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Old 03-18-2011, 04:40 PM
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Default HO Scale tire barriers.

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:17 PM
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:31 PM
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great look! I have not decided what to do with my boarders. This gives me a few ideas.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:17 PM
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Hey Downtowndeco, those are nice. I had made some of those out of old slot car tires I painted alternate red & white to put at the pit entrance / exit on my layout. What are you using?
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:43 PM
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I made a master out of some HO Scale model truck tires (which scale out perfectly), made a rubber mold & then cast them in groups of six using plaster. I might cast up a bunch & sell them if there is any interest. They look better in real life than the photos IMO .

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Hey Downtowndeco, those are nice. I had made some of those out of old slot car tires I painted alternate red & white to put at the pit entrance / exit on my layout. What are you using?
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:45 PM
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Default Tire barriers

They look great- the blu and yellow is a nice change from the usual colors i see. I started using some old tires as barriers myself around the track ner "sensitive items" and they have worked great. Just a little give i believe has saved many cars from body damage. The paint took some time to dry but i think it is because i used laquer paint unprimed instead of water based. I will try the water base next. Thanks for the great photo. Chris in nh
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:56 PM
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Very nice! This is some smart innovation in an area where it's sorely needed!
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:24 AM
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Downtowndeco,

Great stuff, they really look wonderful; exactly like the real ones in Mans.

One thought, however: have you considered making the barriers two or three rows wide in some places? This might look even better and even more realistic.

I'd be also interested in some long time experience. I wonder if it is your plaster barriers or your cars that suffer more from impacts or if this doesn't matter at all.

Please keep us posted; I always enjoy being updated on your progress.

Excellent work!
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:05 AM
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And , if you are lazy like me a quick trip to the auto parts store and your favorite tire shop gives you two more possibilities . I used 1 1/2" long lengths of 1/4" fuel hose . I marked it every 1/4" chucked it in a drill and using a piece of 80 grit sandpaper folded over a triangular file sanded a little groove at each 1/4th mark to simulate separation . (trust me it's easier to do than describe.) Viola ! A "stack" of tires .
Now , depending on what era you are trying to simulate you can hit your friendly tire dealer and for about $13-15 buy a tire tube , Or , if you are lucky , he'll have a used one lying around . Cut into strips and tied with "rope" (kite string) you can simulate the conveyor belt covering you usually see across the front of the tire barriers now .
If you wish to paint them dust on a couple light coats of a lacquer based paint . It sticks better to the rubber and won't flake off on impact .
The bonus is the walls are "soft" and wont tear up the cars as bad especially if you put the conveyor belt face on them .
This will also work for 1/43rd , 1/2nd , etc. Just use larger diameter hose in taller "stacks"to maintain the proportion .

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Old 03-19-2011, 04:16 AM
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Durf,

Do you happen to have some images?

Thanks and have a nice weekend!
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:47 AM
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Thanks much. It would just be a matter of stacking them deeper. I just did not have the space in this scene.

No damage problems. These are not glued down so if a car were to hit them they'd just tip over.

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Downtowndeco,

Great stuff, they really look wonderful; exactly like the real ones in Mans.

One thought, however: have you considered making the barriers two or three rows wide in some places? This might look even better and even more realistic.

I'd be also interested in some long time experience. I wonder if it is your plaster barriers or your cars that suffer more from impacts or if this doesn't matter at all.

Please keep us posted; I always enjoy being updated on your progress.

Excellent work!
Stephan
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You can also visit your local auto parts store or hardware store and get a piece of black silicone tubing the correct diameter. Then cut it into "tires" with an razor. After you have enough to work with...tie them together {weaving} in a tire wall pattern with black thread. You can then mount each end with a carefully hidden nail or screw so it will actually flex and move when a car runs into it. Also, to make the "tire wall" more realistic...brush on colored latex paints to simulate scuff marks. This method works great for HO scale...ill post my pic soon.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:15 PM
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No damage problems. These are not glued down so if a car were to hit them they'd just tip over.[/quote]

That means mine would be tipped over the vast majority of the time

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