Today I received two of OKB’s latest releases – their Winterketten and Ostketten resin tracks for the Pz III/IV family of armored vehicles. I was impressed with the casting and level of detail, so I am in a hurry to show you what the fuss is all about.
First thing about the track sets is that they are provided in 4 bands per set, each about 102mm long, like so:
Considering you need about 175mm per vehicle side for the lenghtened III/IV chassis on which a Hummel or Nashorn was based – you’re pretty well catered for in terms of spares.
Detail is outstanding.
All the ice cleats, the ribs and openings are present, you can even see the partially hollow guide teeth from the outside.
As you can see tracks are HANDED as on the actual vehicles. And on the inside…
… you notice the weight-reduction measures on the guiding teeth of the Ostketten and the way each track link is nicely separated from the rest. This means that when wrapped around the wheels the track will look like the real deal instead of bend in the middle of the links.
Onto the Winterketten – also left and right tracks here!
Again fantastic detail with the extension rib finely represented, including its diminishing height as it nears the edge of the link. Also notice how the extension is “hollowed” on the inside – fantastic!
Now a quick comparison between the two track types:
And now for a bit of cool showdown to compare detail adequacy with Dragon (DS) and Revell track links (on the sprue).
In general DML’s track appears to be the least defined in terms of detail. However, the DS tracks beat Revell in 2 places: they do have some ice cleat detail, and the openings in the outer ribs. The Revell links appear to be an earlier type – maybe 1940-1941 considering the indentation on the ridge.
Both types are simply blown away by the OKB offerings. At about 8,4 Euro a set they are extremely good value.
Purchased through OKB Grigorov’s online store.