|Adding Grooves to ESCI Wheels||by Alan Mede|
|31 May 2005|
|This is the way I add a
groove to the Esci double wide tank wheels. I
use a piece of steel bar stock, (it also makes a useful
little anvil) two vice grips, a model saw blade and what
ever is lying around to get the correct height. For a
groove wider then the thickness of the saw blade, adjust
the height slightly after you saw once around all of the
wheels. The height can be adjusted with shims made from
10 thou plastic card. That is the white bits under the
grips in the second picture. I slowly rub the wheel
against the blade as I turn it. Sometimes I put a thin
strip of masking tape along the blade to judge how deep
the grove is getting.
A little cleanup with some fine sandpaper and the detail is done. There are 10 wheels on the T-62 and it took about half an hour to set this up and do all of them.