I've made a start on those wheels, and I thought I'd dribble my progress into the thread as it happens. If it all comes to a grinding halt you'll know I've buggered it up somewhere along the line!!
Now I'm not claiming this to be the definative method, but it's the one I've worked out - and best seems to suit my means and ideals for this build. I have a little experience in spoking my previous "CartoonTriumph" but this needs to be a little more prototypical in its look, and has required a touch more advance thinking.
This first pic' then is simply drilling out the spokes ready for replacement. There has already been some work carried out though - in as much as the chrome has been coated with polyurethane which has been in turn tinted with a smidge of black gloss enamel. Several reasons - firstly protection during the heavy handling stages, secondly the addition of black negates the age old problem of yellowing, and finally it imparts a very "Hard chrome" look to the surface, removing the plastic "white chrome", which I utilise for a polished alloy look - see the crank case cover earlier.
Here you go then.....................
You can easily see I've drilled with the spokes in place enabling me to place the holes accurately, the hub is drilled to my wire size [0.45mm] but the rim has been drilled much larger. This was a tweak I worked into my previous spoking.
Using the sleeve off of telephone wire, I place a short length over my new spoke and once it's located within the rim - I slide the sleeve down and into the hole, this centres and locates the spoke, and by leaving a little proud it becomes the spoke ferrule - to be touched in with brass once complete.
Here's the idea on my old Triumph build - it's a bit crude on this one because I was after a theatrical look to the whole build, but should serve to give you the jist of what it is I'm after??
Here's hoping this piques your interest?......................... Andi.