|My rolling stock kits are usually supplied with precision all plastic wheelsets to the USA RP25 /72 wheel standard which is compatible with track and turnouts supplied by major manufacturers. These are a cost effective solution for such low cost kits and run very well in my experience. However I know that some of my fellow modellers prefer metal tyred wheelsets and I can understand this point of view. The fact is that a turned metal tyre will always be better than a plastic moulding, however good (and the plastic wheels I use are better than many) in terms of concentricity and smoothness. If you fit metal wheelsets to my rolling stock you also add significant extra weight. A standard vee tipper weighs 4g of which 0.2g is the wheels. The metal wheel sets weigh 1.5g increasing the total weight to 5.3g, a 30% increase. This additional weight is also all in the right place - low down - and improves stability and 'track holding'.
For those who prefer metal wheels or who particularly want the resulting extra smooth running and slightly lower centre of gravity I am now making metal wheelsets available as an option.
All you need to do is order one 'metal wheels option' item per wagon kit you purchase. If buying online simply click on the option buttons provided. Please do not order the options unless ordering a kit to match as this price relies on me replacing the plastic wheels with metal wheels in the kit. Please use the upgrade price to purchase metal wheelsets seperately.
For those who want to upgrade rolling stock purchased previously I am also making the metal wheels available separately in 2 axle and 6 axle packs
Please go to the Online Shop page to select metal wheels options or purchase metal wheelsets.
|Metal Wheels Option|
Precision metal tyred (tired) wheels.
Adds weight, improves running
Compatible with my whitemetal & resin rolling stock kits (excludes Japanese Vee Tipper)