Hi folks.. just a little nod to those of you who are considering in building this beaut. Wheels.. they're hard to master and I am by no means pro at them. That being said I do prefer to make my own when the build warrants it. Purchased wheels are okay for generic models/toys but with this sort of model i think it requires the same level of attention and detail. First off is wood choice.. Most would use a hardwood but if you've not got an abundance of it it's going to be costly. The truck requires 10 wheels, the lowboy trailer 12. So 22 wheels in total requiring around 6' of 1" thick x a little over 3" wide timber.
I have a lot of good solid pine which we all know is problematic when working with a tendency to mark or dent easily and awkward to machine its not my first choice but were going for it none the less. Next issue is the method of cutting the round blanks. Hole saws rarely leave you the required measurement. I have every conceivable size from 6" down to 1/2". However my 3" hole saw doesn't leave a 3" blank! it comes in at just 2 3/4". Another option is to use a larger metric hole saw and sand down, but if we were going down that route then we may as well use the a similar option which is to use a compass, cut shy of the line and sand. I've done this many times. I've also been known to cut larger and use the lathe to get down to the required diameter. Which ever way you choose to do it expect it to take you some time. The key to them is uniformity. Without that its going to look ridiculous. Lloyds plans give you two options, A less complex version and a complex version. In basic terms the less complex version requires multiple pieces that make up a wheel hub easily achieved using a drill press and sanding station. The more complex version requires a lathe. I have limited experience on the lathe so I'm going for a middle of the road approach, I'll use my lathe but I wont go for the full complexity.
So here it is.. a little under 3" in diameter, in pine. It needs some final sanding and the axle will require some finishing to make it look right but i'm pleased with the outcome so far.
Oh and before I go.. this truck and trailer requires a lot of Dowel which here in the UK can be costly. I managed to get some in Ash which was a fair price. But if your a pro on the lathe i'd consider making it your self. I'll post more photos as I go.. Regards Mark :)