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Panzer III/IV tracks In Focus

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About Adam Mann (Mannloon)

I am a professional video game artist specializing in hard surface modeling and PBR texturing. I started making armor models a few years ago and have been trying since to translate my digital skills to paint and plastic, which isn't always easy. My specialty is German Armor in 1/35.


Thank you Adam, I watched the entire video this time and gained considerable insight. I had no idea that there could be that many variants of the Pz 3 and 4 track links! I still find it weird that the over-taxed German weapons manufacturers would take the time and effort to produce a track link like the 5A that was supposedly used only as supplemental armour when any kind of track link would suffice. As to welding or tacking them on, it was frowned upon as the armour was surface hardened and tack welding weakened that hardening process. Doesn't mean it didn't happen, just that it was against regulations to do so. Wiring them against the hull, or held on with racks were more acceptable means. If it spun away after being hit by a shell, so be it. Anyways, thanks for the video and I look forward to learning more in the future!
DEC 18, 2016 - 09:16 AM
Jesus thats first model related video i didnt fast forward....now i got to buy more track!
DEC 19, 2016 - 07:43 PM
Thank you for posting, I really enjoyed that!!
DEC 20, 2016 - 12:40 AM
TOTALLY cool and informative video and much thanks to Adam for taking the time to make it. You can see his passion for the subject. I did learn something... never knew about the hammerstollen and never seen (although knew Panther links had them) the mittelstollen actually installed on a link or they were even used on PIII tracks. The rest I pretty much knew from history books. I guess old dawgs can learn something new after-all. We need more of these videos! Thanks. Jeff
DEC 20, 2016 - 02:18 AM
I did do some more reading on tracks and I guess those are called Gabelstolen end cleats for the links. Sorry for the misspelling. Jeff
DEC 20, 2016 - 07:59 PM
Thanks very much to all of you for saying such nice things about the video. It's always fun to share something you're passionate about with other people. I believe those things in the post above mine are for Panzer II tracks.
DEC 22, 2016 - 05:42 PM
Very informative video, and thanks for taking the time and effort to do such Adam. Looking forward to the next installment. Cheers, Tat
DEC 22, 2016 - 06:13 PM
Excellent! Thanks a lot
DEC 23, 2016 - 06:57 PM
Wow, had no idea of the differences and never really gave it any thought. Figured if it look close to the picture of the real thing it was good. Now I will be taking a closer look at my next WWII German builds when it comes to the tracks. Thanks for the video really informative!
JAN 24, 2017 - 12:03 AM
I have the mentioned book and really you make an excellent resume in that video. Many thanks for your understanding contribution to a not so common topic. I know that it will very very appreciated.
DEC 05, 2017 - 09:14 AM