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Old 04-18-2016, 11:54 AM   #1
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Has anyone had a go at making scale tyres for their projects?

I know that most people stop at the engines but I want to go that little bit further and try to make some realistic tyres. More specifically - classic motorcycle tyres for a 10" wheel rim.

I have seen these little balance bikes for toddlers with what looks like custom tyres with some sort of tread pattern which I assume is made is CH in their 1000's. I want to replicate this but in 10's....

Any ideas?

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Old 04-18-2016, 12:09 PM   #2
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Hi R , The easiest way to replicate tyres is by using silicone rubber to cast them in a mould. The tread pattern can be as simple or complex as your mould making skills will allow , the rubber can be coloured black just like " real " tyres.
Another method would be to have the tyres 3D printed in which case the detail will be no problem , including side wall lettering assuming your pockets are deep enough.
Silicone rubbers are very versatile , can be cast in a variety of colours and hardness, they can also be bonded to a metal substrate.
I am just down the road from you and you can email me for further information on 3D cad/printing or using silicone rubbers.
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Where are you based Dan?

You've got my interest going. I will have a go at 3D modelling some tyres over the next few weeks but I will lean on you for your experience in silicone rubber moulding.

Do you have any examples of what you have done?

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Some nice pics in this this link. (Molds down near bottom of page). Incredible level of detail in this particular example.
http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Guttu.htm

Another link with interesting techniques. (I just Googled 'mold scale model tire' or something like that).
http://www.oficinaaberta.com.br/mode...neus/pneus.asp
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That is an impressive looking model - Im slowly getting some ideas together, thanks fellas

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Here's something I posted some 5 years back on moulding with polyurethane & Silicone resins.

http://www.homemodelenginemachinist....ad.php?t=15298

You can throw a silcone mould (negative) from a suitable (positive) sample, hand carved or 3D printed model.

Followed by gravity or vacuum/pressure casting to reproduce as many positives as you like.

For tyres I would use polyurethane in a silicone mould.

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