Post by djg261971 on Sept 12, 2018 14:53:14 GMT -5
Thank you Leon!
And it's decalling time. I must say I'm pleased with how the decals behaved. No issues at all, they bedded down well after applications of Micro set and Micro Sol once the decals were on. The Ambulance has now had a Matt Coat, and is looking sweet. I'm really enjoying this build.
Post by moramarth on Sept 28, 2018 19:31:02 GMT -5
It's a bit odd, but ICM box art for their 1:35th Model T based vehicles shows some with black/grey tyres and some with off-white. However, all their 1:24th Model Ts have been shown with white tyres (and the 1913 Speedster - which I have - does have "rubber-like material" tyres in this colour), except the box art for the forthcoming 1912 Commercial which shows black-ish.
ICM's box art is not very consistent then is it "M"? I think I've got the tyre colour correct?
From what I've been able to gather from discussions on various fora, consistency isn't a problem, and "the right colour" very subjective. Bright white seems to be the least likely, with a pale Ivory or very light grey common. Adding carbon to the natural rubber made it more hard-wearing, but as well as black/dark grey tyres the darker rubber might only be used only for the tread area, with the walls of the tyre still being the lighter colour - the origin of "White Walls". These may have become whiter with the introduction of zinc to assist the vulcanising process. Except that on these "White Walls" the tread area might not be black/grey but dull orange; or even bright red, or the whole tyre could be bright red... With various small manufacturers doing their thing as well as the big companies, the number of possibilities seem endless, and are making my brain hurt: apparently some photographs suggest differing colours on the same vehicle. Spare a thought for the poor aircraft modellers of the period who seem to have even more choices, including pink. And then there's the Central Powers, with little access to natural latex and no workable synthetics despite having started research some years before hostilities started. The tyres on the Albatros D5a in the Australian National War Museum appear to have been shiny black except on the area in contact with the ground, where the paint had worn back to the natural colour of the wood! It would seem many Central Powers vehicles had wood or iron "Tyre" substitutes towards the end of the war, and despite much recycling of rubber they didn't even have enough to "Rubberise" fabrics for Gas Masks and had to switch to leather instead.
P.S., I was watching a recording of a recent documentary "The Flu that killed 50 million" earlier, there was a very brief clip of a small convoy of three ambulances (not Model "T"s, I think), the pale colour of the tyres was most noticeable.