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Another Super Seven (Part 12)

Kit / Model  

Seven Based Custom

Manufacturer  

Scratch

Item Code  

Scratchbuilt Seven

Scale  

1/12

Description  

Tires from scratch.

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Category  

Cars

Project status  

In progress

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This is the beginning of the tire master. Again I utilized PVC from the hardware store; this time a plumbing fitting that was just about the right size. It was a little thin on material where I wanted to make the sidewall, so I built it up with some CA so I could have more curvature to the sidewall.
I cut the sidewall on the lathe freehand but used traditional tools to cut the bead; the tread was cut on the mill. The tread is patterned after an Advan tire.
I added the sidewall detail and lettering.
I use Legos to make my mold frames. (The plug in the center of the tire master is made of Renshape.)
Not only are the Legos easy to work with and reusable, they also can be stacked to fit more molds in the vacuum/pressure vessel. This is the rim master on top of the tire master to cast the first half of the molds.
Here is the mold and a casting from it for the outer rim for the wheels.
Here is the first cast tire on the first cast rim outer. I cast both parts from molds I made off masters I created. The tire is hollow and easily stretches over the one piece rim. It is so soft and pliable that it should “squat” under the weight of the car.
Back:
I’ve been casting centers for the wheels too. Still not sure which design I’ll use, the five spoke or the web, or maybe something different all together…
Here’s the set of five tires and outer rims I have made for it. I’m ready to get back to part and pattern making. Prototype work is more rewarding than “production” work.

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by: Mario Covalski (marioc) on 2013-04-04 - 13:48

The grey wheel definitively!!!!