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    I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but a quick search didn't give me much. I am going to change out the wheelsets in my MTL Army hospital cars. From what I can tell, the stock wheels are 36". Of course I was going to get the FVM wheels but they were caught up in the plant closure deal and have had to find a new manufacturer. I wonder how the new ones will compare to the previous. Rapido makes metal wheelsets that look good in pictures. Unfortunately, not much in reviews as to how well they work. Anyone have experience with them?

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    I found a opportunity one time to look at a Rapido passenger car. The wheels, i suppose was Rapido, look okay for me. I use FVM 100 pcs bag, i buy more than needed at that time. Did't know FVM close the factory. Buying more one time look stupid but is ok in this circumstances. Still on stock at MTS

    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/fox-...xle-100-axles/

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    FVM will be available later this year. Why don’t you use the Tangent 36” metal wheels? They are readily available right now and fit MT trucks perfectly.
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    I can never decide if I like metal wheels or plastic ones better. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    FVM will be available later this year. Why don’t you use the Tangent 36” metal wheels? They are readily available right now and fit MT trucks perfectly.
    I spoke with Matt Gaudynski from FVM and they are expecting to have the wheel sets in the next 60 days or so. I haven't heard much about the Tangent wheels. I know the MT axles are .540", Tangents are .537" so should work. How do they compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    I spoke with Matt Gaudynski from FVM and they are expecting to have the wheel sets in the next 60 days or so. I haven't heard much about the Tangent wheels. I know the MT axles are .540", Tangents are .537" so should work. How do they compare?
    They roll smoothly, and have a rear profile cut into them. So when it comes to cars like tank cars where you can easily see the back of the wheel, it is a nice visual enhancement. I’ve installed about 6 dozen so far in MT trucks and I’ve been very happy with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    They roll smoothly, and have a rear profile cut into them. So when it comes to cars like tank cars where you can easily see the back of the wheel, it is a nice visual enhancement. I’ve installed about 6 dozen so far in MT trucks and I’ve been very happy with them.
    Have you ever compared them to the Rapido ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    Have you ever compared them to the Rapido ones?
    I have not. I run mostly FVM, BLMA, and Tangent.
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    Just checked the FVM website and they are listing the 3610 wide tread 36" .540" wheels in stock!!! I haven't seen the wide tread versus the standard but that is a good sign that they are receiving products again. Anyone have an opinion on the wide tread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    Just checked the FVM website and they are listing the 3610 wide tread 36" .540" wheels in stock!!! I haven't seen the wide tread versus the standard but that is a good sign that they are receiving products again. Anyone have an opinion on the wide tread?
    I love FVM wheels, but I dislike the wide tread. They run great but visually are noticeably too wide for my eye. When I photograph equipment the wheel face was glaring. It kills the prototypical look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    I love FVM wheels, but I dislike the wide tread. They run great but visually are noticeably too wide for my eye. When I photograph equipment the wheel face was glaring. It kills the prototypical look.
    Would you happen to have any pics showing the wide next to a standard size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    Would you happen to have any pics showing the wide next to a standard size?
    Nope. I got rid of all my wide tread long ago, I have nothing but narrow tread on my layout now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    Would you happen to have any pics showing the wide next to a standard size?
    Why not go to Google and just TRY doing a search for FVM Wide tread wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Why not go to Google and just TRY doing a search for FVM Wide tread wheels?
    Why ASSUME I didn't? It gets really old constantly reading people butt in to conversation with comments like this one. Then you wonder why people stop posting......

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    32602265248_d967fdf205_b.jpg

    A quick google search turned this up . So i am assuming you didnt try it

    Here is a link to the full conversation

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...?topic=46088.0

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    Where is the popcorn eating emoji when you need it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    32602265248_d967fdf205_b.jpg

    A quick google search turned this up . So i am assuming you didnt try it

    Here is a link to the full conversation

    https://www.therailwire.net/forum/in...?topic=46088.0

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    Well look at that. A comparison of BLMA to FVM.....too bad we were talking about jpwisc comparison of FVM to FVM. I read that article before I made the thread. You've proved my point.

    Thanks all for your input. I will just do my own research and keep it off the forums as to avoid petty arguments.

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    @Olie

    Your the one who wanted narrow tread vs wide tread photo . You brought the subject up , i provided a comparison pic . Yes one is BLMA , and one is FVM ....but i think you get the idea now , how much different could they be . Hundreds of a inch ? Thousands of a inch ? Like you would be able to see that in a photo on a forum ..... geez

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    Well look at that. A comparison of BLMA to FVM.....too bad we were talking about jpwisc comparison of FVM to FVM. I read that article before I made the thread. You've proved my point.

    Thanks all for your input. I will just do my own research and keep it off the forums as to avoid petty arguments.
    Smart alec, BLMA and FVM narrow (“standard”) have the same tread width. You might have found that out if you had googled that instead of getting snarky. So the photo is still what you were asking for.
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