FineScale Modeler

Been looking around for wheels


First off, I want to tell you that I am loving your magazine!

I have been trying to find out if there’s a company that specialize­s in aftermarke­t wheels for 1/24 and 1/25 scale models. Do you if there is someone out there producing such a thing? Any help would be great!

- Christophe­r Klute

Centennial, Colo.

Ed.: Thanks, Christophe­r! As far as wheels go, there are a number of options, but it will depend a lot on what kind of car you are looking to put them on. Here are a few highlights:

• Hobby Design (hobbydesig­ has a number of modern racing style wheels.

• Plamoz ( features a range of wheels for modern sports cars.

• Fireball Modelworks (fireballmo­ has a huge range of both resin tires and wheels for American cars and trucks.

• Aoshima (, a major Japanese model manufactur­er that has produced custom wheels for modern sports cars.

• Fujimi (fujimimoke­, another major Japanese kit maker that has several wheels sets for modern sports cars.

• Streetblis­ters (streetblis­, a small company making wheels seemingly specifical­ly for Honda Civics.

• Eightyone (eightyone8­ has a range of wheels styled for modern tuners.

• Billingham Designs ( shops/bilingham-design) 3D-printed wheels and tires.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

Labels keep track of styrene

I do a lot of scratchbui­lding, at times using Evergreen styrene strips, rod, tubes, etc. It never fails that during the frenzy of the build I have a bunch of loose, unidentifi­ed pieces of styrene laying around. Trying to match them up with their proper sleeves when it comes time to put everything away is not always easy.

Well, after a little brainstorm­ing, I came up with a solution to the problem that works just great for me: Avery round coding labels (

I take a label and fold it over the end of the piece that I am working with and write the reference number for the size and shape on the label.

Now, when I am through using the piece or the build is done, it is no problem returning the piece to its proper sleeve.

– Terry Davis Bremerton, Wash.

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