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  1. nickedw's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    I built the new Italeri 1/12th kit when it came out and was quite impressed with it.

    I always threatened to make some decent wire wheels (old school - ali, lathe, drilling lots of tricky small holes etc) for it but never got around to it.

    As I’m doing a lot more with CAD now, I thought I would have a crack at drawing and printing some instead.







    Just for fun, and with no expectation of success, I thought I would try printing them as-is:-



    Amazingly, my poor little printer very nearly managed to do it.

    However, it did prove that scale thickness spokes would be too weak using this technique, so back to the drawing board (screen? We need a new expression in 2021 I think)



    Welcome to my ‘patented’ print support/jig/stringing guide concept!



    The hub is printed separately so you can get at it to clear all the spokes holes, they are mostly printed but you cannot guarantee they are all free from resin Alfa 8C wire wheels at .3mm diameter, so I run a drill through them all. This is very easy as even if they are slightly clogged they form very obvious pilot holes and pull the drill down the correct path.

    The hub has a key way, which is then screwed into the former. The printed guide on the jig shows one of each of the 6 different stringing patterns to get you started. Finally the nipples are all printed separately too and just slide on. Lock the whole thing off with ultra-thin CA and you’re done.

    This isn’t quite right or finished, but for a first prototype, I’m quite pleased with it and it proves my little system.







    Thanks for looking,

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    Oh my!

    Did you hear that?

    All over the forum? Half of us just said "That's how to do it!" -and the other half moaned!

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    And here it is with paint compared to the full size original.



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    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
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    Pretty amazing!
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    Got hold of some 32SWG steel wire for the spokes, which is a bit stiffer and much better to work with. Not sure what this in AWG it’s .3mm anyway.



    Mainly though I have been tweaking the design so that all the holes print cleanly, and no drilling is required at all now. This doesn’t sound much, but actually it was quite a big deal and took many attempts to perfect.

    Thanks for looking,

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    Scale this up to 1/8th? And you've got the market cornered! With the popularity of this kit, there will probably be more in 1/12th. -and of course the Pocher crowd are always looking for improvements to those kits.

    I'm gladden to see you put your considerable talents towards something creative, and finally put aside those plans for world domination!!!!
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    I'm gladden to see you put your considerable talents towards something creative, and finally put aside those plans for world domination!!!! [/QUOTE]

    Not necessarily - this is just a bit of light relief from hollowing out the volcano.

    Nick
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    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
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    One on each corner now;-



    I’m just finalising the instruction manual and website, and will be producing these for sale very soon.


    Regards

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    I finished writing the manual for my wheels today if anyone is interested in seeing how they work

    https://unobtainium.digital/manuals/...heels-v1.0.pdf

    My website is also nearing completion where I will be offering these as well as other resin Alfa 8C wire wheels printed products very soon.

    Regards

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    Wow! Very nice! Straight to the point, easy to understand, extremely well laid out and illustrated!

    You have no future in politics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MODEL A MODEL View Post
    Wow! Very nice! Straight to the point, easy to understand, extremely well laid out and illustrated!

    You have no future in politics!
    Good to know!
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