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  1. Small update Well, the 3 weeks to chrome some of the parts, turned into a farcical 5 months, and I've only got it all back a couple of weeks ago. Some parts have come out better than others. 2 parts were ruined when "someone didn't know what was in the oven, and turned the temperature right up". Had to raid another model to replace them. And all to get rid of mould marks and seams. Was it worth it? I dunno Just need to find the time now and the inclination to finally finish it.
  2. Little update Things have slowed right down while I wait for the chromed parts to come back, so I've been finishing bits that I can do Handlebar controls and cables Spot and hazard switches added Windshield fitted. Aluminium strip added with acorn nuts Fender fitted and front wheel. My neighbour is a graphic designer, and knocked the 75th anniversary decal up for me. He also did the tank logo. But he's doing it again as you can't really see the cream/yellow edging round the letters Thanks for looking
  3. Little update So I've finally got some colour on. Harley Davidson black cherry There is the ever present problem with these kits of the rear cylinder exhaust pipe being too short to reach properly. Not a problem on the earlier models/police bike, that also don't have the horrible fish tail ends. I bought an NOS exhaust on ebay, When it arrived though, the chrome was very faded and looked awful. I experimented with various things without much success. Then I found a company near me that chrome plates all sorts. They said they should be able to re chrome the exhaust and a dozen or so other parts for under £100 (we'll see). So I cleaned all the old chrome off, tidied up the seams and filed off the dummy exhaust clamps. Also rubbed down a few other known problem areas, particularly the coil cover and the gear shift lever. In all gave them about 20 pieces. Only problem is, they are really busy and it will take at least 3 weeks. Have given them these rear crash bars and frames as well Thanks for looking Gary
  4. Well I've just spent a very enjoyable couple of hours going through all 35 pages of this amazing build Gary
  5. Beautiful craftsman ship. I thought I was putting a lot of time into my build. This is off the scale though You must be equally excited and sad to be covering all that amazing brass work with paint Gary
  6. Thank you. That's a big compliment. Definitely start the fat boy!!
  7. Quick update Finally started fitting everything into the frame. Still a lot to do, but it's coming along nicely Engine, gearbox, coil, clutch cable fitted Oil tank in Starter solenoid There are a lot of nuts and bolts on this bike Battery in. Wiring harness in. Thing under battery is the starter relay. Also the brake light switch and oil pressure switch are wired up. All the oil hoses connected up. Close up Rectifier Battery cover, main circuit breaker and battery vent hose added Brake pedal, rear wheel and calliper on Chain and chain guard Hinged rear fender Still waiting for the black cherry paint to arrive, so can't paint and final fit the bodywork yet Thanks for looking Gary
  8. Absolutely incredible work. The precision is unbelievable Gary
  9. Thank you. Yes it is very difficult where to draw the line. I just take one sub assembly at a time and think about whether I can be really bothered to do more to it. Trouble is, sometimes you just have to step away and have a break. I've been wanting to do this for years, but I'm pretty sure it will be the last time. The time it is taking, and the cost is ridiculous. I can't believe how many nuts and bolts I've bought. Not sure what I'll do next. I've got another Harley police bike, a Harley FXE sport and a Honda Monkey bike. I should have put this much effort into the FXE, as a lot of the detailed parts are not covered by trim panels, but hey ho Gary Thanks very much
  10. Little update It's coming along slowly, but surely Starter motor Rigid rear brake line and brake light switch Gearbox Neutral switch Mounted to chain case Oil tank. With vent pipe and "groove" added to top. Drain plug moved to correct location Clutch cable Various scratch built brackets now painted Electrical parts assembled. Wiring harnesses made up Frame is painted, so I can finally start putting stuff in it Thanks for looking Gary
  11. OMG! Those sprockets. Simply beautiful work Gary
  12. fantastic. Too good to cover up with all the panels Gary
  13. Anyway..... couple of updates Temporarily back in frame, with points cover and air cleaner cover temporarily on. Tappets fitted. Oil pump and hoses fitted and rigid oil line to head and crossover pipe added Oil drain plug fabricated on inner chaincase Oil hoses added Front oil tank mount/clutch cable bracket added to frame Rear oil tank mount Front battery tray mount. Kit doesn't have a front mount at all. Can't believe how easily the paint rubs off the silvered parts. Will have to repaint the transmission end cover So many things have to involve things that I really don't want to start on yet. The rear battery mount bracket is also the lug for the battery hold down strap. So i have to temporarily fit the battery housing in place to get that bit right. But... I've run out of 1.2 hex nuts, so will have to wait until after bank holiday for them to arrive. Once all 4 Battery/oil tank mounts are fitted, I'll cut away the plastic kit mounts. Thanks for looking Gary
  14. Well, looking at the 2 side by side, I can see it. Not sure my modelling skills are up to altering it though.
  15. Can you go into a bit more detail? maybe I'm missing something, but compared to real engines, it doesn't look too far away from what it should look like. Is that instead of being at 12 minutes past, it should be at maybe 5? Here's the model And the real thing
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