There has been some discussion about performing "tire surgery" in the "Resin" section. It made me think of this great tutorial posted by master German modeler Klaus over on another site. His work makes scratchbuilding look easy! His techniques provide simple ways for anyone to do this "surgery". Below is his tutorial on narrowing and then rejoining a tire to fit your needs. Hope this is helpful to you.
by truckin24 on Fri May 28, 2010 3:31 pm
Are you interested to see how you can build wide tires by yourself ? O.K. let’s go. I try to explain with my simple words how you can do it. First of all we need a very sharp tool.
A razor blade ! Well known the Wilkinson blades.
The Diecast truck models made by Revell were produced more than 15 years ago and for all truck modellers well known. Down in my basement I found two of these old models and I thought to myself I change the tires. The diameters of these tires are the same as the tires in the Italeri kits. Years ago Italeri has replaced the terrible plastic shells through new rubber tires. The tread pattern of the these tires has a fine structure and is fitted for the wheels on front axles.
Solid rubber, 11 mm wide, diameter 43,5 mm. Made in China and shall get the double wide.
What we need is a special tool. It’s impossible the drill or to mill the tire. At first we need three sheets made of PS, two sheets are 1,5 mm thick and one is 1,0 mm thick. The size of the three sheets is 40 x 60 mm.
We glue together these three sheets and we get a plate with a thickness of 4 mm. As next we put a piece of a double faced adhesive tape on this plate, see photo.
Very careful we put down the razor blade on the tape and press it a little.
With a PS-sheet we cover the blade. Be careful you have only two thumbs and the most of us still eight fingers.
And now the tool is finished. Slowly and under lightly pressure we turn the tool around the tire and the cut will be deeper and deeper.
Edited by hooknladderno1, 04 March 2012 - 06:35 PM.