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Miwaukee Gold: A Pro-street style heavily modified Revell chopper that's covered in gold...


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Hi!

Having build and ownewd many custom 1/1 Harleys, I was interested by the Revell series of 1/12 HD bikes. I discovered they were plagued with many ill-fitting components, so, why not go for major mods? But the project was on the slow burner for about 3 years. Oh well...

The softail-type frame was converted to a mono-hidden shock swingarm, and the upper tube was bent down and the neck extended to get a lower and longer look. The gas tank, rear fender, oil-tank, primary and fork were modified. The swingard, mono-shock, rear brake caliper, seat, kickstand and clutch were scratchbuilt. I built an Arlen-Ness style narrow springer out of aluminium for it, but decided to keep it for a future, more elaborate project instead. 

The finish is Model-Master's Burnt Iron lacquer + semi-gloss sealer, and the chrome was "gold plated" with Tamya's clear yellow acrylic. Molotow's chrome on some components.

Hours of fun with styrene! 

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On 7/24/2023 at 5:49 PM, Nacho Z said:

This is amazingly eye catching!  I would have never thought of this but it works!  You really did a nice job on all of the conversion and scratch built items. Bravo!

Thank you John! 

Being an older guy who went trough the ORIGINAL chopper craze (late 60's), the extremely long choppers look a bit "dated" to me, hence the pro-street look that I favor for HD's. A matter of taste, I guess?

CT

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That is really cool! The "gold" finish using Tamiya clear yellow came out surprisingly well (better than I would have expected).

One thing you might consider doing is painting the exhaust tips flat black, so they don't look like they are closed off.

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On 8/5/2023 at 10:39 PM, Steve H said:

Hello Claude!! You had me at “pro street” my friend. Never have built a motorcycle (yet). Very cool build, and maybe a touch away from your usual builds, but nonetheless fantastic. The house of Claude never disappoints!!

Hi Steve! 

Thank you. For reasons I can't explain, and after having built many 1/1 choppers and HD's, this one took an eternity to complete. Go figure.

Can't wait to see your Eldo...

CT

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On 8/10/2023 at 6:26 PM, peteski said:

That is really cool! The "gold" finish using Tamiya clear yellow came out surprisingly well (better than I would have expected).

One thing you might consider doing is painting the exhaust tips flat black, so they don't look like they are closed off.

Hi peter!

Thank you. I will look at your suggestion, but the shallow molding of the tips make it a bit complicated...

CT

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5 hours ago, Claude Thibodeau said:

Hi peter!

Thank you. I will look at your suggestion, but the shallow molding of the tips make it a bit complicated...

CT

I wonder if you could take a Q-Tip or similar cotton swab, dip the end in flat black paint, then dab it into the depression in the end of the exhaust pipe?  That way you should have a neat round black spot of paint. But before you try it on the exhaust, maybe practice on something unimportant to see how well this trick works for you.

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On 8/16/2023 at 2:42 PM, peteski said:

I wonder if you could take a Q-Tip or similar cotton swab, dip the end in flat black paint, then dab it into the depression in the end of the exhaust pipe?  That way you should have a neat round black spot of paint. But before you try it on the exhaust, maybe practice on something unimportant to see how well this trick works for you.

Hi Peter!

I will experiment. thanks for the suggestion.

CT

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