View Full Version : Wheel Painting jig

13th Jun 2011, 01:07 PM
I purchased this from Ebay today. I was going to make one, but for the price, it was hard to pass up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/N-Scale-Wheel-Weathering-Jig-33-Wheel-/360371209896?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D4%26po%3D LVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D621359204224122016

13th Jun 2011, 04:15 PM
Nice find Seam, that's pretty cool.

13th Jun 2011, 04:45 PM
I saw these earlier, but completely forgot about them. I agree, they look to be a useful tool. Thanks, Sean, for adding the info and the link!

6th Dec 2011, 09:25 PM
Cool! I have some scrap foam laying around. After I seal it, I'll use it to make my own.
Thanks for the inspiration!


7th Dec 2011, 03:49 PM
That's pretty sweet... good find!

7th Dec 2011, 05:17 PM
I'll be honest, I just hold mine and use a micro brush to wipe a little Pollyscale Roof brown on the sides, they turn out great every time.

7th Dec 2011, 05:26 PM
Since this thread is 6 months old ( give or take a few days)....

Sean, how well does it work?

Also, how does it hold up to an airbrush?


7th Dec 2011, 06:16 PM
It works OK. It is best when working in large batches. Cleaning an airbrush adds to the work... so the more you do at one time the better.

My problem with the particular device is that the fingers are a little too long, so they do not hold the wheels tight enough. I added a zip tie to the fingers to slid up and hold better. The other thing that needs to be done is a dot of oil or grease needs to be applied to the point of the axel so that paint does not stick to it and make your wheels roll less smoothly. Once the wheels are dry you can just wipe the oil/grease off.

Over all I would give it a B+.

7th Dec 2011, 07:16 PM
It actually looks like a nice tool, but on my budget I go for multi use items like scewers.

7th Dec 2011, 08:18 PM
That will work great if you're hand painting, but if spraying then the treads will get painted as well. That is the advantage of the jig.

7th Dec 2011, 09:22 PM
That will work great if you're hand painting, but if spraying then the treads will get painted as well. That is the advantage of the jig.

Maybe I'm cracked but prototype "treads" are usually cleaner metal. I've seen people spray them and then roll them over rails with a wet paper towel to clean them before the paint dries. Different strokes I guess, I'm just glad people are painting their wheels!
From another thread on this board:

EDIT: I just looked closer at the spray jig and it holds the wheelsets by the threads, keeping them clean. Whomever came up with that idea is one step smarter than me!

9th Dec 2011, 12:18 AM
Interesting jig. Being acrylic they ought to be easy to clean.