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#1 Mr. Metallic

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 11:36 AM

Not finished, you say? Where's the "tins"? Well, look closer!

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It's based on the Revell "Torch" hardtail frame. I lengthened the frame ahead of the engine and grafted in a beefier, more graceful backbone. To allow the curves of the new frame to show I decided to eliminate the typical "tins" from standard motorcycles by intigrating them into the frame to keep the overall design clean, hence "Simplicity". The gas tank was relocated to the space between the front downtubes. The oil tank is now located within the backbone. I scratchbuilt shorty exhaust pipes and other details to minimize distractions from the frame and driveline.

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And that's it. It is a pretty basic buildup of the excellent revell kit aside from the frame mods. As always, comments and questions are welcome, and feel free to drop by my Fotki site for more pics.

http://public.fotki....licity-chopper/

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:16 PM

Hi Craig,

that awesome! Great! i like how you make your interpretation of tins

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:35 PM

Very, Very Cool Design! Let me guess... The rear fender is an aircraft canopy? Great colors, also, keeping it very minimalist.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:56 PM

THat's sooooo cool. I'd love to know how you made the handle bars...did you use solder ?

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 04:25 AM

Another nice one, Craig! I'm digging the minimalist look that shows off the components.

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:35 PM

Very, Very Cool Design! Let me guess... The rear fender is an aircraft canopy? Great colors, also, keeping it very minimalist.


Yes, the rear fender is two aircraft canopies glued together. I went thru several different designs to solve my rear fender problem, and then it just kind of hit me. The color is Tamiya clear orange over white.

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 01:38 PM

THat's sooooo cool. I'd love to know how you made the handle bars...did you use solder ?


The handle bars are actually Evergreen styrene tubing. I inserted a matching diameter peice of brass rod into the tubing and then SLOWLY applied pressure to make the bend. Next time I think I will heat up the plastic so it bends better. I then driller bigger holes into the kit hand grips and inserted the new bars. Thanks for looking.

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 12:32 AM

Ah another cool chopper! Really like what you have done there Craig, great work 8)
This one has me itching to get mine off the bench!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 05:39 PM

Ah another cool chopper! Really like what you have done there Craig, great work 8)
This one has me itching to get mine off the bench!

I'll steal Tommys line here :D big yes to both!!...B