Terminator 2 Harley Fat Boy 1/6th scale

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Kiwimike

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Fixed the handlebars into place and completed the final cabling.
 

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Kiwimike

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Starting to look like the real deal... Just got the saddlebags, exhaust system and rear vision mirrors to attach.
 

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Kiwimike

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The start of the exhaust system assembly. I decided the finish of the Supertrapp Mufflers wasn't up to scratch so I removed them and the tailpipes and will repaint them. Note the vacuformed heat shields on front and rear exhaust pipes.

The exact design of the exhaust mounts is giving me a headache at the moment. Still researching as I think my original mounting choice wasn't right.
 

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Kiwimike

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I think I've been looking at the way the mufflers are attached all wrong. I had assumed they were bolted in at right angles to the bike frame. See first picture. I now think they are bolted in from below. See poor quality second picture of the actual bike.
 

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Kiwimike

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Interesting update. The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee got back to me and might supply some shots of the exhaust muffler mounting system.
 

Kiwimike

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Saddle bags fixed in place. Just the rest of the exhaust system to go and the bike will be done. I'll then start work on the base.
 

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Kiwimike

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Today, exactly 20 days short of 6 years since I started and the Fatboy is finally completed. What a journey. Parts and purchases from literally all around the world. I learnt so much on this build.

The sheet of paper beneath the bike denotes the intended base size. It's A4, and I deliberately want to keep the base small to give the sense that the bike is literally overpowering it. The T2 Logo is a laser print transparency I'll use to Chemically etch the logo into a sheet of Aluminium. Hopefully the base won't take me 6 years to complete. I'll aim for no more than 2 months.
 

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Kiwimike

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A little update. Here is a blocked out arrangement of the base. I'm using a cork-backed dinner place mat which I'll paint to look like road. The T2 Logo is best placed at the back. I might paint a median strip too on the faux road surface. Photo taken at night so average quality.
 

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Kiwimike

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Fantastic work. Do you have the T800 from hot-toys to display with it by any chance?

Edit : If you don't, great news, it's going for only $600 on ebay :D
Thanks Olivier. I do have the Hot Toy. I'm going to build a new left "hand" plus hand-grip for the figure in order to replicate the iconic pose from the movie poster. I deliberately didn't glue the left hand-grip onto the handle bars for that reason.
 

Kiwimike

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Hi all. It took me more than the planned two months to finish the base. Issues with deciding on its design, and problems photo-etching the aluminium plaque. But finally, here it is. Finished. I decided on a tinted light grey acrylic base which was custom-made. The photo-etched T2 plaque is removable.
 

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Lt Washburn

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Just read through the whole project. What a fantastic build. I'm super impressed with the all the tiny detail work as well as your penchant for redoing things that would have pleased most people. Also, the number of techniques learned and used to accomplish it.

I did have a few questions about how you did a few things. On the pin-striping... you experimented with different ways to create masks and whatnot, and I wondered if photo-etching was a possibility too, as you seemed adept at using that method for other reasons.

Also, on the license plates, you say you embossed them on a photo-etched template into thin aluminum sheet? Did you just use a rubbing stick or something to for the metal into the characters? Was it extra-thick etched metal or was the thickness of a regular brass sheet enough to get the depth of embossing you wanted?
 

Kiwimike

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Just read through the whole project. What a fantastic build. I'm super impressed with the all the tiny detail work as well as your penchant for redoing things that would have pleased most people. Also, the number of techniques learned and used to accomplish it.

I did have a few questions about how you did a few things. On the pin-striping... you experimented with different ways to create masks and whatnot, and I wondered if photo-etching was a possibility too, as you seemed adept at using that method for other reasons.

Also, on the license plates, you say you embossed them on a photo-etched template into thin aluminum sheet? Did you just use a rubbing stick or something to for the metal into the characters? Was it extra-thick etched metal or was the thickness of a regular brass sheet enough to get the depth of embossing you wanted?
Hi

In answer to your questions I never thought of photo-etching masks for the pinstripes. I might try that on another project in the future. Thanks for the idea. On this project though I'm not sure how I would have stuck the etched masks to the complex curves of the fenders and gas tanks.

For the license plate I burnished the aluminium foil using a wooden cuticle stick, then rubbed it in for a final finish using a wooden toothpick to get a snug impression of the plate. At this stage of the build I hadn't built a vacuum-form machine. That's how I might have done it had the machine been ready.
 

Lt Washburn

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Good to know. To be clear, I have no idea if photo-etching mask would work for this purpose, I was just curious if you had considered it given your other use of the technique.
 

Kiwimike

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Good to know. To be clear, I have no idea if photo-etching mask would work for this purpose, I was just curious if you had considered it given your other use of the technique.
Hi, my apologies. I didn't answer your question about the thickness of the brass template used as the former for the license plate. Yes, it was thick brass, around 1.5mm thick. It was also a deep etch, made possible by heating the etchant and using an aquarium air bubbler to keep the etchant solution moving.
 

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