I tried a different approach to these wheels since Pete suggested that heavier wheels would be beneficial in providing some needed weight in the short D.VIII nose. (I normally do wheels this way
So I searched out some appropriate tire material and settled on #18 O-Rings from Lowe's (a home improvement store in the US). Cut out Depron hubs, beveled the front, added 1/16 Aluminum tube centers, applied tissue, and added the tires. They spin nearly
true on the .8mm wire axle I plan to use.
I had to mask and paint Pete's outer wheel covers since it's near impossible to apply a tissue decal to the cone while keeping a straight stripe. The picture below is photo deception - the stripe is in fact straight. Note that I painted Pete's tires the correct gray - haven't decided on mine since I like a subdued black/gray.
Now I just need to tone down the weathering and do some minor touch up.