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FROM THE June 2009 ISSUE

Making full Moon hubcaps

Tip: A recent trip to a sporting-goods store triggered a memory of something I used to do as a kid building models during the 1970s: make full Moon hubcaps from table-tennis balls.

Determine the size Moon you need by laying a circle template over the wheel of choice, then lay that template over a table-tennis ball, and trace a pencil line around the section of ball that sticks up through the template.

Cut along that line with a hobby knife or scissors, and you have a perfect domed Moon hubcap.

Back then I used Testor's silver paint, but better results can now be achieved with Bare-Metal foil or Alclad II.

Table-tennis balls are cheap, and you can get four discs per ball - or more if you want Baby Moons. Just avoid the seam around the middle.

And the balls are plastic, so it goes along with the integrity of keeping as much of the car as "plastic" as possible!

- Arnie Chamberlain
Tempe, Arizona

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