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#1 Lyle Willits

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:49 AM

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Back in the days when a peanut farmer was the president, choppers looked like this. They often had no front brake. The extended Sportster forks were made with aluminum tubing and the fork boots painted on. The pschycadelic swirl paint took about 5 hours, total, over a base of Duplicolor white and lots of clear.
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Many parts, including the engine, came from an old Imex Harley that I took apart. The handle bars, sissy bar and chain guard are made from twisted 20 guage silver wire. The stash pouch was scratchbuilt.
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I cut grooves in the Revell kit tire to make it look more like a tire from the 70's. The wrap-around fenders are resin from Reps & Mins.
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The old Imex kit tried to represent a (then) new Evo engine, but it was actually a shovelhead with Evo blockheads,,,,,so I scratchbuilt the shovelheads from shaped plastic and pin heads for bolts.
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The ol' school solo seat and p-pad are available now from Replicas & Miniature Co. of Md.
We now return you to the 21st. century.

#2 Matt T.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:45 AM

FAR OUT!! :shock:

That is amazing. Great work on the twisted wire pieces, Lyle! And that paint is the knots.

I'll have to add those seats to my NNL East buy list.

Any bike with a stash pouch & a p-pad is a friend of mine. 8)

#3 Irvin Arter Jr.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 04:04 AM

your over the edge with this one and you have built too many of these 2 wheel thingys. I am starting to think you are turning into a plastic biker :shock: HaHa just in good fun!

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:15 AM

Very cool Lyle! Makes me want to get "Capt'n American" out of the garage....

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:42 AM

Dude... I'm havin' flashbacks! :shock:
Thats a pretty cool take on what the Seventies looked like!
The twisted bars and sissy bar really put it in the era, great little trick there.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 12:00 PM

I love the old skool bikes and this is most def. One dude!!far out.I have last years cat. from him and dont have none of this bike stuff.I will have to give him a call and request a updated cat.!!

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:13 PM

Lyle, I hope you didn't OD on your meds when you were building this. Very cool. Even the twisted chainguard! :shock:

#8 Lyle Willits

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:28 PM

I have last years cat. from him and dont have none of this bike stuff.I will have to give him a call and request a updated cat.!!

Reps & Mins latest catalog doesn't include the newest chopper parts because they are brand new. I just got the first seats and the primary drive last night and painted and installed them on the, otherwise, finished bikes this morning. I have all of the bike parts shown in my Fotki album.
http://public.fotki....les__race_cars/

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:34 PM

That is just too wild! When these bike kits came out I thought..."eh..what could you possibly do with that"....well you're showing everybody what you can do! Each one you've built is cooler than the last! Great stuff! :D

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:41 PM

I def. want some of those seats. I am currently working on actual coged drives and a cogged belt.A ctually I have them, just need to order more rubber to cast for the new molds and die for the rubber belt.Once thats done, and I finish soldeing on the mounting brackets, my bike should come to life.I want that P ped though for the fender and also need to make me a sissy bar.Can anyone help me with how to scratch build a springer front end??I have some ideas, but havnt jumped forward on any yet.I know how to do a custom newer version, but want to keep my bike old skool.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 04:09 PM

70's?! BAH! No 8-track, and no Hi-Jackers...

And you call yourself a modeler...harrrrrumph.

(Apologies...I'm out of town for 6 days on business in Atlanta...already punchy and it's only day 3...don't expect my posts to get any better.)

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:27 PM

Fantastic job Lyle! You've completely nailed it. 8)

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:21 AM

holy ######.....thats just too cool. Very 70's indeed !