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Jeff W Inactive Member14 Feb 2012 11:49 a.m. PST

Anyone done broken down wrecks of diecast vehicles with flat tires? Any suggestions on how to do it? I was thinking of just paring the tire back to the hub and remodeling with greenstuff, but if anyone has a quicker method, I'd appreciate it.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Feb 2012 11:54 a.m. PST

Might experiment with heating with a cigarette lighter, then smashing the vehicle down on a suitable surface. (I assume the tires are rubber or plastic?)

Mako1114 Feb 2012 12:22 p.m. PST

Yea, that'd probably work best.

A dremel, or grinder would work too.

The hot, metal bar, pushed forcefully against the tire would probably work best though, in order to help control the melting, and to get the desired shape.

WeeSparky14 Feb 2012 12:27 p.m. PST

A cheap non-stick frying pan?

I would definitely recommend disassembling the vehicles and doing just the axle and tires.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2012 1:31 p.m. PST

If you've got a soldering iron, it would probably melt things in a nice controled fashion. If you don't have one, you can probably get one from harbor freight for a couple bucks.

CorSecEng Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2012 5:19 p.m. PST

I tried to make a wreck by smashing the car with a hammer a few dozen times and burning it.

It works but don't expect any of the plastic to survive :) They look great as burned out husks.

I've never tried to do flat tires. Could be hard to get it to look like a flat tire and not a slightly melted tire.

000 Triple Aught Inactive Member14 Feb 2012 11:38 p.m. PST

I agree with the others that if the tires are plastic, heating (not melting) them and then pressing the heated plastic against a flat non-stick surface would be the best method.

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