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Peter B

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Hi everyone, came across this idea on my search around and John thought to share with forum members to get feedback.
Below is a toothed belt approximately 240mm x 1-1/2" wide. Instead of making wooden tracks which can be very fiddly and time consuming, the idea of inverting belt and using the teeth as tracks. I have only seen this on another toy build but figured it might have some merit to it. I was going to do a trial and error build to see if belt stays true without rolling off.
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Cometoz

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Good idea Peter - should work OK

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You should look at how they adjust the tracking on belt sanders. There are several build your own videos and blogs out there you can look at. Basically one of the wheels/rollers is crowned and adjustable for tension and tracking. This should work the same way.

If you use flat wheels with no adjustment the track will likely come off.

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This idea looks great.  I have avoided making tanks and half track military toys because of the track problem.  Do you have a source?  I have used CA glue to glue plastic tubing butt end to butt end.  What ever the length of belt could be cut to size.
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Still working on the idea
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Hi Peter - I have made a few T&J tracked vehicles .... they often use tracking pieces glued on the inside of the track. Pain to make but look good! Maybe you could cut a sliver of rubber and let it track inside a groove or even the space between two wheels.
Just a thought ... a couple of pics to illustrate.

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