View Full Version : Need 5" wheels for WW1 Albatross DIII

08-14-2005, 03:50 AM
I can't find wheels anywhere. I know Willaims went out. So what are you guys doing to fininsh these kits?

It's a 65" DIII and I'm going to make it electric.


Larry Marshall
08-14-2005, 07:39 PM
Dubro is now selling 5.6" and 7" wheels that look just like the Williams Bros wheels. You might check with them (www.dubro.com)

Cheers --- Larry Marshall

08-15-2005, 03:16 AM
You are the man.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

I love this site.

08-18-2005, 01:39 AM
Do a serach on the E-zone for spoke wheels/WWI. Dottney explains how. have fun... One of these days I will make some

09-06-2005, 07:54 PM
Hey fellas, I was recently invited to the grand opening of the Williams Bros. line, now under new ownership. I'm pretty sure they'll be producing the entire line again. I'll find out when I get there. Chip-Chip, Peerio!

09-07-2005, 07:05 AM
Check out Tower.
A couple of years ago I bought a GP Dr1 Triplane from them.
The first thing I noticed was the extremely light and correct
style wheels.
At that time they were selling the wheels for replacement
parts for the aircraft I think they were 8 dollars a pair.
I don't know if they still have them or not, check it out.

09-07-2005, 12:05 PM
They have been out for some time.

09-08-2005, 04:52 AM
Well, that sucks. . . . :(
I did order and extra pair. I should have got a half dozen pair I
The only thing that I don't like about the Williams Bros vintage
wheels I have is their weight.

09-08-2005, 01:29 PM
Can you drill holes and cover with cloth to lighten them?

09-09-2005, 03:45 AM
Have you checked out the wheels at Hobby Lobby International? They have a pretty good assortment of wheels. Just a thought!

09-09-2005, 12:13 PM
Yes, went there a while back but they don't have the right style. I went with Dubro's. They are 1/2" larger but that should work out OK. I went through Tower Hobbies.

Walt Thyng
09-09-2005, 03:47 PM
I sometimes use wheels from those umbrella baby strollers. They are very light and usually free if you don't mind garbage picking. Takes a little work to cover the one side, but you can't beat the price.

09-09-2005, 04:24 PM
Not a bad idea, compared to spending $28.

09-15-2005, 08:15 PM
you can make wheels from 1/8" aircraft plywood and some blind nuts and a little bit of the grey foam that is used to seal the gaps between the concrete sections of tip up buildings. They come out fairly light, you can cover them , and they are the right shape.
The 8 3/4" ones on my DR1 are 5 years old, and still going strong.
used the same method on the D V1... D V111 and E 111 cost is about 4 dollars a set.

04-15-2006, 05:09 PM
forgot www.3seabees.com (http://www.3seabees.com) for wheels suitable for WW1 and vintage type models.