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does anyone know how to safely take the wheels off an autoart or maisto without damaging the model?
 

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I can't help you with removing the wheels from an AUTOart but this is what DX said about removing and swapping the wheels from a Maisto...

Just unscrew the base plates that hold the axles in place and replace the wheels which ever wheels you want and then screw the base paltes back on. Look underneath the model and you will then see what I'm talking about, wheel swapping is a very easy task.
 
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Please let me know what sized screw driver you find for the odd sized screws on the AUTOart. :?:

They seem to be the biggest pain in getting off the undercarriage. :???:
 
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Please let me know what sized screw driver you find for the odd sized screws on the AUTOart. :?:

They seem to be the biggest pain in getting off the undercarriage. :???:
um, these can't be unscrewed, i use a large screwdriver for the larger screws and a 1/43 maisto one ( comes with 1/43 assembly line series) for the smaller ones
 
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A Jewellers screw driver will undo the screws on the AUTOart models. Be warned though that you need to be careful when putting them back in because the screws leave a fine slither in the thread when you undo them as you are screwing steel into an alloy of sorts and they bite together like mad if you dont clean the thred of the screw and the hole thread first to remove debris.

I have had screws that bite so hard into the metal of the models that they are welded solid (due to the friction and heat created from screwing them back in or out)

Do one turn in and half a turn out until the screw goes in without any troubles
 
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With a CC model it sometimes dependss on the model. What is it that you are trying to remove the whells from?

Sometimes the centre covers need to be removed to reveal a small screw that you undo to get it off.

On the front there may be a screw on the inside of the front axles that you can undo to remove the wheels, otherwise they are on with plastic split style pins and if that is the case you need to use a small flat bladed screwdriver and work your way around the axle to remove it

But be warned that there is a good chace that the plastic clips will break
 

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but this is what DX said about removing and swapping the wheels from a Maisto...

Just unscrew the base plates that hold the axles in place and replace the wheels which ever wheels you want and then screw the base paltes back on. Look underneath the model and you will then see what I'm talking about, wheel swapping is a very easy task.
I wanted to change the wheels on my Maisto XK8, and give her an X-Type wheels, i unscrewd the base plate, and now what i do, i need to pop off the wheels ? Im affraid to brake them when i pull them :cry:

cant i just change the axles between the 2 cars, or it just wont fit :?
 
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a few of you have done wheel swaps on AUTOart's but no one has come forward and spilled the beans???? there's also the matter of Car Lover's XK8. Is it really going to hurt if you tell other collectors the tricks of the trade??
 
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I haven't done anything with a Maisto Jag but I did remove wheels from Maisto C5, Lambo SV and the Copperhead and the process was the same on all 3. You just have to pry the wheels off and make sure that you put same amount of pressure from both sides so the wheel is coming off straight. If you start bending the axle in one direction too much, it will most likely snap.

When removing wheels on Ertl's RX7, you have to pry off the centre cap to get at the Philips screw hidden under it. I've never done wheel removal on my AUTOart's, they're all too precious to me. ;-) :sm:
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G'day all,
I just going to start moding my first model and i have a quick question has anybody removed the wheels from a 1:18 AutoArt VY Commodore I have one that came damaged so I'm going to modify it by swapping parts from another model..
I just dont want to stuff the rims up taking them off..
Thanks in advance for any help on this subject.

Cheers,

Wayne
 
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2 small flat blade screw drivers inside the wheel and axle mount and gently apply pressure to the wheel with the screw driver while slowly turning the wheel.

They come off pretty easy... got 4 VY SS wheels off without breaking the axles at all. I hope you can too!
 
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