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I build both, it's probably at least two or three reasons:

May 28 2012 at 10:00 PM
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Response to Why are we so different? Car modelers love rubber tires, airplane modelers hate them ...

Airplane / Armor Modelers often weather the subject, including tires and wheels, and paint simply doesn't stick too well to rubber / vinyl. I tend to like my car models pristine and shiny.

In years past, some rubber/vinyl tires (particularly in the AMT Tigercat kits) dissolved the hubs on the aircraft, some chemical reaction.

Tires on aircraft tend to be small and/or thin (take the wheels on a bomber, or a Boeing 777, for example, not to mention 1/48 and 1/72 scale fighters) it makes them hard to manipulate, and more likely to split open. It's just easier to paint them if they're well defined.

In the case of Armor kits, there are often so many wheels that I should imagine it's cost prohibitive.

Any other ideas out there?

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