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Creating worn tires

RELATED TOPICS: TIRES
Joshua Olm is a young Australian modeler who's making a splash on this side of the ocean. We first noticed Joshua's work in the Scale Auto "Readers' Gallery," after which he went on to win the Junior title in the 2003 Car Modeler Custom Clinic Photo Contest. If that wasn't enough, Joshua can now add "Tip of the Month Contributor" to his growing résumé. His tip for creating "perished tyres" (translation: worn tires) was a shoo-in:

"I was agonizing over how to create perished tyres for a diorama when I happened upon a simple technique that yields maximum results. I used AMT's Firestone tyres, but any solid vinyl tyre could be used.

"Start by cutting away the outer edges of the tyre to eliminate most of the tread and some of the sidewall using a sharp pocketknife of a new hobby blade. Clean up the sharp edges with various grades of sandpaper. Don't forget to rough up the sidewalls while you're at it.

"Now to 'perish' them: with needle-nose pliers, proceed to pinch, twist, claw, and chew your tyre into submission, but don't stop there. Cut down your tyres further to create varying degrees of 'perished life.' Wrap the finished tyres around some rusted rims and throw them into a diorama or put them on an old wreck."




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