Five Shunter Challenge Pt4: Fitting and removing wheels

Today is a brief look at how I fit wheels to axles.

The five kits being built in the x5 shunter challenge either have Alan Gibson wheels or Markits wheels. The BR 02 is the only model with Markits wheels which are very easy to fit using the special Markits screwdriver. The axles have a square shaft that only allows each wheel to be fitted in one of four positions.

Alan Gibson wheels are friction fit, meaning that wheels are pushed onto a typical rounded axle. The brute force required to push or pull wheels off axles can be a bit scary, especially when you are fitting them onto your lovingly constructed chassis with brake rigging etc. For this reason I purchased some wheel fitting jigs. I bought a selection of cog and wheel ‘pullers’ and ‘pushers’ from fohrmann-WERKZEUGE. These tools have been very useful and limit the chance of damage to any of the models.

x5 Shunter Challenge Progress

BR Class 02 Diesel ShunterDJH

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

Sentinel post war 100HP 0-4-0VBT – RT Models

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

Ruston & Hornsby 88DSJudith Edge

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

11001Judith Edge

Chassis block folded. Compensation fitted. Axles Fitted.

English Electric/Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0DEJudith Edge

No progress

P.S. If there are any aspects of x5 shunter challenge that you want me to cover (be it soldering, equipment… anything at all) please do leave a comment or contact me by email. I will reply. You can also follow me on twitter for instant updates.

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