~ Latest Revision - Monday, January 25, 2021 ~
If you're visiting here from another scale and these wheels
have a more "scale" appearance than you are used to seeing, it's because they
really are closer to the real thing...
The NMRA's "RP-25" wheel profile was designed back in the day to compensate for worst-case-scenario trackage, which was O.K. back then, but which, quite frankly, shouldn't be the case in this world of CAD, 3D Modeling and CNC just about everything... But the grossly overscale RP-25 is still what most modelers are used to seeing today...
( In their defense, many of the smaller scale models need all the help they can get in the stay-on-the-track department, and in their case, it's not usually so much about the fidelity to scale of their models, as it is about how they look passing through a scene... And that's O.K... For them...)
But for us, with our Eye Level Models, the closer to the prototype their appearance is, in all respects, the more we like what we see... Which is why we designed these wheelsets the way we did... With far narrower tread and flanges than the RP-25 recommendations... Yet our models track as beautifully as they look!
So aside from the narrower tread and smaller, more scale appearing flanges, you may still be wondering what else sets these wheelsets apart from the mass produced stuff?
Well, did you note that, also in the description these beaufiful wheels are "coined"... (Think: Like the dime or quarter in your pocket...) Have you ever studied the detail on a coin? Tooling for this process is expensive, but the paybacks are soon realized when the final product is examined... There's no other process than can even come close to coining for accuracy and DETAILING of round objects that must have center holes that are concentric...
Sure, they're considerably more expensive to produce than the cheapo mass produced plastic things seen on the majority of models today... But they're not "dirt magnets" like plastic wheels either... To us it's a win-win propoosition...
All of our models have been equipped with these beautifully detailed works of art for years... Both our Ready-To-Operate models and our Kits... Because we care...
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