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#21 Mike Kucaba

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

I've got several sets of BFG Radial T/A's. They are kit based,so are they inaccurate or something?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:47 PM

Those are really nice tires but it's too bad they're not period correct for the models that I build.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:49 PM

I've got several sets of BFG Radial T/A's. They are kit based,so are they inaccurate or something?


Mike, I don't have any kits with the Radial T/A's, so I can't comment. I have a philosophy when it comes to my car modeling: instead of trying to track down kit parts that may or may not suit my needs, I just make what I want. I want some 1/24 scale Radial T/A's for one of the GTO's I am building, so instead of settling for undersized 1/25 tires or some ridiculously wide tires, I am going to make exactly what I want :) If I can make them available to others to help them out with their models, then it makes me happy to do that. There are a gazillion different directions a modeler can go with cars, and my niche is stock-appearing musclecars that I've either owned or came close to owning. It's a pretty small niche :)

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

Those are really nice tires but it's too bad they're not period correct for the models that I build.

What period are you building, Nick?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:02 PM

I've got several sets of BFG Radial T/A's. They are kit based,so are they inaccurate or something?


The only kit-based Radial T/As I can think of were those originally made by MPC (and occasionally found in some newer AMT kits).
Long story short, I'm being kind when I say the MPC tire's design and construction is mediocre when compared to the ARII T/As. Unfortunately, the ARII tires tend to look slightly out of scale on most 1/25 models, and some of the tire sets came mounted on some horrendously ugly wheels. In addition, the size of the hole for the wheel is large enough to preclude the use of most 1/25 scale wheels,so you'll probably have to resort to raiding Monogram kits if you want better looking wheels. Hence my fervent plea for a set of these that'll fit my model cars.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:05 AM

While I applaud youe ventures in tire casting, I would prefer to see these without the large sprue on the tread of the tire. I have seen others cast with no sprue at all, in a flexable compound, but am not familiar with the technique involved I realize the complexities involved in a casting like this; just wonderin if there might be an alternative method....'Z'

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:27 AM

The only kit-based Radial T/As I can think of were those originally made by MPC (and occasionally found in some newer AMT kits).
Long story short, I'm being kind when I say the MPC tire's design and construction is mediocre when compared to the ARII T/As. Unfortunately, the ARII tires tend to look slightly out of scale on most 1/25 models,


The MPC BFG Radial T/A tires are similar to the Rally GT tires AMT issued with many of their kits, which is to say the tread blocks are heavy, too agressive for a performance street tire, and the scale of the tread makes the tires look like an off-road tire.

The Arii tires are 1/24 scale only, and you can tell they are out of scale on a 1/25 scale model. They also tend to have that odd "kinda close" look where the sidewall meets the tread area, and some come off looking overinflated...not good.

I think if Joeseph could make two different sizes in both 1/25 and 1/24 scale, he'd have a huge hit on his hands. I know that's a ton of work, but he clearly has an eye for details and that is much appreciated. :)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:18 AM

If the Arii Radial T/A's are good overall, they can be shrunk to 1/25 scale by taking a mold of one with a high-shrink silicone (Mold Max 30), casting a copy in a high-shrink resin (Alumilite fast) and then making another mold of that casting to make the actual parts to go on the model. That should reduce the size enough to get the tire to look right in 1/25 scale while keeping the detail. The scale difference is about 4%, and each of those steps is worth between 1 to 1.5 percent or so.

I like the casting block because it creates a realistic contact patch for the tire when the block is removed. The casting blocks are not permanently attached to these Eagle GT tire masters, so I could make them in a flexible back plastic if needed. If there were enough demand then I could do that, but they would cost more and the white letters would have to be painted. I much prefer the rigid resin because I'd rather paint the tires exactly the way I want them with any type of paint.

Monty, I have no estimate of when anything will be available. I quit trying to announce availability of new parts a long time ago; it seemed like whenever I would say something would be available at a certain date, some calamity would derail all my planning. I have some projects that are now years behind their original schedule!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:59 AM

The MPC BFG Radial T/A tires are similar to the Rally GT tires AMT issued with many of their kits, which is to say the tread blocks are heavy, too agressive for a performance street tire, and the scale of the tread makes the tires look like an off-road tire.

The Arii tires are 1/24 scale only, and you can tell they are out of scale on a 1/25 scale model. They also tend to have that odd "kinda close" look where the sidewall meets the tread area, and some come off looking overinflated...not good.

I think if Joeseph could make two different sizes in both 1/25 and 1/24 scale, he'd have a huge hit on his hands. I know that's a ton of work, but he clearly has an eye for details and that is much appreciated. :)


Casey, I agree that AMT should've taken a little more time with their rendition of the Rally GT. It could've been a great pre-radial street tire.

You and I also agree that the Arii tires appear oversized on 1/25 scale models. OTOH, the Arii's side script, which is what most people will notice first if painted correctly, is dead nuts on, especially when compared to MPC's tire.
Revell found a way to mold legible script on their '70s funny car front tires, so getting a more accurate rendering of the BFGoodrich lettering shouldn't have been that tough for MPC.

If Chief Joseph finds a way to pull off two tires sizes in each scale, I know I wouldn't be the only one trying to deplete his inventory. I guess my only recourse is to wait (impatiently) and wish him all the best in his experiments with shrinking resins.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:21 AM

I just wanted to share my experiences with these items. I ordered a few sets of these tires via email last week, and they arrived at my door yesterday afternoon. The items were perfectly packed with no damage, and the castings themselves were virtually perfect - no pinholes or voids and very little flash. I can heartily recommend these to anyone!!

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 11:33 AM

Those are neat...IIRC, 15 inch Eagle GTs are what my 1:1 '87 Mustang GT had back in the day.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

Thank you Joseph. The tires are top notch.
I can't wait to finish a set and try them on some builds.

If only you had some in 1/16 as well... (hint)

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:11 AM

I just got several sets of the B.F.GOODRICH T/A's in the mail, and these aer an A+ top notch product. The lettering and tread pattern are smaller than the old MPC tires, which is more accurate. KUDOS to the Chief for these....'Z'

oops, aer = are.....

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

Just ordered some of the T/A's and Eagles today!!!!

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

Just ordered some of the T/A's and Eagles today!!!!


Me Too! Looking forward to getting them!

BTW- If any of you are wondering about the service, I emailed Joseph and he responded within minutes.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

I received a set of Joseph's 1/24 Goodyear Eagle GT tires today.  They are fantastic!  The set I purchased are cast in black rubber and look way better and far more accurate then the 1/24 Monogram kit tires.  

 

Don't hesitate to order tires from Joseph.  His communication is excellent and I received them in record time.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:53 AM

Got mine in the mail yesterday, FANTASTIC!!!  I'll be ordering more.

Vernon



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 09:52 PM

I love them....

 


Edited by cruz, 01 February 2014 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:25 AM

They are awesome.  I ordered some from Joseph and am very pleased!  Thanks!!



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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:52 PM

They are awesome.  I ordered some from Joseph and am very pleased!  Thanks!!

 

I had some last year and just ordered more. You're right, they are awesome.