login   |    register
AFV Painting & Weathering
Answers to questions about the right paint scheme or tips for the right effect.
Rusty Tracks On Amphibious Vehicles
long_tom
Visit this Community
Illinois, United States
Joined: March 18, 2006
KitMaker: 2,362 posts
Armorama: 2,005 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 01:03 PM UTC
If I have seen correctly, amphibious vehicles like the LVT series have very rusty tracks in service use, presumably because they have gone through the sea. Can anyone provide further information?
AmTrac1833
#431
Visit this Community
Florida, United States
Joined: February 20, 2014
KitMaker: 376 posts
Armorama: 311 posts
Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 01:27 PM UTC

Quoted Text

If I have seen correctly, amphibious vehicles like the LVT series have very rusty tracks in service use, presumably because they have gone through the sea. Can anyone provide further information?



They rust extremely quickly. Even when operating most of the track remains mostly rusty. Only those parts that are getting "rubbed" by the guides, sprockets or wheels and in direct contact with terrain have the rust temporarily scrubbed to shinny bare metal. Then shortly thereafter those areas rust and everything begins again.
On AAV7s the EAAK used to rust quickly too. On the RAM/RS the roadwheels rust quickly as well. The UGWS also show rust after a while in service.