Pz III Roadwheel Profile

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Pz III Roadwheel Profile

Post by Stephen White » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:52 pm

These might be helpful to anyone thinking of re-profiling the roadwheels.
The section is taken from a British report studying a captured tank. One of the roadwheels was sectioned and this outline is taken directly from a photo. Credit to the Tank Museum Archive. For study purposes only.

The outline below is the shape for a form tool, orientated the right way to turn on a lathe (hence the reverse image above).

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Post by Tim Bowman » Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:17 pm

Thanks Stephen

The tool profile will come in handy in a few months. :)

Here's a cut-away of the real thing that gives a clear view of the construction for Panzer III wheels.

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Post by Adrian Harris » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:02 pm

Many thanks for the work in generating that profile Stephen. :D

It's remarkable the number of curves and angles which go into each wheel. I wonder how much development went into something as basic as a road wheel, for them to end up with that design.

And from Tim's excellent picture, I hadn't realised that there was clear air between the wheels, so the whole central section of the wheel was an open void.

I presume the fact that it ran on tracks prevented any damage to the rims, as you get on car wheels :?:

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Post by Stephen White » Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:14 am

Some more useful information on the variants of roadwheels found on the Pz III:

http://ampsnz.hobbyvista.com/articles/R ... Wheels.htm

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