All the wheels I've seen on this kind of railtractors have spoked wheels.
I have thought of using model car wheels but I didn't find any with the right size and a good looking spoking pattern.
An other idea is using model pulley. I can find them with the right size but they aren't spoked.
Making them myself? I have no idea how to do that. I don't have a lathe or a milling machine and want to keep the costs low.
Any help ans suggestions are welcome. I want to build something in O scale.
Last edited on Sat May 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm by Alwin
There were several pole road locomotives that had pressed steel disc wheels that were plain steel without the ribbed pressings as shown on the NZ Railway's Fordson. I have seen photos of them, but can't find any on the web at present.
This link could also be used to fabricate the pressed webs as shown on the NZ Railways Fordson - just don't drill out the middle layer. I wouldn't let the "correct" size of the wheels worry you too much. For these outfits, quite often there was no "correct" size as the same machine may have had different sized wheels as either things "wore out" or "that didn't work, but we have these other bits that might work"
Unanderra in oz
This one that Ray posted looks like the wheels could be made easy enough from styrene.
The harder part will be making the rims but the spokes could be sheet styrene. Not sure of how strong they would be if you plan on powering it up.
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