Thanks in advance
Traction tyres have to be fitted to specially machined wheels that have a groove in them to take the tyre.
Often, after a period of time, the rubber tyres lose their tension and become loose, often falling off and becoming lost.
Any wheel that is fitted with a traction tyre is effectively insulated from the track and cannot take part in power collection. This is a serious issue.
After some time, modellers have found that the supply of traction tyres for a specific model have dried up and they can no longer get them.
And despite all the people who point to BullFrog Snot, I tried it out and it is truly awful. It is near impossible to get an even coating and the model ends up waddling its way down the track.
The most significant disadvantage though to my mind, is that it nullifies the important safety factor of allowing a locomotive to slip its wheels when the load is too great. By locking the wheels you are very likely to end up burning out a motor and possibly damaging a plastic body from the resultant heat.
If you need more power, add another locomotive to the consist, but avoid traction tyres like the plague.
" Follow the instructions, keep the wheels turning as it cures, it will self level to a very thin and grippy tire.
" .... And despite all the people who point to BullFrog Snot, I tried it out and it is truly awful. It is near impossible to get an even coating and the model ends up waddling its way down the track."
Proper application of BULLFROG SNOT is a bit of an acquired skill. The first few attempts rarely work perfectly, and that is generally due to using too much at once.
Follow the instructions, keep the wheels turning as it cures, it will self level to a very thin and grippy tire.
If you have lumps and waddles, you have an 'operator error'. Not to worry, we don't expect you'll run out of BULLFROG SNOT while experimenting.
Great success is available by removing old rubber bands and filling the slot with SNOT - in multiple layers, not all at once.
I got my self a little Airfix 14xx at the local train show last week.The traction tyre probably fits into a groove in the wheel. So by removing them you've created "hollow" wheels, which are lousy for grip.
The traction tires on the middle wheel set were dirty and saggy. So I removed them thinking that as it only needs to push an auto coach around things would be fine without them. Wrong.
It barely moves it's self without them as most of it's weight is over the rear axle. Some googling made me wonder about the tire thing altogether. The beginning of this thread talks of them as if they are some evil. do I get some new tires? Or do I try to re-ballast the loco to try to put some weight over the driving wheels?