General Lee Vector-Style Wheels
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A friend wanted some wheels for his RC "General Lee" build (from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show), so I designed some in the style of the original American Racing "Vector" wheels as there wasn't much available.
There are wheels to fit both regular 26mm touring car tyres, as well as HPI/Protoform's "Vintage" style tyres for a more authentic look.
The 26mm wheels come in two versions, one "regular" wheel and one with a wide lip. The one with the lip is so you can run 26mm tyres but, from a distance, maintain the look of more authentic 14/15" wheels.
The wheels are available in various widths and offsets:
- HPI Vintage, 31mm wide, 0mm offset
- HPI Vintage, 31mm wide, 6mm offset
- HPI Vintage, 26mm wide, 0mm offset
- HPI Vintage, 26mm wide, 6mm offset
- Touring Type 1, 26mm wide, 0mm offset
- Touring Type 1, 26mm wide, 6mm offset
- Touring Type 2, 26mm wide, 0mm offset
- Touring Type 2, 26mm wide, 6mm offset
I hope these are useful to people doing General Lee builds!
For best results, use a slicer with variable layer height (like Slic3r) and make sure the shallow curves inside the wheel are printed at as high a resolution as possible, e.g., 0.05mm. The rest of the wheel can be printed at 0.2-0.35 to maximize strength and cut down print time.
I printed mine in black PLA at a low-ish temperature for a more matt look, but probably best to print at the higher end of your filament's temperature range to maximise strength. That, or just bake them after they're printed. (No, really, see Tom Sanlanderer's YouTube video on the subject!)
Remove the supports and use either paint or a metallic Sharpie (or similar) marker to do the silver lines.
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I designed these in what is still my favourite CAD tool, Autodesk 123D.
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