tire flattening

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    okidoke, I bought 2 new models. a P-38 and a P-51. and I wanna try something new with them. I've seen some models with their tires flattened slightly to indicate the weight of the plane. i would like to learn how to do this. can anybody help me?
     
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    You can buy ready flattened tires mate... 8)

    I think these are flattened....
    P-51

    P-38
     
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    I know we have a ton of guys here who do models and some are very good. As an added resource, you can try these guys also. This site is filled with very talented modelers.

    Aircraft Resource Center
     
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    You have a vise? Warm up (not heat up) the working surface or a suitably flat spot on the vise with a butane lighter (or similar). You don't want it to be hot or too warm. You will have to test with a piece of sprue.

    Take your tire and gently push it onto the warm vise metal until you get your desired flat tire effect. This doesn't remove any tire material and bulges the material out.

    Or an alternative version that is just acceptable for smaller scales would be to just sandpaper off a flat spot. Just keep in mind your compound wheel angles.

    It is most realistic if you can do this while the tires are mounted for the reason noted about landing gear compound angles. Just think about a Bf-109 and the multiple angles you might have to deal with. ;)
     
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    I sadly don't have a vise -.-
     
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    Use a non-stick skillet, a shovel, a kitchen knife, a door hinge, a wrench, a slab sided Colt 1911 .45, your stainless steel sink, your BBQ grill...

    C'mon. Think man! :lol:
     
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    You can also take a candle and hold the tyre ABOVE the flame. Then press down on a cold surface. It won't take much heating.
     
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    LOL thanks, everyone! it's too late tonight for me to try it, but I shall try it tomorrow!

    and yes, I sometimes need to b slapped, Matt XD
     
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    okidoke, I've flattened the tires slightly using a lighter and the damn thing could NOT look better!
     
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    Well done. Where's our pics to demonstrate the fruit of our wisdom? :toothy5:
     
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    I use the Wifes iron ! Turn it on to a hot setting, put a bit of veg' oil on the face of the iron, so the plastic doesn't stick to it and press the tyre onto the face of the iron, 'voila' instant bulge :oops:

    Just rember to clean the oil off after !:shock:

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    lol the model is finished, but im waiting til I finish the Mustang to put up pics
     
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    LOL true!, but I shall make ye all sweat! >8D
     
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    Thanks for the tips guys, I knew my George Foreman grill would come in handy some day!
     
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    That was yesterday, today is today.....where....is....the....pics....!? :lol:
     
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    Maybe he's too 'tired'!!!!!
    Yes, I know........
     
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    lol I'm getting closer to finishing the Mustang, but I've hit a lil snag... >_< I want to paint it in the scheme of Miss Marilyn II of the 343rd FS. I've tried doing Masking tape for cover but it's extremely hard, I think I'll just put the bordering decals on it and paint it by hand -.-
     
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    ok, it looks freakin awesome hand painted, I'm not quite finished with her yet. I need to do some touch ups and then the decals, then I"ll be done :D
     
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