|Tires and Wheels|
I was not happy with the tires and wheels that Matchbox used. They would have used what they had ‘on hand’ – I can understand that but that can be fixed. Need to post up some links while I have them on the wheels and tires for the truck.
The drawing of the Ford Model AA Truck shows the front as a 6.00 x 20 tire and the rear as 6.00 x 20 tire with dual wheels and a 32 x 6 tire with single wheel. Geeze.
Found a BFGoodrich 6.00-20 tire. Under ‘Details’ it says the Overall Diameter: 32.4″ and Overall Width: 6.0″ .. that gives me something to work with.
To the left is what I came up with. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. The cut-outs in the wheels are too sharp to be a Ford ‘AA’ wheel. That will work sine this is supposed to be a clone after all .. a Mimesis not a Ford. I may go back and try to re-create the Ford ‘AA’ style wheel cut-outs better at some point but since the wheel was created from photographs and some basic dimensions it’s at best a ‘guesstamate’ anyway.
Note: The lug-nut holes are too small but they are there in this version simply to act as a guide for a drill. You have to remember that this is designed to print in 3D at Shapeways. That means all of the shapes such as the lip that contacts the tire have to follow the restrictions for the material the model is being printed in. In this case, that is FUD (Frosted Ultra Detail) which has a minimum wall thickness of .3mm (the cross-section of the wheel lip being a wall you see…). The plan is to drill the lug-nut holes and use aftermarket NBW for better detail.
I haven’t updated this in a while. Since the order from Shapeways in supposed to be delivered today .. might be a good time to show the rendering. Hubs, tires and wheels ..
Looking forward to how well they came out.
.. and .. here we go ……
A quick look. The wax is still heavy on the parts but I wanted some snapshots.
|.. and a closer look. Under the wax they appear to have printed very nicely|