New O gauge wheel sets

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Compton castle, 11 December 2016.

  1. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer

    I've been busy lately with a few new designs and perfecting the manufacturing process. So far it looks like machining from solid is definitely the way to go as its the only way to achieve really fine spokes in cast iron. I've also finalised a design for insulation offering both fixed and telescopic axles. Here's a few of the latest samples including a GW King driver, tender and bogie wheel and an Adams radial driver. King Driver.jpg Bogie1.jpg GW Tender1.jpg Adams 1.jpg
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  2. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer


    A pleasure to catch up with you at Newport show. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's looking forward to you getting these to market.

  3. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer

    Good to catch up with you too Steph. May's going to be a busy month hopefully, will be starting small to begin with as I can't really afford to go silly with a lot of stock, what I might have to do is take initial orders on what I've currently designed and then offset the rest of the cost against that, at least it means I'm not spending £1000's and having to wait months to move it all. I'm also currently looking for my own machine which will make life so much easier so I can keep production in house and "to order".

  4. Locomodels

    Locomodels Western Thunderer


    Can I be your first customer for a set of Adams radial wheels please. Happy to give advance payment.

    Thank you,
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  5. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Hey! There's a queue you know... ;)

  6. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

    And as a result of my discussion with Elliot I have secured the first set of Adams Radial wheels and I am about to order a kit so that I may pursue the path of true light that is the LSWR.
  7. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    Fool :rolleyes:

    The LSWR path is the path of infinite variants and the gnashing of teeth :cool:
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  8. Len Cattley

    Len Cattley Western Thunderer

    I wish I could afford the Duchess wheels.
  9. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

    And in such chaos the authorative voice is always correct. "No Mr Rivet-Counta, you are plain wrong as my knowledge is superior to yours". Far easier to speak with a loud voice than abide by the legendary Swindon Standard.
  10. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Simon - Someone is claiming to be you and ordering LSWR stuff.

    Thought you'd like to know.:p:D

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  11. Locomodels

    Locomodels Western Thunderer

    If I had seen the queue I would have joined it, where was the queue hiding.....:rolleyes:
  12. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer

    There'll be plenty of wheels to go round as I'm hoping to be ordering them in batches of 10 loco's worth at a time so the more pre-orders for that particular loco I get the better, that is of course I can get a price which is palatable for people.

    Ultimately these will be the best wheels on the market by a country mile (no offence to any other manufacturers naturally) and will be priced accordingly but my mark up will be an absolute minimum as its more to do with getting something decent out there for a change rather than earning a living from it.

    I've currently got a set of Britannia wheels going through the design process and the 5'-8" Drivers for an LNER K4 so I'm trying to keep everyone happy but if there's anything you guys specifically want if you can get the drawings I'm sure I can accommodate you as with this process I can do 1-offs.

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  13. Locomodels

    Locomodels Western Thunderer


    That is great news, don't worry about people coming up with their particular'wants'. I am sure that we can all keep you busy.

    Save a set for me please as I don't want to get lost in the rush.

    Great work.

  14. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer

    Once I go live with available wheels, axles and prices I'll post a list on here. I'm aiming to try and keep in line with most kit makers so I can introduce new wheels as required and obviously, bit by bit populate the available wheels as time goes on.

    Once I have my new cnc machine then everything will be done to order on a first come first served basis, that way I don't have to worry about stock, just how many hours I'll be baby sitting a milling machine! lol
  15. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    Silly question, and I do hate to ask as they look very nice.

    If they're milled from a blank how do profile the spoke section to the rear? I'm guessing by flipping it over and ensuring its exactly in the right position or they're simply not and the rear profile is flat like Slaters wheels.

    The King class driver does look like there is some profiling to the spokes on the rear but it's hard to tell, in honesty it doesn't matter as the front view is super, just mild curiosity that's all.

    Mick D
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  16. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer


    If you look further back in this thread you'll come across the Duchess wheel I've done which IS machined from both sides. I did this as an exercise to see how it came out.

    The basic plan is to offer two types of wheel. The standard one sided wheel like you see above and a double sided wheel for those who want absolute perfection. Naturally the double sided wheel will be almost twice the price as there's twice as much machine time, but when making perfection then only perfection will do.

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  17. mickoo

    mickoo Western Thunderer

    I missed that bit :rolleyes:, I thought the Princess Coronation wheels were cast hence the rear profiled spokes, not machined.

    Mick D
  18. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    Interesting approach.

    Purely for the record, please offer us all side-by-side comparison of (the rear face of) "perfection" and "standard".
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  19. Elliot 84A

    Elliot 84A Western Thunderer

    When I've got both sorts of the same wheel I will but the double sided one is strictly order only and not bloody cheap! lol

  20. Silverystreaks

    Silverystreaks Western Thunderer

    I seem to have just found this thread. Is there a website to see what is available including prices