Thread Tools
Jun 17, 2001, 04:18 AM
Registered User

How to make scale WW I aircraft wheels?


Has anyone any tips for making scale WWI aircraft wheels or somewhere that sells the for a reasonable price (in the UK preferably)? I want some 2.5 inches diameter

These wheels tend to be expensive in my experience

Regards,
Trev
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Jun 17, 2001, 04:27 AM
Grand Poobah of Nothing
Trizza's Avatar
An article in EFI recently (Jan or Feb 2001 I believe) described a way to make them in great detail.
Jun 17, 2001, 09:01 AM
BillBowne
BillBowne
Guest
If you want them quicker and easier, try this:

Sandwich two layers of 3/16" balsa sheet over a core of 1/8" light ply.

Cut the whole thing to a round shape.

Using pencil or felt-tipped pen, draw where the inner edge of the tire/tyre will be.

Drill through the center. The hole has to be big enough to hold a bolt, and will be (mostly) filled in later.

Mount the assembly on a machine screw/bolt, then tighten one or two nuts onto the bolt to hold the wheel blank firmly in place.

Chuck the assembly in a Dremel, drill, etc. (I don't have a lathe, so I don't know if one would work).

With the blank spinning at a comfortable speed, use a sharp X-Acto knife (WELL-BRACED!) shape the blank as needed.

When done, remove the wheel from the bolt, drill out the hole, and insert a (preferably) pre-drilled-out piece of dowel. This will be the wheel bearing.

Paint as needed.

Wheels done this way will work very well on grass. When the wood starts showing through the "rubber", I use a black marker to cover it up.

Bill B.
Jun 18, 2001, 02:05 AM
Grand Poobah of Nothing
Trizza's Avatar
For really good looking spoked wheels the EFI method is great though.
Jun 19, 2001, 02:51 PM
Registered User
Many thanks for the advice

Regards,
Trev


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to Make a Micro-Scale Bell 412!!! pitts Micro Helis 142 Feb 26, 2012 08:19 PM
How to make small lightweight wheels? Compared to store-bought? Martin Hunter Scratchbuilt Indoor and Micro Models 8 Sep 20, 2005 03:16 PM
Wheels and machineguns for 1/4 scale WW1 aircraft mario alvarez Scale Fuel Planes 3 Mar 18, 2005 10:45 AM
[P51D]How to make EPP scale planes that are light and almost unbreakable mimei Foamies (Kits) 2 Dec 15, 2004 07:03 AM
How to make scale smoke from electric powered planes. KOMET 44 Electric Plane Talk 0 Sep 08, 2001 07:05 PM