Easy, Inexpensive Trick for Replacing Flyer Brakewheels - S Scale

Easy, Inexpensive Trick for Replacing Missing Flyer Brakewheels - S Scale:

Posted this just recently on a Flyer blog site and it received rave reviews.
Been doing this since High School. (I am now 73)
I had assumed this was common knowledge but perhaps not.
Never thought for a moment I had discovered anything that was unique.

2/0 dress snaps for missing AF S scale brakewheels.


Drill the right size hole and installation is a “snap.” Otherwise drill a small hole and use a drop of Super Glue to attach. (Personally I think these brakewheels look better than the factory original riveted buttons.)

These snaps are available up to 3/4" dia. in either silver or black. So can be used for other scales as well.
Also using both sides of the snap can make for very nice looking pulleys of various sizes for use with all scales. Cost: Approximately $3.00 for a card of eight.

Here another repair to an otherwise totally mint #639 Flyer Boxcar:

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A pre-war (3/16th scale in 3-rail) Flyer brakewheel seen here on an all cast metal open (see-thru) #510 Stock Car

Another pre-war Flyer brakewheel seen again here on a (3/16th scale in 3-rail) #483 Girder Car:

An earlier production riveted Flyer brakewheel:

The later production Flyer plastic brakewheel.