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The new King Chopper

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  • Member since
    September 2008
  • From: Texas
The new King Chopper
Posted by jkitman on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:01 PM

First off, thanks to Atlantis for reissuing the king chopper.  I have waited 50 yrs for another chance at building this kit. I was 10 yrs old when this kit came out. I broke so many pieces because I didn't have an xacto knife back then. I was trying to use a steak knife or a paring knife to cut parts off the trees.  Lol. Its was 1969... I wonder how many other kids had the same experience? Anyway, this kit is no cakewalk. I had several issues that Ill pass on to you so hopefully it will be easier for you.  When you install the front engine mount, the instructions show it level. I had to rotate it slightly down in the back so that the engine would rotate forward. Otherwise, youll never get the rear exhaust pipe to clear the frame upright. Something I discovered luckily before the glue dried. Also make sure the engine is sitiing absolutely plumb in the frame. Everything builds off of it. I had to build out of sequence in order to get help keeping everything in place. In step 6 the second part states to mount the gearbox,  but I had a hard time keeping it stable  so I proceeded to step 7 and mounted the clutch cover and chain in order for some support for the gearbox.  I also let the glue get good and tacky before I started the assembly. Also the clear tubing for the oil lines are way too long. Test fit the tubing.  I should have cut them at least a 1/2 inch shorter. I didn't have enough clear tubing left to make the line for the tank to carb.  And cut the lines longer  the clutch and brake so you can bring them closer to the handlebars. I had to drill a hole  in the top of the frame for the rear locating tab on the gas tank. I also waited until I was completely finished before I removed the brace between the handlebars.  I wanted all the support there because it seems I broke the handlebars back in the day. Anyway. That just about sums it all up. Im not sure a 10 yr old could build this kit. With some kits under their belt and some guidance maybe so. I am really happy to have the kit and proud that I actually finished it. Try it and enjoy.  

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 3:22 AM
hopefully everyone else gets as much fun and nostalgia out of it as you did. I saw Hpiguy build one on his Youtube Channel and while it didn't peak my interest, it sure is a massive kit with lots of potential for your own customizing.

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

  • Member since
    September 2008
  • From: Texas
Posted by jkitman on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:51 AM

Hey aussie. I guess you had to grow up in America in the late 60s through the 70s to appreciate Tom Daniels  designed  kits. I love them and all the crazy show cars of that era. I noticed that you like TV etc. cars. I checked out your Flickr site. We have some of the same kits. Wasnt sure what you have access to down under. I guess with the internet,  you have access to just about whatever you desire. Just a matter of cubic dollars.  Lol.

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