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Great News for Customers of Williams Brothers Model Products!
7/30/2013- NEW PRODUCT! 1/3 SCALE
BRITISH WWI WHEELS!!!!!
And so, we set the new bar for scale amoung the world of plastic molded wheels, and put Williams Brothers on top once again!!
Ad above shows wheel painted and detailed by artist:
A short history of aircraft tires:
In depth research showed that pretty much all tires - originally spelt as 'tyres'- were made from natural rubber, which made them pure white. Nearing the First World War, the tires used on automobiles were also white, but, this was irritating to the wealthier types who liked their auto to always look spectacular, but were always dealing with dirty tires. And so, carbon was added to the rubber mix, and early tires became a gray color, which varied over time as the amount of carbon to use was not really set. However, it appears the British found that the addition of carbon also improved the durability of the tires, and they started to add it all the time, and that also affected aero tires after 1914. The major French manufacturers made white aero tires until 1917, and the major German manufacturers made them white for the entire war period. It's a rough item to research, and many photos were reviewed, and companies communicated with, but, if one looks closely, it can usually been seen that the tires are white, and very dirty- or, in my personal opinion, possibly purposely soiled with oily grime from the engine to help reduce the bright white color that worked against camoflage. Carbon was increased over the 20's and 30's and on up to what we see as tire color today!
To reflect this, we are offering the new wheels with both gray and white tires, to suit the demand of the scale modeler, and to let them deside which is more correct for their aircraft.
Our first production has just begun with the British wheels. The German wheel mold is still in the works, but hopefully will be here soon.
British Wheel Specs: 1/3 Scale 700 x 100 mm wheel
(all specs are approximate)
Diameter- 9.2"; Axle hole length- 2.3"
ABS molded wheel with Molded rubber tire, stuffed with extruded foam rod for stiffness (and won't dry rot). Wheel details a factory stock, fabric covered spoke look, with air valve access hole (comes as solid bottom to be painted or can be cut out and detailed by the user), and exposed rim that originally utilized 25 small hooks to attach the fabric cover.
Axle Diameter- Removable Olite Bronze Bushings, stock is 3/8" ID. A 1/2" ID bushing set is also available separately.
Weight- 18 ounces per wheel
Scale wheel cover decals included
Target design at 30 to 40lb models ideally. Static testing on one wheel indicates it goes approximately 1/2 flat with 45lbs applied to it.
MSRP- $99.95 a pair
Photo showing stock wheel before and after simple painting and decal applied.
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But have no fear, they are entering production again in mid August! Although 2012 was a pretty slow year, we've been hit pretty hard this year, and things have been rough to keep up with!
08/15/13- The Lost Electra kit is out!
They are slotted for production, so they should be available again by September!
07/30/2013- The Caudron C.450/460 Racer is Available!!!
We have produced the latest re-issue kit of the Caudron C.450/460 racer and it is now heding to distributors! Decals have been updated for quality of color and content, and we added a few more details to show aircraft #13 with Helene Boucher's details when she used it to break several speed records.
08/15/2013- The Laird Super Solution is Available!
Following up behind the Caudron, the Laird biplane racer is now out and going to distributors! Decals are updated and corrected, and include some options based on various research.
07/30/2013- The B-10 Bomber this year?
The re-issue of the B-10 is in the works. Decal designs are completed, with approximately 17 schemes supported on it! The molds are becoming functional and we hope to be in production possibly in September with it. No major changes are planned for the molds, so, it'll still be a little challenging as a build, but test builds will hopefully improve the instructions to help make it flow smoother.