the 35 lb weight of this heli, the foam-filled Robart wheels were
getting flat spots rather quickly. Also, they did not seem to
wear well, as you can see from the picture below. I went to the
ScaleRCHelis forum, and "Wingtip" from Indy Helis was among
the many responses I received. He advised me that hard rubber
wheels were available from BVM Jets. I discovered two
1) BVM Jets is Bob Violett, one of
the "Masters" in Scale RC Turbine jets, and
2) These things had BEAUTIFUL ALUMINUM HUBS!
Needless to say, I ordered them
They came in sets of three,
but oddly, out of the sets, some wheels had hubs that were symmetrical,
some had asymmetrical hubs. I decided to use the symmetrical ones for
the mains, and the asymmetrical ones for the nose gear. Wingtip
advised me they were a bear to put on, but these came with the rubber
pre-mounted on the wheel. After feeling them, I can imagine how
difficult these would be to mount! All I needed to do was
drill and install the retaining screws (8 per wheel).
The installation package
also included Cir-clips, so I took advantage of this, tossed the collars
I was using, and lathed a groove in the wheel pin to accept the clip...
The nose wheels were
mounted so that the "BVM Jets" logo on the tires faced
inboard, and the "deeper" side of the hubs faced out.
These look very, very nice, and will be "Standard issue" from
now on... Thanks again Wingtip!