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daniel_leavitt2000

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Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:15:13 PM »
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Craig, Matt, or even Joe... how about making a ribbed back wheel with low profile flanges? It seems to be the lone hole in the now crowded metal wheel market.

If the ribs are too tough to machine, maybe you can use a metal axle, plastic wheel and metal flange similar to Atlas's metal wheels. This would alow the ribbs to be molded in plastic while still retaining the metal wheels benifits.

I'm not in any direct need for them, but they sure would come in handy for all those transition modelers.
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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 10:26:06 PM »
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They're even earlier than transition era though, arn't they? 
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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 11:09:59 PM »
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Generally speaking, we base our production schedule on product suggestions.  Considering you're the first person to directly ask for these (and you aren't in need), I can't see them in our line-up anytime soon.  That being said, as you noted, machining the ribs would add considerable complexity (= cost) to what is otherwise a commodity. 

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 01:33:19 AM »
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Generally speaking, we base our production schedule on product suggestions.  Considering you're the first person to directly ask for these (and you aren't in need), I can't see them in our line-up anytime soon.  That being said, as you noted, machining the ribs would add considerable complexity (= cost) to what is otherwise a commodity. 

Keep the ideas coming - we note them all!

Pssst....Craig......

More Transision era stuff..........


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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2012, 02:06:56 AM »
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Pssst....Craig......

More Transision era stuff..........


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Psssst... Craig.....

+1
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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 05:23:30 AM »
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I have previously checked with BLMA wheels and found out that I can rarely see the backside of the wheels.
Taking into account the effort to produce such a wheel I would not invest in this, at least for metal wheels.  For plastic wheels it would be mostly added effort when building the molds, it might also be more complicated to get the wheels out of the mold.

The only cars that come to my mind are the X-29 box cars, which have the truck mounts placed towards the ends, so the wheels are almost in line with the car body end.

Just my opinion about this, others may disagree.
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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 05:56:51 AM »
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If he gets ribbed back wheels, I want a N scale triplex.

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 08:38:41 AM »
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Craig,
How about an O-scale version of the Jersey Barriers/K-rails? I would buy dozens.

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 10:21:29 AM »
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If he gets ribbed back wheels...I want a shrink-o-ray and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 10:54:46 AM »
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Generally speaking, we base our production schedule on product suggestions.  Considering you're the first person to directly ask for these (and you aren't in need), I can't see them in our line-up anytime soon.  That being said, as you noted, machining the ribs would add considerable complexity (= cost) to what is otherwise a commodity. 

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012, 11:11:58 AM »
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Psssst... Craig.....

+1


make that +2  :lol:

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 11:21:03 AM »
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Who makes metal wheels now? Hmmm

BLMA (mtl size)
FVM (various axle lengths)
Atlas (ugh, they kinda stink compared to the others)
Athearn (mtl size only)
ExactRail (?)
Intermountain (?)

Any others?

I guess it is getting good! 8)

The first wheels I got were the BLMA ones, and since then my view of wheels has been radically altered - they really improved the "feel" of the cars I tried them on.

Let's see ... rib back, banned from new cars after 1957, banned from interchange 1970. Seems a bit of a small niche - people modeling transition and care about the backsides of the wheels ...

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 11:57:21 AM »
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I've used two axles of these in my entire life.

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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 12:17:57 PM »
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Bulk packs of the 70 and 100 ton trucks!

THIS. YES PRZ.

Who makes metal wheels now? Hmmm

BLMA (mtl size)
FVM (various axle lengths)
Atlas (ugh, they kinda stink compared to the others)
Athearn (mtl size only)
ExactRail (?)
Intermountain (?)

Any others?

NWSL makes them too; and while they compare quite well in appearance to the FVM and BLMA wheels, NWSL is charging $12 for a pack of four. Yeah. No, I don't know what they're smoking.
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Re: Fox Valley, BLMA how bout a ribbed back wheel?
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 12:30:37 PM »
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If he gets ribbed back wheels...I want a shrink-o-ray and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Thanks,
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Not for use on the other I hope :P