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Russ P24/04/2019 08:58:16
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I'm building a Gloster Gladiator and thought I would build the wheels. Any advice or link to a thread giving me some pointers. Also where can I get the rubber for the tyres.


Denis Watkins24/04/2019 09:17:05
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The build process of wheels means that Size Matters

What size wheels Russ ?

Russ P24/04/2019 09:41:13
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I haven't got the plan with me at the moment. I think it says use William brothers 41/2 in or it could be 4 3/4.

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Russ P24/04/2019 09:49:51
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I think I've read somewhere you can use neoprene, not sure that's right though.

Plummet24/04/2019 10:23:18
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I made some wheels for a smallish model by sandwiching some thin fibreglass between balsa sheet . I drilled out the centre and inserted a bit of brass tube. I mounted it on some threaded rod and spun it in a drill while sanding it to shape. I made a groove around the rim to take the tyre. I got a length of circular section neoprene sealing strip, cut a suitable length of it, and butt glued it with cyno to make a circular tyre.


Russ P24/04/2019 10:39:13
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That sounds like just the thing I wanted. Didn't think of the fibreglass idea, sounds good.

Tony Bennett24/04/2019 10:43:10
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I designed some for my 3d printer and used thread for the spokes.

I also printed some for my Hawker Fury project, i used neoprene for the tyres.


McG 696924/04/2019 11:04:58
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Hi Russ,

If it can be of any help, I made some wheels for my Vicomte 1916 WW1 type monoplane.

Here are some pics >





I used a 6mm balsa core, some ply for the rims, some small ply roundels to give it some thickness, bits of ABS tubing for the bearings and a neoprene 12mm chord for the tires...

Probably your Gladiator wouldn't need the 'spokes', but the basic idea might be the same.

If you want some construction details & materials, please visit my Vicomte build blog starting page 14 & following.



Russ P24/04/2019 16:04:49
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That's a great help, thank you all.

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