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making a flat tire
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Monday, January 5, 2004 10:54 PM
i just finished a junker 55 cameo pick-up for the CBP in the truck forum. i wanted to have a flat tire on it but was unable to achive the right look. how can i do this?????Banged HeadBanged Head

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Posted by papi62596 on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 10:36 PM
Try heating up an old tire still on a rim and press it down on a piece of glass or any flat surface. I use a candle or small butane torch for this. I have done several using this method for junkyard scenes. be careful when you you heat the tire it might ignite if left over the flame to long. I hope this helps.
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 10:52 PM
hi papi, yes i did try that method and only got a "melted" look. i guess i was using to much heat . what do you thinkConfusedConfused

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Posted by Drackopolis on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 11:53 PM
Yep, you got it to close to the flame. what you want is the heat without any direct contact with the flame, which is a bit tricky until you get a feel for how the rubber reacts to the heat.
I usually keep the tire rotating or moving so the heat doesn't get concentrated in one place and keep your eye on the tire because if it starts to get shiny you are at the point of melting and should back off the heat for a second.

You get a good consistant heat across the whole bottom of the tire and when you press it against the table the bottom should bulb out like an actual flat tire.

Once you get used to the concept you will be making perfect flat tires everytime.
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 12:43 AM
thanks drack, i'll have to practice on that some, i've seen some really cool looking junkers on here, and since doing the cameo, i know i want to do another one. BowBow

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 1:04 AM
Cool great tip I will have to try that thanks!!!!!
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Posted by ThomasA3D on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 1:35 AM
WOW Dave you’re fast - have you allready finished the Cameo?
I guess that’s what happends when you cant get online Big Smile

Great tip btw. - thanks!

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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 2:38 AM
yea, i was left to build, dont you feel sorry for meSadSad, but actually i built two trucks for the CBP. even though one was not a cameo. its a 65 chevy i made into a fire truck with a scratchbuilt pumper body, i found a cameo only after i had this one done, go figure.the junker was very easy to build, it only took me about a week and a half to finish, since there was no engine to worry about, or a good paint job to do , it was really a fast build.

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Posted by Hoser on Friday, January 9, 2004 7:13 PM
I remember reading a tip a long time ago on how to create a 'bulged' tire (looks like it has weight on it). It said to press the tire against a heated clothes iron with a piece of wax paper in between. Can't remember what the suggested heat setting was, tho. I've never tried it but it sounds like it would work.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 11, 2004 7:17 AM
Try using the 1/4"nut driver and socket from your socket set instead of the plastic rim. It gives you a handle to rotate the tire with and keeps your fingers away from the heat source.

Never thought of using a clothes iron, will have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 11, 2004 2:46 PM
Hey
Have you seen the resin flat tire on Scale equipment .com www.seltd.net .It looks pretty good.

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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Sunday, January 11, 2004 10:30 PM
thanks for all the tips guys. Bow
novanut, thats some great stuff they have on there.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 1:56 PM
When I do my flat tires, I usually heat the rubber with an old rim inside it. After that, I wipe it across a flat surface so that the sidewall streches outwards.
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Posted by Drackopolis on Monday, January 12, 2004 3:25 PM
Has anyone thought about just letting the air out of the tire?

LOL, sorry, i couldn't resist the urge to say it...
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Monday, January 12, 2004 11:12 PM
Sign - OopsSign - OopsDunceDunceDunce, now why didnt i think of that???????

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Posted by KRIS MORGAN on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 7:41 AM
I READ A tip once on this. it said to heat an old skillet and,press the tire into it. i have never tried it but,it sounds neat. gives new meaning to the phrase fryin the tires huh?Smile,Wink, & Grin

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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Thursday, January 15, 2004 1:12 AM
Smile,Wink, & GrinSmile,Wink, & Grinyes it does kris.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 18, 2004 6:09 AM
anyone got any pics of there flat tyres? be intresting to see
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 12:32 PM
have you tried submersing the lower potion of the tyre into boiling hot water and pressing down? Preforably with an old rim.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 8, 2004 12:57 PM
scale equitment ltd has flat tires in many sizes . so that will be help

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