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    January 2022
Wheels that move?
Posted by GeorgeFixesIt’s Assisstant on Sunday, February 6, 2022 3:30 PM

Hello everyone! Thank you for the warm welcome, I just joined the community in 2022. Dad and I mainly build AMT & Revell 1:25 model kits. The majority of them have tires you glue together and inner wheels, with retainers, and hubcaps or wheels... all with notations not to use glue. I could really use an explanation of how I am supposed to put the wheels on so they move and don't fall off the model constantly. I can't seem to find a YouTube video that shows this process. Any chance there is already an article here? I tried searching the forums to no avail. 

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Sunday, February 6, 2022 5:51 PM

   This is a tough question, if the axle does not have a mushroomed end that " snaps" and retains the wheel/ tire assembly then maybe there is a small cap that glues to the end of the axle. Done carefully the wheels continue to roll yet remain on when handling.

    Armor kits and some planes with swing wings have "polly caps" , small rubber fillers that allow road wheels to rotate but require breaking friction to remove.

    If the kit does not provide solid mounting and retention instructions perhaps glueing them permenatly may be your only option.

we're modelers it's what we do

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, February 6, 2022 8:42 PM

I sometimes can heat up a knife blade, and " heat swag" the end of the plastic pin /axle  so that it forms a head ( like the head of a mushroom )

Kinda like a rivet.

But, it's easy to over do it, so practice on something you DONT need first.

 

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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Posted by chops1sc on Monday, February 7, 2022 6:12 AM

Sometimes you just have to not follow the instructions. I think the builders from 30-40 years ago might have wanted rolling wheels so they could "play" with the model when done. Today's builders do not (with a few exceptions I am sure) play with the models when we are done.

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, February 7, 2022 9:01 AM

I usually glue my wheels on so my models do not roll off the table, shelf or other surface.  This helps prevent the dreaded dropping of the model on the floor.  Usually with the roof hitting first!  Everything else would pop out or break.  Just ask me, I know! 

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:17 AM

chops1sc

Sometimes you just have to not follow the instructions. I think the builders from 30-40 years ago might have wanted rolling wheels so they could "play" with the model when done. Today's builders do not (with a few exceptions I am sure) play with the models when we are done.

 

Ditto

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 2:32 PM

Perhaps more important is to get all four to touch the ground. Surprising how often that doesn't happen, even in otherwise pro looking builds. 

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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