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Old 08-31-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone make scale spoked wheels which would work for models in the scale range of the small to large Guillow WW-1 stuff as in 16" to about 24" span? I talking about scale wheels that have real wire like spokes. Not the plastic baby buggy wheels with 4-5 big plastic spokes.
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Does anyone make scale spoked wheels which would work for models in the scale range of the small to large Guillow WW-1 stuff as in 16" to about 24" span? I talking about scale wheels that have real wire like spokes. Not the plastic baby buggy wheels with 4-5 big plastic spokes.
They are not cheap $84.95

http://www.arizonamodels.com/index.php/cPath/23

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Ouch they are proud of those!

These are much more reasonable but likely too big for that size plane.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXCLX7&P=ML

What size do you need?
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Well, that's too bad, way over priced for my pocketbook, plus most are way too big. I would need ones about one inch in diameter or 25mm, maybe a little more, maybe a little less. Right now I am fantasizing about doing Roland Garros's Bleriot #12 that he flew here in Fort Worth in 1911. They are doing a dedication of part of the property where he and a couple of other guys made the first lights here in Ft. Worth. An alternative is to cast the wheels in clear resin.

Gotta get on it if I am going to get it done.

I remember a flying model hobby shop, Edd Alexanders, back in the 80's that had a big selection of these wheels and I just assumed they would always be available. Maybe there was more third world labor back then...
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That is small - I am not sure of any that size.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXWAD5&P=7

These are the smallest I could find. No spokes but you will have a hard time finding those commercially. The vast majority were "covered" anyway so you don't see the spokes.

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Definitely the Bleriot wheels were not covered. Because the whole plane was kind of skeletonized the clunky bicycle wheeled undercarriage is an important part of the look of the thing.
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Yep agree... You will have to make your own - I suspect. Sorry man!
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Takes some practice to make a good spoked wheel, but its worth it.

It helps to find a friendly bicycle shop that will let you watch them respoke a wheel.

The commercially made ones are expensive because they are labor intensive to make and there is a low demand.
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Here's a copy of an article on the 'lost jig' method, probably the similar to the youtube video above.


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I've made a couple pair. Not one inch small but shouldn't be too difficult. As far as spokes I'd use either a carbon fiber thread or a nylon thread (won't be hairy). Trick is the hub and making a wiring template on stuff that small. Will see if I can get some pics for ya. I used a small wire but was much harder to get taught than line. After some paint, I prefer the line over actual wire.
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Thanks. I was looking into doing a Bleriot park flyer. If I do it I don't think I will go to the trouble but I might try casting clear hubs in dental acrylic to give the illusion in flight, or having some circles cut in plexiglass.

I recall one of the flying model shops in Ft. Worth had a big selection of beautiful small scale spoked wheels in the 80's. At the time I was a serious small scale plastic modeler but I was struck by how nice they were. I think they were fairly reasonably priced. Now that we have affordable and effective mini rc and electric power I find myself wishing I had stocked up on some as I did some of the old Guillows which I will now never build due to the much more flyable laser cut derivatives available today.

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Once you have a wheel and hub, lacing can be done very quickly. For tires I use vacuum tubing sold at automotive stores for pennys by the foot.

Dang... I tried to link a photo to photobucket... guess it didn't work.
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Anyway if you want some tips and or pointers I'd be happy to help. They really aren't all that hard to make.
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