Friday, October 28, 2016

Mickey Thompson Rader

These "Rader" wheels first appeared in the mid 1960's and were produced by Mickey Thompson, Rader and many other companies. Similar to the Cragar S/S, these wheels were used on show cars, drag cars, low riders and street cars. Raders came in many different variants, depending on the manufacturer and version. These are the Mickey Thompson brand early version, which had only rib. A later version had 3 ribs, and was made famous on the 1966 Batmobile.

Unlike my previous wheels, I modeled this wheel using Autodesk Inventor, a CAD program which allowed me to tweak the shape throughout the process, without having to remodel parts like in Zmodeler. I used my hub and brake rotor, but I modified it to have a dome-style axle cover typical of American cars from the era. I used bullet style lug nuts to finish it off.

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