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#1 crazyjim

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:01 AM

I started with the Revell Aces Wild kit and changed a few things. It's painted in HOK light teal pearl. The seat is covered in real leather.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:33 AM

Very nice! Clean & SHINY! lt looks like it rides a bit high? Maybe a bit more rake, but could be just my tastes. l really like that color for a scoot. l wouldn't have thought of it, but it looks sweet. What did you use for leather? l have a 1:25 l need to fab a seat for, wondering lf what you used might work? Tasty work! Bart.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:46 AM

Thank you, Bart. The clear stand keeps it up a tad high. You can see that the kickstand isn't touching the ground. Marcia had an old purse she was going to toss in the garbage. I saved it for a better purpose. You have to take a razor blade and shave the inside of the leather to get it thinner. There's a name for the process, but I don't know it.

The front end was out even more and I didn't like it so I cut back the tubes - their aluminum tubing. And guess what? I put springs inside the tubes so the front end moves up & down.

You ever going to send those better engraved Lynx air filters? I have a box loaded up with rat seats, nailhead, BB Chevy, and some other casted parts.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:01 PM

Marcia had an old purse she was going to toss in the garbage. I saved it for a better purpose. You have to take a razor blade and shave the inside of the leather to get it thinner. There's a name for the process, but I don't know it.


Skiving.

Bike looks great, nice detail! But there's not much meat left on that front tube... :blink:

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:13 PM

Ahhh. Skiving. That's the ticket.

Thanks, Harry. I don't what you mean about "not much meat of the front tube". The lowers should have probably been another size larger? If yes, I agree.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

That's reeeally nice ! The color contrasts nicely with the chrome .

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:08 PM

Thanks, Harry. I don't what you mean about "not much meat of the front tube". The lowers should have probably been another size larger? If yes, I agree.


It looks like you drilled a bunch of holes in the forward downtube, and there's almost nothing left of the tube, there's just a little sliver of tube left around the holes... the holes are almost the same diameter as the tube. In real life that would be a no-no. Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me...

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

Also... and this might be considered nit-picking... but the way the seat is angled, the rider would basically be sitting up against the rear fender... not too comfy on the ol' tailbone!

Maybe you could work up a seat that has a little bit of a back rest or flips up a bit in the back so the rider wouldn't have his backside up against the fender.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

You did a very nice job on this bike. I must agree on the seat however. Needs a bit of a back rest. IMO

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:23 AM

That's reeeally nice ! The color contrasts nicely with the chrome .


Thanks, Bob. I like that teal color.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:25 AM

It looks like you drilled a bunch of holes in the forward downtube, and there's almost nothing left of the tube, there's just a little sliver of tube left around the holes... the holes are almost the same diameter as the tube. In real life that would be a no-no. Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me...


Gotcha, Harry. The kit had 2 downtubes. I cut them off and replaced with a single piece that I drilled the holes in. I originally used a larger diameter rod, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I went smaller.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:27 AM

Also... and this might be considered nit-picking... but the way the seat is angled, the rider would basically be sitting up against the rear fender... not too comfy on the ol' tailbone!

Maybe you could work up a seat that has a little bit of a back rest or flips up a bit in the back so the rider wouldn't have his backside up against the fender.


The seat actually has a small kick up at the rear. You kinda see it in the 3rd & 4th pics. It started much higher and just kept getting lower and lower until I liked it.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:29 AM

You did a very nice job on this bike. I must agree on the seat however. Needs a bit of a back rest. IMO


Thank you, Ray. The seat isn't glued down, so maybe I'll take another look at something different. Maybe drill a hole and make a separate back pad. Sort of like a headrest.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:16 AM

Thank you, Ray. The seat isn't glued down, so maybe I'll take another look at something different. Maybe drill a hole and make a separate back pad. Sort of like a headrest.


That would work... a little pad mounted on the rear fender.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:28 AM

I made a small pad with wires glued to the seat bottom. I'll try to get a pic up tomorrow.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:29 PM

Looks good Jim.
Nice colour for sure and really like all the custom work you done,in particular like how you inset the tail-lights into the rear fender.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:02 AM

Thank you, Luke. Those Revell bikes are fun to build.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:04 AM

Yep,they sure are Jim.

I try to build a couple or more each year.As its good to have a break from the cars every now and then.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:58 AM

I added a backrest to the seat.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:01 PM

Now you're talking! Well done.