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Old 18-04-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default vickers vigor wheels and track measurements help

Hi Guys

Im hoping someone who has measured up the vickers vigor tractor or made there own would be able to provide me with measurements

basically Im after someone whos done the hard work really

what Im looking for are the exact wheel diameters and measurements so I can start making mine, the measurements of the inside shapes on the wheel and diameters of the axles.

measurements and dimensions of the track pieces, and what they are actually made of on the original toy.


I know its a big ask, but because its so rare and expensive, the dimensions should hopefully help others who want to build theyre own replicas


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Old 19-04-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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My measurements are:

Wheels: 54mm X 15mm
Track pieces: 11mm X 36mm.
Axles 1/8"

Not saying this is correct, but it's whatever you are happy with.
All my pieces were made from resin.



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Old 19-04-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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Of course, the way to really tell (which is what I did) is to scale up a photo of one of the Thunderbirds tracked vehicles (by using a recognisable part - girder bridge, etc) and then measure the wheels and tracks.
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Old 19-04-2008, 12:04 PM   #4
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thats great Dave thanks, really looks spot on, would be more than happy if they turned out like that.

can I be cheaky and pick your brain a bit more? I realise its asking a lot.

I cant quite tell if the tracks sit on a rubber track, like the aoshima mole or do they interlock in some way? if rubber which I think it is, how did you go about doing that?

the actual thickness of the materials you used,appears to be plasticard on the tracks in the first pic, and the thickness of the layers on the wheels? if that makes sense and the diameters of the inside layers, I realise the driven wheel is different.

thanks again
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Old 19-04-2008, 03:40 PM   #5
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The tracks are about 2mm thick. The tracks in the first pic are resin, apart from the outer most rivets and ribs which are plastic card (in white). The tracks were glued onto a piece of thin card (a cereal box!) which was then glued onto 2 car cam belts glued back to back. The teeth on the drive wheel were spaced to fit into the 'teeth' of the inner most cam belt!

The reason for using card was that the resin track pieces didn't adhere to the rubber belts very well. Also card is very flexible and suprisingly strong. Just don't make the same mistake as me and try wet and dry sanding the track pieces when fixed to the card - card, erm, tends to fall apart when soaked in water...!
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Old 19-04-2008, 04:00 PM   #6
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Hi everyone.

The wheels are 12.2mm thick over the rim and 47.7mm in diameter
The teeth on the drive wheel are 4.6mm long

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Old 20-04-2008, 12:22 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum SC100B
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Old 20-04-2008, 05:31 PM   #8
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yeah welcome sc100b and thanks

I think what I will try and do is find a plastic tube that is the right diameter and go from there, making a plasticard inside and make resin castings of them and insert them in the tube cut to the right thickness

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Old 30-05-2008, 11:48 PM   #9
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does anyone have the dimensions of the tractor base box, ie chassis.

many thanks

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Old 06-06-2008, 09:09 PM   #10
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bearing in mind the age of the original toy, it might be worth thinking in imperial:

12.2mm isn't far short off 1/2 an inch and the diameter is approx 1.9"
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