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Painting Aircraft Tires
Posted by marzoo on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 11:13 PM
Need a recommendation for paint color for aircraft tires

Dave Marzola

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    February 2003
  • From: Kansas
Posted by J.C. Bahr on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 11:48 PM
I use Pollyscale Grimy Black acrylic... it's actually a really dark gray that looks pretty convincing. It brushes really well out of the bottle and dries quick.

J.C.

J.C. Bahr 55th SRW - Videmus Omnia - We See All

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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:01 AM
Painting a/c tires ... I mix Model Master flat black with a little Model Master gloss gull gray ... it isn't black ... it really is not gray ... it is a light black ... if that makes any sense ... and it isn't flat ... but it isn't gloss either. You have to mix it by "eye", you can't really goof. Give it a try sometime. Happy modeling!

FreedomEagle1953

Chicago, IL area

"keep on building 'em ... but don't glue your fingers together"

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  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Thursday, March 6, 2003 12:19 AM
Marzoo,
For painting a/c tires I usually go w/ "scale black" by Poly Scale. Basically it depends on how I feel and what I want to use!!
Like FreedonEagle said "Happy modeling" Flaps up Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 6, 2003 2:32 AM
Hmmmm.... I thought gunze sngyo makes a colour called "tire black" code no: H-77... It works quite well....

Cheers,
Nandakumar
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    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Thursday, March 6, 2003 8:44 AM
I usually use Scale Black with Flat Black ground contact areas, but it does appear that the natural rubber tires used up until the 1930s could be a light gray sometimes, or a brown-black. The Germans used synthetic rubber during WWII, and this material often appears dark gray, which may indicate that they did not use as much carbon black as did the Allies.
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  • From: Medina, Ohio
Posted by wayne baker on Thursday, March 6, 2003 11:28 AM
I like to use RLM66 or Pactra hot rod primer. Some thing in a very dark gray black. Testors has a color Rubber Tire. It is more brown.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by 7474 on Thursday, March 6, 2003 10:23 PM
does any body know how to paint the small wheels such as tail wheels on tail draggers, or small scale airliners, like 747 in 1.200?
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  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Thursday, March 6, 2003 10:59 PM
7474
I am pro 1/48th builder w/ a dab in 1/72nd .When it comes to painting items I break the rules. What I do as for the tires, I base coat the tire scale black( whatever black you prefer). Then either I mask around the innereds or do a wash using white. With the white I build it up till I am happy w/ the results(creates natural shadowing). Doing the whole a/c is another story in itself...LOL
With painting tires in 1/72 or smaller I may do the reverse but then again each model I do is different. Flaps up, Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

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