1913 Model T Van, part 11

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The kit comes with rubber tires that you stretch over the plastic wheels.  The wheels are substantial, so you don't risk snapping them in half during this process.

From the examples I've seen, the real life wheels were natural wood or painted.  I opted for semi-gloss black.  The tires have a nice tread.

My second kit's tires were defective with a mottled surface, but one of those four was in decent condition on one side.  These extras will be used for something else.

You are to sand the hub parts so the wheels turn freely.  I've never been a fan of the phrase sand to fit, but these worked relatively well.  I left them a little stiff so the Model T doesn't roll away on me, but one ended up really stiff.  If it doesn't end up spinning in the end, I won't worry about it.  Since I opted to make these parts black and thought added paint would hinder functionality, I colored the sanded edges with a Sharpie.

This was by far the easiest part of the building process.  :D


Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Oh...that looks so nice! I really like how the tire looks...and I think black was the way to go... too busy otherwise.
11/08/16 @ 20:24
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Great result! They will look really good on the van.
11/08/16 @ 21:01
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]
They're so cute and skinny! I bet you know exactly where those extra tires are going, and I can't wait to see!!!
11/09/16 @ 00:08

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