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What's the Matter ? don't like plastic wire Wheels ?

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  • Member since
    October 2008
What's the Matter ? don't like plastic wire Wheels ?
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:59 PM

Well , then don't put up with them ! There is a way to do your own Real wire wheels !  I am no good with photo posting so pay attention ! take your wheels , front and rear halves and remove All the Chrome !

 Now lay the front ( outside wheel half ) on the table in front of you . Make  sure you have good lighting and a white surface under where you are working . Find a drill bit that is almost correct , only on the smaller size .

 Before you do anything else , make sure you have the fine Stainless wire you will need on the bench . Now , put the drill in the Chuck and definitely make sure it is straight as you can get it . 

 The drill bit being straight is important , because you will be drilling upward toward the wheel center . Now trim off a wire and clean up where it was  , after marking it's spot on the rim .

    Now take a sharp object , such as a small awl or needle and mark a spot on the outside of the rim about .010 down from the front edge. Set your drill in the dimple and patiently drill your hole . You can slant the drill After you get breakthrough !

 Make a dimple (Light ) in the wheel center piece even with the other wires . Now drill about .010 in from the edge . remove the drill .Slide the wire in the two holes and Glue with C.A the the rim .

 I learned a trick here . Cut your wire first and let it be a little shorter ( about.020) than the length you need . This insets the wire in the rim !  That little dimple when you apply the super glue  forms a retainer cone  so that after Zip - Kicker it is flush at the rim .

 I hope this was clear till now . Now do this a full Quarter of the way around .Fill in with the second layer of wire as you go .The Quartering keeps the wheel center and rim straight and true ! 

  Do the wheel back the same way and then cement the two halves together as soon as you can . You will have the stainless wire in the  wheel .Hit the rim with a MOLOTOW pen and you are good to go .  Happy Wiring .-- O.C.G.


  • Member since
    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, June 1, 2018 5:58 AM

To be honest, there's nothing wrong with plastic wire wheels if somebody would produce some decent ones.

I've never been able to figure out why it seems to be so difficult for the kit companies to produce some convincing wire wheels in 1/25th scale.

I bought a few sets of Modelhaus wheels a few years back and they were wonderful!

I don't know which wheels they used as their model, but they definately did them right.




  • Member since
    October 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:33 AM

Aha ;

       Thank You. I forgot about ModelHaus and started doing my own.Yeah, the hard way, One wire at a time . Actually, after the first two or three, I got to where I enjoyed making them .     O.C.G.



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