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WIDER TIRES...
Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:44 PM

I am tired of the Lifesaver candy size tires that I find in many Revell-Monogram kits. My personal preference is to build some combination of stock/street/custom, so I always have drag slicks leftover. I'm trying to find a way to convert slicks into wider, treaded, tires by carving some tread and rounding out the edges somewhat. My budget doesn't have room for aftermarket tires. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:28 PM

Have you checked the article in the latest issue of Scale Auto on wider tires?

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Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Saturday, March 11, 2017 10:27 PM

I appreciate your reply. I plan to follow the article in the latest issue. This will produce wider tires. I also would like taller tires in the back because the "big and littles" effect adds "rake" to the body stance without having to add "risers" to the rear suspension. Tinkering with the rear suspension,when all four tires are the same size, just doesn't look right. Chuck Davenport creates tread on WW2 aircraft tires by pouring a little lacquer thinner on a metal file and then rolling the tire on the file a few times. Thanks again for your reply!

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Posted by humper beam on Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:45 PM

 like high octane said, follow up on that. far as making a tire 'taller', i don't believe it can be done. i wouldn't worry much about tread pattern unless you want cheater slicks, then it's just lines. 

 i mostly do A/C and armor but i've not heard of mr. davenport's idea. probably if i saw it i could understand.  look for a fellow goes by "oldcarguy". he's a personal friend and builds more cars than i do. he would be able to help you out on that. send a message and he'll get back to you.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:14 PM

The 1970 Monogram 1/24 Chevelle has some very nice tires that are not only wide but tall because of the scale. I have used sevaral sets and look good on certain style builds.

If your going with bigs and littles, having one kit will give you 2 sets if you pair them up with a smaller set in 1/24 scale or maybe even 1/25 depending on the look your after.

You can even cast them in resin for more sets Thumbs Up.

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Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:35 AM

Thanks gentlemen! I've been researching and I've found almost a dozen old kits that include some variation of "big n littles". That's just Revell. 

 

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Posted by The Outhouse Mouse on Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:40 AM

I agree that it's difficult to "make" a tire "taller". I've been playing around with a circle template and I finally got it thru my thick head that increasing diameter will increase tire height also. I recently opened an AMT 1932 Vicky and found two of what may be dirt track tires. I think they'd look great on my old pickups and I will definitely invest in resin casting. AMT/Round2 is so much better with offering varieties of tires than Revell-Monogram.

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:51 PM

The Outhouse Mouse
AMT/Round2 is so much better with offering varieties of tires than Revell-Monogram.

And they tend to fit wider a wider variety of other makers tires/wheels, too. I find that Revell tires/wheels generally only fit Revell wheels/tires. Not always of course, but typically.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 09, 2017 8:23 AM

The Outhouse Mouse

I appreciate your reply. I plan to follow the article in the latest issue. This will produce wider tires. I also would like taller tires in the back because the "big and littles" effect adds "rake" to the body stance without having to add "risers" to the rear suspension. Tinkering with the rear suspension,when all four tires are the same size, just doesn't look right. Chuck Davenport creates tread on WW2 aircraft tires by pouring a little lacquer thinner on a metal file and then rolling the tire on the file a few times. Thanks again for your reply!

 

I find adding spacers to the rear suspension rather easy to do with minimal to no work needed for the kit springs.  Sometimes you may need to make longer shocks which is also easy to do.  

I would be interested in seeing Chuck Davenport's technique of creating treaded tires.

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:46 PM

 

You might try looking at these two websites. They have several different tires and wheels to offer. Might be an alternative to buying a whole kit. The dimension chart is for tires on SEL’s site.

http://www.fireballmodels.info/

http://www.seltd.net/ez-catalog/X344897/26

 

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Saturday, April 15, 2017 4:10 PM

That I.D. (dim "B") looks huge, most are too large for normal wheels. 5/8" or better on most examples, be prepared to look for wheels if buying these. Bill

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, April 17, 2017 12:43 PM
Yep. I intend to buy wheels & tires together from them. I'll double check with them before ordering anything. I had thought about possible problems with size differences so planned on buying everything in a "set". Looks like great minds think alike!

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:28 AM

Another good source but takes a few kits  to get matching sizes is dirt track and outlaw kits have staggered sizes but are really nice tires even some formula 1 cars have wider tires than some kits as far as tread if you have a steady light hand and a hot knife you can make or rather lay out your tread pattern in several separate steps for example make all your straight lines lightly with hotknife follow your lines around the tire practice on old tires first. After you do this sand the melted side residue off then do the angled lines. Sand again the residue then next angled lines etc etc this work really good just reccomed practicing on junk tires first this. Is just one way I've used work nice

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Posted by modeller123 on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:41 PM

 This is just a thought and I haven't tried it but what if  you  Cut the side walls out of a spare tire and then slip the treaded part of the spare tire over top of The kit tire and then file away the inside of the  kit  tire  so it will fit the rim you will get some extra height  from the tread of the spare tire on top of the tread of the kit tire  again just a thought but you can try it 

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