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Panzer I Sd.Kfz.101 track link question

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    Question Panzer I Sd.Kfz.101 track link question

    I have recently acquired a ground dug Panzer track link from a digger in Latvia. Its a great piece, and am quite excited to add it to my collection. However, I have a question as to the material it is made from. The track pin appears to be steel, as a magnet sticks to it. The track itself though, is non magnetic.
    Seems like it would make sense to construct them this way, but I was hoping to clarify what exactly it is made of.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Hi Opus

    If memory serves right, (and, as usual, I am willing to stand corrected by others more knowledgeable than me), I believe that the track links were made from a high quality manganese steel.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    I feel it would be a Austempered Austenitic cast iron.
    A hard non magnetic cast iron.
    All the best
    Dave

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    Quote by jimpy View Post
    Hi Opus

    If memory serves right, (and, as usual, I am willing to stand corrected by others more knowledgeable than me), I believe that the track links were made from a high quality manganese steel.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy
    That makes perfect sense Ian as mag. steel is hard wearing and castable.
    In hind sight you are most likely correct and it's me who is incorrect.
    Will look a bit deeper,but I think your right.
    Cheers Ian

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    Default Re: Panzer I Sd.Kfz.101 track link question

    Cast Austenitic Manganese steel as opposed to Austenitic cast iron.

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    I appreciate the quick answers. Seems like manganese steel would be the best choice for tank tracks since it is hard wearing and non magnetic. Thank you!

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    No worries

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    Default Re: Panzer I Sd.Kfz.101 track link question

    You're welcome Opus.

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    interestingly the churchill used 3 different types of track link, heavy, cast and manganese. the manganese was the prefered type for general use but was critised for weakness when used on rocky ground i wonder if the germans also found trouble with it ?

    eddy

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    I was lookinf to buy one of those track links, to use as a pattern for a little project. Did you get if off e-bay?

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