The line provided by Tamiy for the coiling of the radio hand set wiring did not 'take the shape' or hold the coil once done, So I used my trusty copper wire and this will be painted black and look a 1000% on what it was.
THIS is the biggest pain of all the build I have tried to deal with.
These two soft vinyl 'insulators' are meant to conform with the base of the speedo unit that rests on top of the two tank halves once assembled.
BUT, there was no way the bloody things were going to play ball, no matter how carefully and diligently I tried.
FAILURE. ! Duh.
SO. Being the ever creative little worm I am, I had some thick vinyl tubing left over from the oil lines it was originally needed for, then carefully running my scalpel blade on the outside curve, it was just what I needed to replicate the soft vinyl insulators that came with the kit that failed to cooperate, and personally, I think it will look better than the original parts.
Munkyslut Ahh I love these big Tamiya bikes!
The Electra Glides make for a great looking kit too.
Are you doing it as box cover bar the chrome stripping?
29. May, 13:53
Kerry COX As it comes out of the box Monkey.
As much chrome as I can possibly show and what problems I have had with some of the chrome, I have turned to alclad for the parts that were badly disfigured, especially the speedo housing that fits on top of the tank. Just a pain in the patoot with what is provided, so I got creative and made my own vinyl insulators that fit on the base of the speedo housing using some thick vinyl tubing I had left over from all the other requirements it was used for, like oil lines and such. But the images will explain this issue a lot better.
29. May, 14:10
Munkyslut Ahh yeah I see the fix for the bottom edge of the speedo housing, good simple mod & one I'll use on my Electra Glide when I get around to doing it
Amazing how some of the big chromed pieces are absolute shit when generally these kits are pretty bloody good.
29. May, 14:36
Kerry COX Some chrome areas suffer when the assembly does not go according to planned.
The speedo housing is one example, but unavoidable really, especially when you think it woill go as planned, but sadly, this one was not one of them. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr !
29. May, 15:46
Spanjaard i have the very same monster in my stash, so certainly interested in seeing what you with it
29. May, 20:23
Kerry COX Guys. There is a LOT f chrome removal on parts that need gluing. !
Keep your supply of alclad chrome for plastics handy, as there will be some items that will need a total replacement of the chrome that gets removed when cleaning up flow gate points from removal from the tree. Especially the valve push rod covers.
Peter Hardy Kezza, you told me you were busy on this bike and you weren't kidding! It is going to look impressive next to the big Kawasaki!
29. May, 22:35
Spanjaard i wish i could get 30 minutes around the real deal (in LA for example) to get proper pictures before starting mine....
29. May, 23:47
Kerry COX Spanjaard, There are quite a few good images around on Google of the cop bikes, just ask Google for some.
And as for the full rechroming, yes, on some parts that will be fully visible that have had scrape marks that detract from the look and finish.
Peter, the effort in keeping the finger marks at bay will be worth while in the end, and this brute will need a shelf all of it's own, and no sharing with other builds. hahahahahahah
30. May, 00:19
Kerry COX Many problems to contemplate and solve.
But that is the fun part of all it is.
Much time spent building, but the looking at it for the many hours ahead will be my reward.
30. May, 07:24
Lode Schildermans Kerry, this blows me completely away. I've looked every photo over and over again. I'm speechless. What a fantastic build. Just one expression...You nailed it
30. May, 21:10
Acki Truly impressive! You're the master of the monsters.
30. May, 21:27
James C Fabulous chrome work Kerry and I especially like the transparent coloured lenses.
30. May, 21:45
Kerry COX Lode, Acki and Jim C. Thank you for your most uplifting and welcome comments.
It's been a while that I had the desire to tackle any model and I really needed to get this 'right', as I will be entering this one in the next QMHE comp, which at the current standings here in Oz, has been post pones till' next year, all due to the Chinese head cold that every one has been living in fear of.
No doubt I will be constantly attending to all the little 'niggles' I will see and correct them. But over all, I am really pleased with the result.
Kerry COX Augie and good friend Peter.
Thank you both for your looking in and your assessment.
And now the second of the 1/6 builds, the K CB-750 Honda, and wit eight by ten colour glossy pics from all angles.
But the chain comes first, and then. ? Who knows. hahahahahah