Seems Revell goes back and forth between black and semi gloss for
aircraft tires and armor bogies. I printed out a bunch of their
instructions for reading during the commute.
I've always used flat black or Testors Rubber..unless the Army has
some poor grunt polishing tires with Armor All...
Musicman59 wrote the following:
Tires are not black, They are a variation between very dark grey when
new, or a lighter grey when old. Look at the tires on your car, unless
you have added a tire dressing, they are no different than what was
available in WWI.
Of course, mud and dirt will change the color.
I'll second that, and add that full gloss and full matt finishes are
also very rarely appropriate for *any* scale model. Maybe large scale
cars should be glossy, and "Special Night" finishes on British bombers
should be matt. Otherwise the lustre should be between slightly satin
and close to matt. I'd call this "scale lustre" but I'm sure the
arguments would never stop.
But different surfaces should have different lustre, and tyres are
mostly on the glossy side of satin. They should be dark grey, perhaps
with a bit of dark blue added.
That's where Testors Aircraft Interior black really does the job...it's
not really "black", it's a dark graphite color, and semi-gloss. You can
also rub it and change it's luster a bit in random places. Highly
Many years ago, Testors had a color called 'Rubber'. It was sort
of brownish-black, IIRC. It was in the little 1/4(?) oz bottles. I
haven't seen those locally in many, many years so I don't know if it's
still available or not.
Actually, tires were black. After a while would get a gray tinge on
sidewalls, bit of grey inside treads. where tires touched the runway,
were always black, usually new layer would be burned off at landing
(which explains the bit of smoke and those nice stripes on a perfectly
SR-71 tires were dull aluminum, bit of bright silver on edges,
discarded after 3 flights.
we did a bit of back channel horse trading with China Lake. They used
A-7s for pilotless drones, they'd get our crap tires, we'd get their
newer ones for our flight test A-7. Same with lots of other
At the time our company was still subsidiary of LTV which built the