"Toy" wheels

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Project by Dutchy posted 08-05-2016 05:23 PM 4844 views 5 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is more than two years ago that I made the CAT 966 wheel loader from T & J. I made some special wheels for it but it didn’t came out the way that I had in mind. I kept thinking about how I could make the profile more like the real tire. It took me two years before I had an idea how this might be possible. When I was on a long car trip (for Dutch standards) I got a eureka moment .

Last week I gave it a try, and now I know it’s possible to do it like I had in mind. There are some shortcomings, and the next time I’m sure I will change the making process. Also the profile should be different. I didn’t take pictures when I was busy making it. Not that I don’t want to share it with you, on the contrary I like to! But first I would like to see how others would do it, since I don’t want to influence anyone.

In short; I challenge you to make a wheel with a realistic profile and I am curious about any ideas from other modelers. Eventually I intend to make a how too, but I really hope others will have better ways to make similar wheels.

There is one thing I want to share about my construction and that is that making it the way I did is as time consuming as making crane tracks.

Diameter of the wheels is approximately 92mm (almost 4”).

Thanks for watching.


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#1 posted 08-05-2016 06:25 PM

They look pretty darn real and I think what you did is stacked layers to form the tread which I can see being very time consuming but then what do I know I don’t make wheels much and for toys I go about it pretty simple .
Now I will wait for the blog and thanks for the tease .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 06:55 PM


You get beter and better at this fine detail.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-05-2016 07:14 PM

The tires look like they belong on a heavy equipment. Like every thing you do, very nice.
I think you shaped two outside tire/tread. Put under size center section in. Shaped center tread in long strip. Sliced off thickness you wanted. Glued to center section. Sanded round. I think it took a lot of figuring on your part. to get the tread spacing right.

Now I will wait for the blog and thanks for the tease .


- kiefer

I also will be waiting for your blog

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 07:38 PM

Very nice looking wheels, with the pattern on the tread I would call them Z Wheels.

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#5 posted 08-05-2016 09:41 PM

out of my league for sure well done Dutchy

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#6 posted 08-05-2016 10:03 PM

My goodness me Jan, You have not only mastered a realistic wheel but taken it to a new level….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 08-05-2016 10:44 PM

Jan, They look fantastic. I have not had time to figure out how you made the tyre patterns, but whatever you did you did them really well.
Your English is really good too.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#8 posted 08-05-2016 11:26 PM

Those tires look amazing, not sure how you did them but I can’t wait to learn…..again the look amazing, your skills are top notch.

-- Sean

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#9 posted 08-06-2016 12:41 AM

love your wood work “Master”

-- Bruce, Edmonton Alberta, Canada

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#10 posted 08-06-2016 02:30 AM

Dutchy, lucky it was just a short trip (not the lengthy one for the 1/16” dowels to Lowes) otherwise you’d have the dimples and the brand and size dimensions carved in the tyres. There is no way I can imagine how it can get better and how you did it to suggest short cuts.

With the detail you go to I’m sure you’re not going to get too many alternative solutions. So…
Don’t keep us in suspenders too long, and post your tutorial ASAP. I’m counting the sleeps..

Your English is really good too.

- Pjonesy

Jonesey is right. I haven’t seen you misspell, —My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?
for a long time…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 08-06-2016 03:09 AM

cant wait for blog …... you make me feel like quitting …......LOL



-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 08-06-2016 04:02 AM

OK I think all the tread pattern has been made up of separate pieces and glued onto the tyre. Now the tricky part is to hold them in place while clamped. I suspect you drew up something on sketchup, glued all the tread blocks to the paper pattern then glued and clamped the entire tread on, probably with metal hose clamps.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#13 posted 08-06-2016 05:46 AM

my guess a router templates and a indexing system

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#14 posted 08-06-2016 07:00 AM

... drew up something on sketchup, ...
... probably with metal hose clamps…

- Pjonesy

I don’t think ther’s a Dutch version of Sketchup (my dutch is niet goed so I can’t verify), however we can probably rule that out.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that crafty devil just put a hose clamp on and with different thicknesses of permanent marking Sharpies, drew the pattern on. After all he has demonstrated how dexterous he is with his fingers through his carvings and his eyesight must be reasonable to be able to wear wooden shoes and not fall over…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 08-06-2016 08:00 AM

Wheely nice work there Dutchy.

I will also watch the Blog with interest

-- Regards Rob

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