Old Man Morin here, as discussed on the most recent Ghost Army Podcast, Anfernee recently challenged me to take my hobby to the next level while updating the vehicles for my Battle of the Bulge Americans. He saw that I was painting all my vehicles in variations of weathered white wash and the Rocket Man wanted more. He pointed out that many wheeled vehicles in the Ardennes in December of 1944 had... chains on their tires. Now I am never one for doing things the easy way so away I went and I thought I would share the process with you.
Please note that this is not the easiest process in the world and requires a lot of patience and maybe a secluded place where you can use colourful language when needed.
I started by heading over to our local shopping mall. I found a cheap, teenage girl accessory shop and picked up a couple of necklaces on sale that had suitably small linked chain. I then cut 4 equal lengths of chain that were slightly smaller than the circumference of the wheel. How did I find the circumference? Easy, I just coiled the chain around the wheel.
Important note: It is MUCH easier to do this with the wheels off of the vehicle.
I must stress that hurrying this process with end with ruined models and very frustrated you. The step by step allowed me to get this process done with relatively few tears. I then took a wheel and put a small line of superglue along the edge. I laid it on a flat surface and let it COMPLETELY dry. I did the other wheels while I waited for the wheel to dry.
Starting at the non-circular parts of the front of the tires, I then put a strip of glue from the front of the tire over the top to the back side. Like this.
Though I started with 4 wrap around chains per tire, I had extra chain and a few ugly spots to fix. I dry fit the tires (without glue) and saw that where I could add extra chains. You can see the dry run below. The front tire on the upper left had a non circular bump. I then took the tire and added another wrap chain at that point.
'Til next time...