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
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 (hobbydesign.com.cn) has a number of modern racing style wheels.
• Plamoz (plamoz.com) features a range of wheels for modern sports cars.
• Fireball Modelworks (fireballmodels.info) has a huge range of both resin tires and wheels for American cars and trucks.
• Aoshima (aoshima-bk.co.jp), a major Japanese model manufacturer that has produced custom wheels for modern sports cars.
• Fujimi (fujimimokei.com), another major Japanese kit maker that has several wheels sets for modern sports cars.
• Streetblisters (streetblisters.com), a small company making wheels seemingly specifically for Honda Civics.
• Eightyone (eightyone81.com) has a range of wheels styled for modern tuners.
• Billingham Designs (shapeways.com/ 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 (avery.com).
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.