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Chief Joseph

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Gauging interest for scale tires with a weighted look

01 May 2015 - 09:12 AM

Hi all,

I've made a couple of aftermarket truck tire sets and they have been well-received, so I thank everyone who has supported me with that.  One of the things that has always bugged me about scale model car and truck tires is that they don't portray the appearance of the real thing.  Real tires bear the weight of the vehicle, and this shows up as a slight bulge at the contact patch.  This bulging is mostly seen with radial tires.  Aircraft modelers have realized this shortcoming in their models for years, and some of the very first resin aircraft items that appeared were weighted tires.  Sanding the bottom of a round tire flat helps, but can't give you the bulge that conveys realism.  I've made up a bulged version of a new 3D tire model:



Here are two weighted tires alongside the un-weighted tire (right).  I am thinking of selling this new tire in a set of five tires: four weighted tires and one un-weighted tire to use as the spare.  The initial costs to do this kind of set are higher than a typical tire set, since it requires at least two masters instead of just one.  Is this something that you truck modelers would like to see?



Joseph from Fireball Modelworks


p.s.I have some GM truck door handles in the works that will be ready for sale in a few weeks:


Any interest in a 1/12 scale N50-15 hot rod tire?

23 February 2015 - 02:00 PM

Here's a 1/12 version of my Indy Profile N50-15 tire that a customer in Australia asked me to make for him.  He's okay with me selling pairs of them to others.  Any interest?


New item: GM Door Handles--> Now Mopar!

27 January 2015 - 03:40 PM

Hello friends,

Today I've released a new item from Fireball Modelworks.  Door handles for late-50's through 1972 passenger cars!  As usual, these pieces were designed in 3D and pressure-cast in polyurethane resin.  Each pack contains four pairs (that's eight pieces).  They are 1/24 scale, but will work with 1/25 scale really well.  
Ordering and pricing details for item FMR-047 are available at Fireball Modelworks.





Thanks for looking!

New 1/24 Indy Mags in 3 different widths

10 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

Hey guys,

I have some new 1/24 wheels that I am ready to start selling.  They are based on the 15" US Mags Indy 5-slot wheel and I have made them in three different widths to represent different rim widths.


They will be available in pairs, and possibly also in 4-packs of staggered fronts & backs.  


Thanks for looking,


New 15" Wheels for Light Trucks

10 July 2014 - 08:42 AM

Hey folks,

I have a new 1/24 wheel set that I'm ready to start selling.  The basic wheel is modeled on a Pacer 15" and I have made two versions; one has a standard Pacer center cap and the other has a manual locking 4X4 hub.  These are original 3D models that I have created and are not recasts or modified versions of any kit wheel.  There is a wheel back that matches the wheels, too:



They are specifically made to fit the two 15" tires I have already released, but will fit other tires:



I will be selling these wheels in pair packs (with backs), so if you want to do a 4x4 truck, you'd get one pack of standard wheels and one pack of locking-hub wheels.  For a 4x2 truck, you could just get two packs of standard wheels.  


I am also thinking about making wheel & tire package sets and putting them on eBay.  


Thanks for looking,