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Old Feb 13, 2012, 01:07 AM
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Detailing Plastic wheel hubs

Not too long ago there was an artical in either model airplane or model aircraft about using some compound to detail the inner hub of plastic wheels. I believe they were Williams Brothers scale wheels for vintage aircraft.

I did not save that artical, does anyone have info or a link on detailing those hubs? As I recall, one took a compound, rubbed it gently on the wheels, then buffed off excess, making a nice detailed look to the wheel.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 08:15 AM
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Do you mean the equivalent of 'chroming' a wheel ?. As I remember quite a while ago a kit of some sort for chroming plastic 'things'.

The are probably some very good 'chrome' spray paints available now, Plasticote do one I have used. A Google on 'Chrome paint' will find more.

Or you could stick to planes that had 'hub-caps' , this one was cut from the bottom 'domed' section of a drinks can.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 09:04 AM
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No this was something rubbed on to make details like the molded 'spokes' pop out. Thank you for the reply though.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 01:52 PM
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I think I see what you mean.

On a pair of 4" Williams vintage wheels I have, the spokes only show near to the hub. I just dirtied the tops with a light stroke of a soft pencil down each one, then I wiped it round with a finger tip all in the same direction, (clock or anti). It gives lighter and darker side to the spokes. Looks Ok up close, but from a couple of foot it's hardly noticeable.
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 06:35 AM
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No this was something rubbed on to make details like the molded 'spokes' pop out. Thank you for the reply though.
I remember the article,don't know where-they also detailed a machine gun and made the details pop.Something from Flo-quil,I think.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 07:06 PM
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For the machine guns I have used used a product called Rub 'N Buff. Makes it look like worn metal.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Thanks guys. I believe the rub and buff is the one i was looking for.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 07:14 AM
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For the machine guns I have used used a product called Rub 'N Buff. Makes it look like worn metal.
For machine guns, Rub 'N Buff does work well. An alternative method is to paint the gun flat black, and rub it down with powdered pencil lead.

You may be surprised at how nice it looks.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 05:56 PM
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For the machine guns I have used used a product called Rub 'N Buff. Makes it look like worn metal.
Yeah-that's what I was thinking of...thanky.
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