Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Make'n white walls!!!

Late one night, I decided that I needed to put some white walls on a few of my 1:43 scale 1957 Chevy models that were in desperate need. I did what most of you would probably do, had a WHITE WALL PARTY!!!!! (sorry I didn’t invite any of you, it was kind of last minute)

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In this photo only the hard top in the foreground is plastic and all the rest are DIECAST 1:43 1957 Chevy models that were all lacking in the white wall department.

Before we get started here is my 1:1 so you can all see exactly what I was trying to replicate:

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Step 1:

We need to measure exactly how big of a white wall that will be needed:

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As you can see the white wall needs to come right up to the edge of the hubcap and will end somewhere on the tire sidewall. I usually try to pick a ‘natural’ spot, usually where a line is or the tread is starting.

I use my, handy-dandy straight from Harbor Freight, electronic calipers and measure exactly what the inner and outer diameter needs to be.

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Step 2:

I get out my laptop and open the Cricut software and design a doughnut to those exact dimensions. Then cut a strip of matte white vinyl, and mount it on a cutting map. Then we cut!!

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This is what you end up with:

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Step 3:

Application: I just use tweezers and my magnifying glasses and line them up as best I can with the hubcap.

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RESULTS:

Now here are just a few examples that show you how white walls really transform the whole look of the car:

Here’s just the front wheel done:

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In this example, you can see I had painted the outer most edge of the hubcap red, to simulate the steel wheel of the real car and then painted some of the detailing in the hub cap, including the center.

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This is the plastic model I just did white rings for the white walls and nothing else. Note, the lack of spinners on this model.

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This one has plastic molded on tires that were totally flat enough I actually cut out the red rings instead of painting them on

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Now this car I just finished detailing this week and am working on a full post to show off everything I did to it.

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You can see in this second picture, below, when not looking straight on, there is an unsightly black gap. The reason this happened is the tire curves inward before it meets the rim and the vinyl stays straight unless I were to cut it. In the post on this car I will show how I addressed this issue.

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Here’s an example of dirty vs clean white walls on my 1:1:

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Now do you all see how white walls really transform the whole look of a car?

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