Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Feb 1, 2016 11:39:10 GMT -5
Whilst manufacture of these wheels actually ceased over 18 months ago, I’m only now getting around to sorting some of the bits out. (Manufacture ceased as the company who did my machining (at a very good price) no longer wished to deal with ‘smaller’ customers.) In order to complete a number of sets some new parts have been made by another machinist, albeit at a cost increase of 300% which has bumped the price up somewhat.
There are now certainly a few sets of 19” pre-war Mercedes wheels available at £35 per set plus postage.
Some sets with larger rear wheels for Avus, Reims, Tripoli etc. are available at £38 per set plus postage.
One of the larger rears is shown in the image below.
These wheels are suitable for W125, W154 and W154/163, the latter being supplied with brake drum etches on request. All sets should probably include a photo etched steering wheel.
The cost is high compared to the increasing numbers of generic wheels available; these however are not ‘generic’ wheels, but were based on the prototypes. Thus since a Mercedes wheel had 28 spokes between the outer hub and the outer rim, and 56 spokes between the inner hub and well, this is replicated.
It is possible that in due course a few other 19” wheels may be available for a short while, and very likely that some 18” sets will be completed for sale.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Feb 27, 2016 14:03:28 GMT -5
The next wheels to be sorted out will by pure coincidence be for the BRM V16. Apart from the Austin Twin Cam wheels, these were the slowest selling wheels which I made......
There seem to have been a number of different wheels fitted to these cars both when new and in their restored state. These wheels are based on the ex-Nick Mason car which is a Mk II.
At the front are 18” wheels with 60 spokes in the common grouping of 5 spokes, supplied in 3 etches of 24/24/12 spokes. Rims will be either 4.5mm or 5mm wide. At the rear are 17” rims with 72 spokes (24/24/24) in a regular 6 spoke pattern. Width will be 6mm.
Whilst initially made for later disc braked cars, brake drum etches are available whilst it is also likely that steering wheel etches can be supplied.
A maximum of 8 sets are expected at an estimated £35 per set plus one RTR set at £65.
Most parts are at present in their 'rough' form, though the RTR wheels are of course ready, and one kit is nearly there.
Also due for sorting are wheels for the Alfetta, with 18" front wheels and either 17" or 18" rears, all 60 spoke (20/20/20) and all supplied with brake drum etches and possibly steering wheel etches. Again £35 per set.
Post by scratchbuilder on Feb 27, 2016 18:56:52 GMT -5
Whilst doing the master for the V-16 BRM, Peter, it became clear that both fronts and rears were 18", but the fronts are rim laced and the rears, slightly wider are well-laced, so we thought RS fronts and Pendle rears would make a nice set for that car.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Mar 3, 2016 14:18:57 GMT -5
BRM like all GP manufacturers at the time used different wheel sizes for different circuits. they used larger wheels for the faster circuits, smaller wheels for those where outright speed was less of an issue. Especially important with regard to the V16 narrow rev band.