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Old 02-16-2017, 05:34 PM   #11
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The hub or rim side to side is about 3/4" to 1". Just a guess as package is sealed and I don't want to break it open.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:45 AM   #12
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Ok thanks, they might actually be too wide for my axle anyways. I'll have to look for another option.
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Hello Tim, have you ever thought about making your own set of wheels as I have done that in the past and am building a set as we speak. Ply center disk, balsa outer and then a thin ply out to act as the rim. You can do a hard paper outer to simulate the covered spoke or make balsa ribs and then cover them with covering to give them the spoke looked. Brass center axle glued in for the main axle to run on. Fuel tubing or some other type of foam to make the tire. It takes a little time but the rewards are great as you have a light weight tire and its the perfect fit and you made it. If your interested I can try to explain it in more detail if I can help. John
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Thanks John,

The plane actually has DuBro 5 spoke sport wheels on it that when I was looking at them last night I thought maybe I should just cover them myself and make them look vintage. Now I'm thinking I'll use either thin styrene sheet or thick paper as you mentioned. Thanks for the advice.

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If you score the cover either hard card stock or styrene like looking at a clock face from center out and fold it to make a crease it helps to simulate the spoke affect. Hope this can help and best of luck as its always fun to try new things and learn as we go. John
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