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1/6th scale tires and wheels
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 29, 2003 10:11 PM
Does anyone out there know where I could find some 1/6th scale motorcycle wheels and tires? I'm looking for some good sized rear tires, and a little smaller front ones for a 1/6th scale chopper I want to build. I am going to try my hand at chopping a 1/6th scale Tamiya FXE1200 Harley. I'm new to this site, and to building motorcycles. I've been doing aircraft for the last 30 years and now I'm wanting to do scooters while I recover from a real scooter wreck. I totaled out a Harley Fat Boy last June and am just learning to walk again now. I spend most of the day in a wheelchair and won't be working for another year or so. Needless to say, I have a LOT of spare time now for my models. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance guys.

Ted
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:02 AM
hey hammerfly, sorry to hear about your accident, may you recover well. if i was looking for something like you want, i would try a local toy store, seems you can always find a cheaply priced toy to tear apart and use a peice or two off of it.hope this helps, good luck on your kit and your recovery.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 12:54 AM
Thanks Firemodelman, I'll check that out. I've found some 1/6th scale diecast choppers on Ebay that have a lot of potential. Nice wheels, and just the right size tires for what I want. I saw in one of your posts about firefighting equipment and meant to reply. I was a firefighter in the Navy back when they still called them Damagecontrol men. Now they are Hull Technicians and are called turd chasers for their not so glamorous job in Habitability. I've been wanting to find a good kit of an airbase type fire truck but no luck. I know there used to be a good kit out, just can't remember the name or what type. Blame it on the pain meds I guess, that or the getting up in age thing. I'm having a blast with the change from aircraft over to motorcycles, now I may even have to do a car or two. I just ordered a Tamiya 1/12th scale Yamaha off of Ebay with a photoetched detail set for it from some Japanese or Korean company. I'm curious to see if the PE set is as good as some of the ones I use for aircraft. This is the first one I've found for motorcycles. Are there very many companies putting out aftermarket items for motorcycles? It took me forvever to find a forum for motorcycles. Seems like all I could find was aircraft and flight sims.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 2:43 AM
hammerfly,i myself was an army grunt,always wanted to be a firefighter,got alot af back problems though,so i can simpithize with your current situation. yea the toy store stuff can bring some pretty good ideas, so does ebay.and i agree with you on the aircraft, alot of people must be into them. i know the model car garage does photo etch sets for cars,and alot of engine stuff, i'm not quite sure if they do any motorcycle things? they do have a web site, i think its modelcargarage.com? also you can try a place called detail master, they also do alot of pe stuff.grab a copy of scale auto and check out there adds. alot of good info in there. good luck on the 1/12 scale cycle.talk at you later.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:32 PM
Dave,
I found a Asian site that has a lot of nice detail parts, but, they are for 1/12th scale stuff and mostly for antique bikes. The stuff is awesome and the work I saw on these sites make me embarrassed to even think of posting anything I have ever done in my life. These guys do some of the best work I have ever seen bar none. They are relacing all the spokes on their wheels, making new wheels and hubs, stacking PE parts to make their engine jugs, making working chains link by link and that's just the start. It was hard to tell which was a model and which was the real thing. They do like to weather their stuff, and with me doing military until now, that is right up my alley. They have all of their marbles in one bag for sure. Here's a link to one of the sites for some detail parts. Check it out and click on some links and surf around looking at the work. It's all in stick letters, but pictures are in our language. :-) I'll learn a lot from looking at how they did things, just wish I could read that stuff to learn more.

Ted

edit: forgot the link: http://www.cosmos-factory.com/shop/index.html
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 3:15 AM
hey ted, i just checked out that site, man thats some nice stuff. i feel like you do , i wouldnt put my junk up against stuff like that either. i dont like to put that muck time and energy into a model though. i basicly try to go for the good-looking shelf model with only details that catch someones eye just from looking at it . i go as far as engine wires and all that jazz on my cars, but i dont do brake lines and all that. i think if my skills were better i would do all that, but hey , we only build to please ourselfs anyway right?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 9:31 PM
There is a company called "Toy Zone" that produces 1/6 die cast of one or two of Arlen Ness' custom choppers. You might be able to use the wheels/tires from these units. They cost around $40 Canadian (approx $30 USD). Hope this helps.

Ray
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 6, 2003 7:09 PM
RE 1/6th tires... been using a tip from a friend to "grow" parts. Am creating a 1/8th 409 Chev engine from 1/25th scale by using Micro-Makr (smooth-on RTV. Mold the 1/25th part in the RTV soak the mold for 2 days in Coleman lantern fuel. (White Gasoline) Mold expands thre time 'gennie size. You get one casting from the "grown" mold before doing again. Do this three times and you are in 1/8th scale.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 6, 2003 7:26 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Beemer

There is a company called "Toy Zone" that produces 1/6 die cast of one or two of Arlen Ness' custom choppers. You might be able to use the wheels/tires from these units. They cost around $40 Canadian (approx $30 USD). Hope this helps.

Ray


That's the one I was trying to think of in my earlier post. I've found them on Ebay for $20.00 and I guess I'll have to try one out. I may make a mold for resin casting them so I can go chopper crazy. I'm half way there now, I'm crazy, so now I need the chopper part. Thanks for reminding me of the name.

Robert, if the Arlen Ness thing won't work out, or if I need some other parts, I'm gonna try your idea. Thanks for the tip.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 6, 2003 7:31 PM
I use Alumilite's 70A casting rubber in my tires. Shore hardness of 70. Great detail and can "pull" atire in 20 minutes. I make a "donut" that I suspend in my tire mold to cut down weight of the tire and conserve product cost. Works great on R/C cars and no flat tires on display shelves. Would workn well on model aircraft.
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