on the way. It looks like a pretty cool tank with some interesting paint schemes. Look forward to seeing yours built up.

Roy
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Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011 - 01:48 AM UTC
James, thanks again for helping wit this one. I'll do a build review of the kit when I put this together.
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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 06:07 PM UTC
Russ Amott provides an in-box review of the PLA ZTZ-96 from Hobby Boss.

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