…I wish die-cast cars in this scale came with more realistic-looking tires to begin with. But remodelling them would probably be big enough of an undertaking to stall my project completely.
Tires? Most Hotwheels cars are 1/64 scale https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-64-Scale-Alloy-Wheels-Brake-Caliper-Rubber-Tires-fr-Matchbox-Tomy-Tarmac-Works/283634215203?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D60256%26meid%3Df1b6d4f7924c42d2bdc1f59ab10ced46%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D153645418471%26itm%3D283634215203%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Those are somewhat better, in that they don’t look like racing slicks, but they still have the extremely wide rims and extremely narrow sidewalls.
I’ve been thinking that I could approximate the appearance of treads on the standard tires by painting on ridges of PVA glue or even just thick paint, which would then be painted over as normal. It wouldn’t be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be. The rims and sidewalls, on the other hand, are a problem that seems to defy an easy fix without replacing the tires entirely (or maybe covering them up with some kind of armour discs, which might be an idea worth exploring).
I know the North Star Implements of Carnage sprue comes with more realistic-looking tires, but they’re too large for most Hot Wheels and other 1/64 die-cast cars. They were made to fit the Teamsterz brand of cars, which have somewhat more cartoonish proportions than most other brands (especially noticeable in the size of the tires on some of the cars). Besides, the Implements of Carnage tires have an off-road look about them, which suits some of my cars but not all.
EDIT: Rims, not hubcaps.