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missing part dilemma
Biggles2
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:13 AM UTC
I just scored an old Monogram MG on ebay - probably one of the last available. Seller described it as "used, but all the parts looked like they were there". Very fair price. I received it and examined it - the body was in perfect condition - all the chrome pieces were perfect and on the sprues - all the colored plastic parts present - four tires and gas tank in a small baggie. Instructions were included but yellowed after some forty years! I was satisfied with my purchase and began cleaning up and prepping the body parts, and checked the spare tire bracket to see how it attached to the rear. I also wanted to check the fit of the spare tire. Did I say four tires before? Missing one tire - the spare! Can't return it now that I've started the model. Anyone have any good ideas on replacing a missing skinny tire of particular dimensions?
southpier
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:36 AM UTC
could you use one for a male & make a female mold from RTV silicone?

then make a new tire from silicone? I have no idea what mold release would work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1oPfpo5fwY
Biggles2
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:50 AM UTC
I did think of something similar - making a squash mold (2 actually - half for each side), and using acrylic paste or putty for the casting. I don't want to spend 50-odd dollars for molding/casting supplies for one piece. Either way it won't look as good as the original tires. I'll save that for last resort!

KoSprueOne
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Myanmar
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 03:07 PM UTC
This kit?
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Vv0O84PJL._SL500_.jpg




Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 01:12 AM UTC
I wish I had a easy and cheap solution to your problem, but I don't.

As you said, trying to mold one could cost as much as $50 and the odds are it won't look that close to the original tires. If it were me, I'd go back on ebay try to buy a 2nd kit. I did a quick search and there is a unboxed kit for $15 while the one boxed kit is going for $50.

Try to buy the bagged kit asap, and if that fails put in a bid for the boxed kit. I can't imagine that these kits are that much in demand, but I really don't have any idea.

Please keep us informed as to how you solve this problem.

Joel
Spruslayer
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 02:04 AM UTC

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I just scored an old Monogram MG on ebay - probably one of the last available. Seller described it as "used, but all the parts looked like they were there". Very fair price. I received it and examined it - the body was in perfect condition - all the chrome pieces were perfect and on the sprues - all the colored plastic parts present - four tires and gas tank in a small baggie. Instructions were included but yellowed after some forty years! I was satisfied with my purchase and began cleaning up and prepping the body parts, and checked the spare tire bracket to see how it attached to the rear. I also wanted to check the fit of the spare tire. Did I say four tires before? Missing one tire - the spare! Can't return it now that I've started the model. Anyone have any good ideas on replacing a missing skinny tire of particular dimensions?


Here is an aftermarket kit South Eastern Finecast | No. SP03 | 1:24
https://www.scalelink.co.uk/acatalog/SP03.jpg
Biggles2
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Quebec, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 05:24 AM UTC
Thanks for the options!