Here is a Tamiya 1/6th Scale FLSTF Fatboy, FXE1200 SuperGlide, FLH Classic and Police Version. Click to view image in a larger window

FLSTF Fatboy

This build was for Paul Hoyos of Cardio Combat in San Francisco (Check him out on Youtube) and was looking to build a T2 Terminator replica. Bare-Metal foil makes the cooling fins pop and the weathering was done by Paul himself. The photo with the miniature Arnold was by Paul Hoyos and the trick background in the second rendition is original artwork by graphic artist Brenda Pipe of Montreal.

FXE1200 SuperGlide

Introduced by H-D in 1971, this 1/6 rendition by Tamiya captures the essence of the original quite nicely. The tank shape, decals, engine details (and on and on...) all show an almost fanatical attention to detail that makes these H-D builds so rewarding. More than a century later, the marque endures which speaks volumes for a product that was birthed in a 10' x 15' wooden shed by true visionaries and is now a world-wide recognized icon. While the new ones are so improved in so many ways, my all-time favorite remains a 1971 Super-Glide in white and I really like the lines of this one. Reminds me of flipping open a copy of "Big Bike" and seeing their test for the first time.

Harley-Davidson FLH Classic

Patience is a virtue when building the Harley-Davidson FLH Classic in 1/6 scale by Tamiya but the results are quite rewarding. Stay away from the super glues when doing the large parts that are painted or chromed to avoid ‘frosting’. Tamiya brush-on clear-coat for decals is recommended and Tamiya spray clear-coat really makes the Tamiya black come to life with a nice gloss. To make the best use of your time, I recommend working on several sub-assemblies (i.e. frame, engine, accessories, etc) simultaneously. This will allow each sub-assembly to dry properly (paint or glue) yet not impede progress. The top box might be left unglued to allow different display options since it can rest on the top rack nicely without glue. Don't forget to tap all the screw holes with the screws prior to painting so that everything goes together easily with the painted pieces at final assembly. The use of white glue (not carpenters glue, but Lepages or Elmer) for the turn signals, headlight lens, tailight lens and other clear parts will avoid marring.

Harley-Davidson Police Version

Just a super fun build from beginning to end. The custom addition of piano wire spokes help add realism. The wire used for the Motorola police radio is one strand of phone wire that has been wrapped around a small screwdriver. Chrome bare metal foil is used to add a finishing touch to the windscreen brace that just cannot be accomplished with regular paints.

The Zen of Bruce

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