By Geoff Coughlin
Do you love them or hate them?
Personally I quite like them (Ok slightly avoiding the question!) they can be quickly and easily turned into decent replicas of the original just with some gentle sanding and buffing – no paint at all necessary. Clearly if you want to you can do more, but mostly I don’t think it’s necessary.
I’ll cover the finishing of the tyres in the next video but in this short piece I want to show you how to get rid of that mould seam line that you almost always get with these items.
This technique is good whatever you build…
Target project: HobbyBoss P-61B Black Widow in 1:32 scale.
Although my target project here is an aircraft even if you build armour I think that this technique should work just as well on your AFV tyres if they have been supplied in rubber-vinyl.
To be honest, I think the video says it all for this initial stage but I would just emphasis that gentle is the word here, don’t go mad. My technique may look quite strong but in fact there is very little contact between the sander and tyre on each pass.
What you’ll need – materials?
All you need for this first stage is a firm sanding stick – here I am using a nail buffer available from just about any supermarket. They are designed for the initial stages of rubbing down nails on fingers but they are NOT emery boards – they are far too rough. The grade on the sanding stick I’m using in the video I reckon is around 600-grade, something like that.
This is how you do it…
You can see from the first stage – removing the mould seam lines in the rubber-vinyl tyres (RVT) that that is only the first part of the story.
This next stage involves how to finish off the RVTs so that you can add them to your aircraft or vehicle. Of course you may want to do some extra weathering, perhaps by using coloured pastel chalks, pigments and washes but that’s another thing maybe for another set of videos – we’ll see…
This entry is all about getting to a stage where preparation of the RVT is complete and you can add it to your model as is, with little or no further work. As ever what you want to do after that is up to you!
You can see in the above photo the finished tyres after this next ‘Finishing’ stage and how you get the effect that you can see in that photo is what the following video will show. As with many modelling techniques they are quite simple to master with just a little bit of practise.
To sum up
Personally I think that the look you get after this two-stage process of firstly getting rid of the mould seam line and then this sanding/buffing creates a really realistic finish – especially for aircraft models and their tyres. Apart from some light addition of some pastel chalk the tyres as you see them are good-to-go and will be added to my current project – the BIG HobbyBoss P-61B Black Widow ☺