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Rotating wheels on models......but why ?

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Rotating wheels on models......but why ?
Posted by arcturus on Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:54 AM

Am I the only one, but I always try and insist that the wheels rotate on my models. But why ? 
I don't play with them, but apart of me thinks, thats what cars do....they roll fowards and backwards , and not having that basic function to me, isn't a car. It's silly really because sitting on a shelf you wouldn't know if the wheels rotate or not. 

Some would say that kids build them and possibly play with them, and if that was the case then why did kits like the AMT 70 Impala and AMT 68 Shelby have fixed front stub axles that you glue to the wheel.
And also expensive 1:18 models like the BoS models have rotating wheels as well , and definately not aimed at being toys.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:33 AM

I glue mine solid. No point in having them roll off a shelf or if you take them to a show roll off the table.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 18, 2019 6:54 AM

For the last several years, I have been gluing my wheels solid onto my models.  Like midnightprowler, I don't want my models rolling off the shelf or the contest table.

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Posted by vettecote on Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:52 AM

When I was a child I always tried my best to make them roll. Cause I did play with them on the floor or wherever. When I hit my early 20's, when I did build some thing it wasn't as big an issue making them roll. So if they did they did, and if not I didn't care. In my 30's, I had a few incidences when rolling was a problem cause a few had rolled off the table only to hit a scale 50 MPH on the way to the floor! So now if any of them roll, I make sure at least one of them is glued just to prevent me having to call my scale insurance company(my wallet) to cover the cost...Joe

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Posted by Plowboy on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:48 AM

I only have a handful (maybe five) models that the wheels don't roll. The way I look at it, that's how they were designed. So, that's how they should be. Especially if it's an old metal axle kit.

I've never had a model roll off of a shelf. But, I do mount my shelves level. Plus, I now have them displayed in the Carney display cases.

It's like anything else. Everyone has their own preferences and reasons. Neither way is right or wrong.

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Posted by Uncle Billiam on Monday, May 20, 2019 4:13 PM
I remember a time that the neighborhood got together and built a 1/24th/1/25th scale pinewood derby track and raced our built models. It was the mid 80's and it's one of the few times I wish we had cell phones to record it all since it was so fun! Had trophies for best looking and fastest cars. Other than that reason, I don't like mine to roll for the fear of them flying off a table or shelf.

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:36 AM

Something I try not to think about.  Bill's Third Corrolary of Car Modeling:  If a model car CAN roll, it WILL roll, off the workbench.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:38 AM

I glue the wheels in place for two reasons, and neither of them has to do with the model rolling off the shelf. I originally started glueing the wheels as a means of keeping them mounted square. The solutions that many model manufacturers engineer for a rolling wheel often makes them loose and wonky. The wheels do not need to roll, so no need to put up with wonky wheels, and glueing them in place makes them stronger, too.

The other reason for glueing in place is to allow flat-spotting the tire tread at the point it contacts the table. This gets rid of the 'tippy toes' look of the model riding on the 'edge'  around the middle of the rounded tire profile. It gives the model the appearance of weight and greatly improves its overall look on the shelf. If you build for realism, this is a must do.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:16 PM

Hi;

 I have to say that since the fifties and Revell's autos that shattered if they did an off shelf dive .I glue my wheels .When A.M.T came into my life along with M.P.C. and Johan I put the metal axles on as tight as I could and made sure they didn't pull out without a driver !I also used a dot of glue to gaurantee that .

    To me it isn't important .I had some that rolled and turned right and left on a cable .My most remembered was the Easter I got a 56 Plymouth Fury and Lincoln Mark 2 with driving units .They turned with the squeeze of a bulb in the control .

     To Roll or not to Roll, I guess it's up to the Modeler !, Right !OCG

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Posted by Repstock on Thursday, May 23, 2019 11:05 AM

arcturus

Am I the only one, but I always try and insist that the wheels rotate on my models. But why ? 
I don't play with them, but apart of me thinks, thats what cars do....they roll fowards and backwards , and not having that basic function to me, isn't a car. It's silly really because sitting on a shelf you wouldn't know if the wheels rotate or not. 

Some would say that kids build them and possibly play with them, and if that was the case then why did kits like the AMT 70 Impala and AMT 68 Shelby have fixed front stub axles that you glue to the wheel.
And also expensive 1:18 models like the BoS models have rotating wheels as well , and definately not aimed at being toys.

 

 

You're not the only one. All of my kits roll, too. Even more surprising, I convert them all to the two steel axle setup. I enjoy hiding the feature so it is difficult to detect. I have no idea why, I just like 'em that way. I even have a 1/25 lawnmower that rolls. In the last 40 years I've had no incidents because of the rolling feature.

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