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Harley Davidson FLSTC
Heritage Softail Classic

Testor 1/9th Scale Kit

harley 1

harley 2

The last time I built a bike kit, it was Barry Sheene's Suzuki RG500 and I was about 15 then. Now, twenty odd years later, I saw this kit in my local model shop and decided to treat myself with it. I have a little passion for Harley's and wanted to build something worthy of the name.

Once the contents were examined, it was noticed that the chrome plating was too think and the sprue tabs would leave bare plastic on view. So all the plating was stripped using "Mr Muscle" oven cleaner, then the chrome was re-applied with Alclad's Chrome using Revell's Gloss Black enamel as the basecoat. Out of the entire build, the stripping and re-applying of the chrome was the most time assuming of this project. The cylinder blocks, engine case and gearbox were also painted with Alclad's Polished Aluminium.

The frame and swing arms were painted with Tamiya's Semi-gloss Black, as were the saddle, back rest and saddlebags. The kit fenders and fuel tank halves were moulded in blue plastic and Tamiya's Metallic Blue was the perfect match for the photo on the box. So this was the colour chosen for this build. As the paint was from Tamiya's aerosol range, I decanned the paint and after leaving it to degas, the model was airbrushed. The centre's of the brake disc's and belt pulley were painted with the same Metallic Blue along with the oil tank which was chrome plated in the kit. To finish this off, several coats Pearl Clear was used over all of the Metallic Blue.

The model has been built as per the instructions, including the operating forks and rear suspension. Minor extra details that has been added to the model, include wire supports for the hoses and cables. Cables and scratch-built terminal clamps have also been added to the battery under the saddle. A UK registration plate with a scratchbuilt bracket were fitted to the model too. Bare Metal Foil was used for the buckles on the saddlebags. The side stand for the model is okay for short term use, but for long term display either strengthen the side stand with stiff wire inside or use the display stand supplied with the kit.

I was very pleased with the finished model and plan to build the other Harley from Testor in the future. This has been made even more pleasurable when some motorcycling friends did not believe that the Harley was a model when they saw the photographs for the first time.

harley 3 harley 4 harley 5 harley 6
harley 7 harley 8 harley 9 harley 10



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July 2009, Milton Keynes Scale Model Club