On my HO track, I used wood dowels as Chris described. With a mini lathe, I cut grooves in the dowels and drilled well into one end. I painted the inside of the dowels black and some white on the outside and some red. I glued the dowels together to create complete barriers. It should work for 1/32 as well. Not a great pic, but you get the idea:
Just take cork from the last bottel of wine you had, fix it with a nail in the drilling machine - through the longitudinal axis - and make some grooves with a triangular file. After that, paint the cork with latex paint and connect couples of these tire staples with 2 thin cooper wires for a tire wall - if you've painted them blue and white or red and white, you might get excellent looking results - and it's cheap...
But I would suggest not to drink british wine - try something less dangerous
enjoy making tire walls - but dont drink too much wine in advance...
For those that want another take on the tyre wall build idea...Polos. Yes the mint with a hole can be painted any colour after being glued in sixes and it`s a very quick way to make a large amount. Just glue and paint with Humbrol paint and varinish with matt varnish. They are very robust and will last for donkeys too! Buy them in boxes from the supermarket and not a packet at a time though
Lots of great tips!
(especially the one about avoiding Britwine!)
I am deeply concerned about this though
QUOTE the couple of hundred corks that I have lying around. I haven't thrown one away in the 10 years that I've been in France.
That's only 20 a year - hardly more than a measly bottle a month!
Those tirewall tires look very close to scale. I'm more of a bourbon drinker but the many wine corks I've seen are much thicker than those pictured. I'd think they'd look more like heavy equipment tires, much like the lifesavers tip does.
Do they, and the pics just give the perspective of smaller tires...or what have I missed?
My wife and I have been collecting corks for about 2 years now for exactly this purpose, even got round to painting some of them... I read this post to her and discovered that lately she has thrown some away...
nevertheless we found the remaining ones and had a quick count...we're up to 177 (hic!) so given that probably 25 or so have gone in the bin.........
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