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Branchline Blueprint Wheels, HO 36" Fine .088" Tread

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2 6676 Sat January 22, 2011

 

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100% of reviewers $36.00 9.5

 

Description:
Our new turned metal wheelsets are perfect upgrades for most popular brands of HO trucks. Our wheels feature non-magnetic plated and blackened brass construction and feature RP-25 flanges. All wheelsets are insulated on one side.


Available in 33" and 36" diameter, each in standard Code 110 or *Semi-Scale code 88 widths.All wheels available in 12 packs or in bulk packaging (100 & 300) for fleet upgrades!


*Semi-Scale code 88 wheels will operate on most brands of commercial HO track, giving a truer-to-scale appearance without the need for special trackwork.
Keywords: Branchline wheels code 88 .088 36 metal trucks
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jbaakko

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Registered: June 2005
Location: San Diego, CA / Hancock, MI
Posts: 9434
Review Date: Fri July 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $22.00 | Rating: 9 
Pros: All metal turned, smooth, finescale tread looks better
Cons: I personaly would rather have a plastic axle
I picked up a 100 pack on eBay, hoping to turn an easy upgrade of some rolling stock. I've been a fan of fine scale, code 88 (.088") tread since I started buying Athearn Genesis trucks.


Brachline has a GREAT product here, the bulk pack works out well. The wheels are smooth, no chips or dents. No notching like some P2K wheels. The axles are metal, and all 100 of mine are straight. One wheel is isolated by a plastic ring, to avoid shorts. Though I prefer plastic axles, to provide better insulation, or at least the center section, like Walther's Gold line wheels, these are fine. I have yet to have a short.


Installing went great, and is accomplished just like any other wheel set, by slightly bending the side frame outwards. I tested them in Walther's, Athearn, and Roundhouse side frames, and not one was snug, which hints at both good side frames, and no long axles (the latter of which I've had a few times on Kadee wheels).


In all, if you're upgrading to metal wheels, and want to do it in bulk, I say, go with Branchline. I think I'll be using them on everything I don't put Genesis trucks on from now on.

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Josh
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AlcoHaulic

Registered: September 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 3656
Review Date: Sat January 22, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $50.00 | Rating: 10 
Pros: Really Nice Wheels! Metal axle is rigid and won't warp or deform over time or due to temperature changes
Cons: None so far
My LHS had a bunch of bulk packs that didn't sell so the owner broke them open and sold them at 50 cents an axle. At that price, they were less expensive than Intermountains so I bought them pretty much every time I stopped by the store.


They are free rolling, and the axle is a hair longer than a standard Intermountain wheel so if you have trucks where an Intermountain slops in, these wheels will do the trick!

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Eric from Boston, MA. Modeling Norfolk Southern and Pan Am Railways.
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