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I really shouldn't be starting another build thread on BM, I've got plenty in the process and waiting for attention. But I got hold of a couple of these old Protar motorbike kits and I thought I'd better put something up for posterity, because I can't find very much at all here in amongst the cars etc. I'm not brilliant with the search function, to be honest, but I can't find a jot about either of these.... I expect the regulars on this section will know better. Here's what I got.... The Moto Guzzi is a reissue from 2000 as you can see, but the Gilera is more of a mystery. No entry on Scalemates for the box art- the box by the way, carries a price sticker of 30/- which I should explain for the younger BMers is 30 shillings in UK Stirling pre-decimal. That translates as £1.50 and that was a LOT of money in the 60s for a kit Anyway, I put an update on Scalemates but the 1975 issue has already taken the "new tool" slot on the kit history so I can't do anything about that. I'm supposed to be leaving these for later but you know how it is.... Start rummaging in the box, checking parts, dry fitting things and the next thing you know the glue is out. I could never be a collector, I'd have 'em all open and rummaged. So this may be a slow build with interruptions while I do what I'm supposed to be doing. And it's also a steep learning curve for me, I've never tackled a bike at this scale, or a Protar kit of any kind. The instructions are in a broadsheet style which will require some considerable study and deciphering, But some initial progress has taken place. Not a lot but I need to upload a few pictures to Flickr and then do an update. I'm not too far away from the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in New Milton, and I see he has a Moto Guzzi 8cyl in the green dustbin fairing, I'm hoping that he has a Gilera 500 as well. Kind of looks like he has one of everything. A visit is surely required.....?