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Hello again David. I put off my “honey do” weekend chore list for just a bit in order to answer the question about the road wheels for you. This time I took some pictures as promised last night in my last posting…….
These should help explain what my last feeble attempt did not.
Starting out with a King Tiger that has been sitting idle in the display case way too long after a rebuild was underway…………..
Here’s how I was talking about lining up the road wheels. In this gap shown here between the outer last set of road wheels, is the area where the track center guides run.
This is another photo shown below, showing the area where the inner set of track center guides ride along the inside of track. This set rides on the inner set of road wheels.
Here I substituted a steel rule as a replacement for the track center guides. This is how the inner set of guides would normally run along the inside set of road wheels.
and this photo shows the same thing, but this time it is displaying the outer set……………
Now we get to the heart of the subject………….
Here I placed the same steel ruler and with a red tipped wooden tooth pick, I’m pointing to the area where the track center guides would start chewing away the rubber on the inside of the road wheel. This type of area would be affected first.
This is the outer road wheel set showing the inner wheel………… complicated sounding isn’t it ???
Here is the same wheel set, but from the outside edge. Here again I am pointing to the location on the wheel where the damage would start to occur………. using my trusted red tipped pick.
The same thing would be happening along the inside run of center guides. This photo shows the inner portion of an inner road wheel, pointing to the area where damage would most likely occur first.
Followed by the same thing for the outer wheel on the inner set……………… you get the idea much easier after looking at pictures, because my explanations are not the best………. Sort of like trying to describe “Florists Wire”……….. 🙂
******* The area on the road wheel that is closest to the center guide gets damaged first. *******
Now the last thing one needs to consider is this:
The damage (more often than not), occurs on the last sets or (two) of the rear most road wheels. This is the location where the track is lost likely to jump off first. This is due to the forward motion of the tank, and how they pivot when turning.
The front set occasionally gets dinged, but is far less likely prone to damage.
I hope my ramblings make a little more sense now. 🙂
Take care my friend,
Camels and Dolphins and Tigers Oh MY !!!!