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Weathering tires

Tirewear
Tire Wear in Seconds

TOM: Several issues ago, we presented a tool for weathering tires, which required a lathe to machine some of the parts. Gary Kosowan of Ontario, Canada, has come up with an alternative that makes short work of aging model tires of any scale:

“Here’s a jig I put together using 1-inch wooden craft beads, a 3⁄8-inch x 31⁄2-inch carriage bolt, and a 3⁄8-inch nut. Slide one of the wooden beads onto the bolt, followed by a tire and the other bead. (The holes in the beads might need to be enlarged for the bolt to fit.)

“Tighten the nut to secure the tire between the beads. Chuck the bolt into a cordless drill or drill press and hold a file or sandpaper against the tire to weather the tread. The jig works on wide or skinny tires and keeps the tire centered while spinning.”

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