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Tony's "Fat Boy" Build Options
birdaj2
#1 Posted : 06 May 2019 20:01:13

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OVERVIEW

While the end result (in my opinion) makes into a very nice display motorcycle this is in no way a rapid build. I am now at Pack 6 and so far, I have more individual parts stored “For use in later parts of the build” than I have actually assembled so far.

I don’t have any major issues with this because the way to look at it really is to remember that all of the parts that are being “collected” will eventually all be called out in future instructions for assemble. You just need to ensure you keep then safe and sound so they do not get damaged before you get chance to use them.

Until now I have not been inclined to post any updates on this one or my other builds mainly because they will follow the instructions and will not be enhanced in any way. In part this is because my knowledge of motor vehicles is (I would say) non-existent so knowing if an engine bay is missing a certain “Doings” would go right over my head.

However, with, what I see, as a recent downturn in the modelspace forum and someone posting a note basically saying “contribute or loose it” I will try and do my bit and post updates on this one as and when I get the instalments through.

Its interesting when you look through the list of registered users of the site and look at the number of posts that are contributed. While this build diary might be mundane to the more “seasoned” members on here, maybe – just maybe – it will prove of some interest to newer members that are registered but have never contributed even a single post.

All I can do is try in the hope that it might spark an interest for some new users to contribute something.

As a final point I would just like to mention for anyone that decides to comment on my diary I will say in Advance “A VERY BIG THANK YOU” for doing so. What I will try and get away from are the constant “thank you” replies to each and every comment (if I am lucky enough to get any 😊) that have become the norm.

If anyone does ask a question then I will do my best to answer those but hope that viewers will not be offended by my change of tact.

I would rather see my updates appearing on the recent postings list because there is a new update from me rather than it appearing because I have acknowledged a comment left for me.

Hope that does not sound “rude” but hopefully you can see what I am getting at.
Happy Modelling

Tony

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Project: Porsche 911 - subscribed to the 24 month option
Project: back on the Jaguar build
Project: Harley Davidson Fat boy
Project: Lam. Countach
Project: 1:200 Bismarck (hachette)
birdaj2
#2 Posted : 06 May 2019 20:06:40

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MONDAY 06th MAY 2019 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

THE BUILD

I took delivery of Pack 6 at the weekend.

PICTURE 1

A significant number of parts have been built up so far with instructions “to store these away safely until they are required in the build”

PICTURES 2 & 3

This shows the delivery I received as PACK 6. In this mailing I received the 3 packs shown plus the instructions guide.

PICTURES 4, 5, 6 & 7

Each Mailing contains a booklet as can be seen here. It seems to follow a regular pattern of covering off bits of Harley Davidson history and a review of different bikes they have produced over the years.

The build instructions are very good in terms of the size of the pictures and the text. Nicely detailed and easy to follows.

PICTURES 8 & 9

In the last mailing we receive a screwdriver to aide the assemble of the model. To be honest this is a very decent screwdriver – good hardened blade so little chance of it getting “chewed up” when fitting the various screws.

PICTURE 10

One of the other things you get in the earlier mailings is this sealed screw identification pack. Where the screws supplied in some other builds (The Jaguar or Porsche for instance) are in labelled bags in this kit they are not so the identification pack does have a use.

PICTURES 11, 12, & 13

This time we get to assemble the fuel tank. Nothing to taxing as all you need to do is align the two fuel tank halves and fix together with the 2 screws that are called out in the instructions.

PICTURES 14, 15 & 16

We also get to work on the fuel tank mounted centre console in this pack. This component has a rotary switch that will be used to operate some of the working features of this model.

PICTURE 17

One thing I will be keeping an eye on is the fact that the circuit board in this part is labelled from A through E but it appears a pin prevents you from selecting the A and B setting. I presume this is intentional but should it need any changes this part will eventually be screwed onto the fuel tank so as easy as it is to fit it will be just as easy to remove should a Modification be required.

PICTURE 18

In the last mailing I made up the speedometer.

PICTURES 19 & 20

In this pack they have us fixing the speedometer into the console. It’s a press fit using 2 pins on the dial into 2 matching holes on the console. Mine was quite a tight fit (I guess intentional as its not glued or screwed) so care is needed not to apply pressure to the face of the “Glass” in case you end up cracking that part.

PICTURES 21 & 22

In previous packs we have been building the handle bars and this is what they look like so far.

PICTURE 23

One slight concern I have with the handle bar assemble is with this heat shrink that has been applied over one set of wires. To my eye it looks a lot shorter that the other side of the handle bars and as a consequence the red and yellow wires are more exposed.

Not and issue if this ends up buried under some other component part but will be an issue for me if its left exposed.

I do have a range of heat shrink tubing on hand from my electronics tinkering so if needs be, I think I can disassemble the plug so I can install a longer length of heat shrink tubing – just hoping that will not be necessary.

And that completes everything in this months PACK 6

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Happy Modelling

Tony

Project: USS Constitution - subscribed to the 24 month option
Project: Porsche 911 - subscribed to the 24 month option
Project: back on the Jaguar build
Project: Harley Davidson Fat boy
Project: Lam. Countach
Project: 1:200 Bismarck (hachette)
Markwarren
#3 Posted : 07 May 2019 08:01:05

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Nice start Tony and very well laid out. Looking forward to your next update.Cool ThumpUp

Mark
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#4 Posted : 07 May 2019 08:40:27

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Great to see you taking this one on Tony and looks like you're off to a very nice start and I look forward to following your diary to a conclusion.Cool Cool … All contributions to the forum are a welcome sight and from what I'm seeing it looks as if the forum is picking up slowly in terms of members posting, long may that continue.... Without contributions, regardless how small then I fear the forum will simply come to an end.... Good luck with your build....

Regards

Alan
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