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Re: Scale tires [TANKS]
Wed, 01 Aug 2007 16:02:58 -0700
Rick Dulas wrote:
> If you decided that the 21st Century tires were sufficiently accurate,
> then making the master is taken care of. If you have a CNC mill with a
> 4th axis, you could probably make the aluminum mold directly and
> bypass most of the fiddly bits of this process. And if you were really
> ambitious, there are lots of people that would pay $5 to $10 per tire.
> The material costs per tire are about $1.50. Depending on what your
> time is worth, you could break-even selling as few as 25 to 50 tires.
> One Deuce and a Half requires 10 tires on the ground and 1 or 2
> spares. The Greyhound, M-8 or M-20, require 6 tires.
Unfortunately my mill is only 3 axis but I do have a rotary table
with dividing plate so it would be doable still. I'll have to give this
some serious thought, I enjoy making unique things such as this but for
now my plate is rather full with the tank fabrication.