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Hi all,

So the Fightertown VF-32 Swordsmen sheet comes with decals for tires (Good Year / Aircraft Rib)... question: Can I just put them straight onto the Hasegawa rubber tires? Or do I need to glosscoat the tires first then mat coat over them? I imagine that if I glosscoat over them the paint will chip... no? How have you guys done it?

-Greg

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When I built a lot of NASCAR models, I always put decals on the tires...those big, white (later yellow) Goodyear logos just had to be there. First, I glossed the sidewall with Future (or other clear acrylic), applied the decal, re-Futured, then finished off with Dullcote. This technique should work in your situation.

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Future is an acrylic and remains flexible enough for your tires. When I was a young buck, newly enlisted in the USAF, we had to stand inspection in formation everyday. We all used a coat of Future on our spitshined boots to make them purdy. It worked on our combat boots, that's how flexible Future is.

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lgl,

Rubber tires are often fairly greasy with mold release agents so you really want to break out the tooth brush and a soap that cuts grease (dish soap or 409) to clean that garbage off.

The slick and slimey nature of rubber tires makes them fairly immune to the usual paint-based tricks for creating realistic tires in scale. Here's a car-builder's trick for developing a bit of wear on the tread surface: Chuck the tire in your Dremel and spin it at a fairly low speed while gently tapping it on a piece of 1200-ish sand paper. If you were trying to show a racing slick in all its filthy molten glory, you'd use a more aggressive sand paper and much longer taps (to develop some actual melting). But since you're dealing with a jet, 1200 and very quick, light taps will do the trick. This will develop a bit of "tooth" in the slick and slimey surface of the rubber and allow your pastels and flats to find some purchase on the tire's tread.

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