Curved spoke wheels
- Hello folks, calling folks
Some people on this list may be interested to know that New Zealand
manufacturer North Yard has released an 8mm diameter seven-curved-
spoke wheel. It's intended as a 1:64-scale replica of a 20-inch
diameter ‘Edgar Allen Cast Steel, Sheffield’ wheel that was common on
bush trams in New Zealand, but serves equally well as a a 10 inch
wheel in 1:32 scale or an 11 inch wheel in 1:35 scale. The wheel
consists of a moulded plastic centre with a blackened brass tyre to
RP25 Code 88 profile. It's part 2163B in the North Yard catalogue.
North Yard hasn't produced an axle yet -- the wheels are sold
individually for mounting on your own axles. They're designed to fit
on 1.2mm brass axles; North Yard sells straight brass wire suitable
for the job.
These wheels are an advance on anything available in the past as all
components have been produced specially for the job, instead of
adapting the wheel design to use existing British OO-gauge tyres and
axles. As a result the rim and hub are much closer to scale.
Some North Yard parts are available from Branchlines in England, but
I don't know if they are stocking these wheels. Alternatively North
Yard do direct sales and can take payments by Visa card. The export
(NZ tax-free) price for these wheels is nzd1.35 each. Their email
address is <northyard@...> (no web site). I've put a photo in
the photos section if you want to see what they look like.
De Selby Research