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Revell old-school bobber WIP.

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  • Member since
    August 2011
Revell old-school bobber WIP.
Posted by tumbleweed on Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:39 PM

This is my first post here and my first motorcycle build. This is Revell's "Fireball" and "Crusader" kits kinda mixed and matched. Lots of modifications and scratch building, but then again, that's the fun right? I still have a lot to go on this one. I haven't even touched the front end yet. I want to do a springer front end. I don't really know how that is gonna work out though. Thanks for check'n it out and let me know what you think!


Modifications so far:

Reworked oil tank with scratch built battery box

Spark plug wires and fuel line added

Suicide shifter added

Manual kickstart added

Bolts on the cylinder heads re-drilled because they were barely there

Raised detail on the seat sanded off

Frame was cut to lower the bike a bit



I still have to make the rear part of the frame. I cut them to lower the bike a bit.


I am going to completely rebuild the belt and pullies because i'm not using the belt cover and the kit belt has

no detail what so ever.


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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:26 PM

Looks like you have a great start on that scooter, any thoughts on what color you might be squirting on it?

High octane

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Posted by tumbleweed on Friday, August 5, 2011 11:40 AM

Probably flat black with red/white flames maybe. Definitely no chrome. It's gonna be an old school rat rod type bike.

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  • From: In the shadow of Lookout Mt. Phx AZ
Posted by pepperdrumstix on Friday, August 5, 2011 11:57 PM

Welcome to the forum. I like this WIP bike. Nice work going on here. Should be a fine bike when you are done. I like the new bobbers that are showing up at runs and bike shows. Excellent scratchbuilding here too. Looks like you may have turned a wrench or 2 on a real bike. Keep up the good work and keep us posted. Patrick  M

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  • From: Sioux Falls, SD
Posted by Slammed C10 on Sunday, August 7, 2011 11:35 AM

That is a sweet looking bike so far, I really want to build one like it, lol living in South Dakota I'v got Sturgis fever right now and really want a bike.

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  • From: leominster ma . 01453
Posted by hemi hunter on Sunday, August 7, 2011 3:15 PM

you are off to a great start looks great some nice detail . welcome to the forum  Thumbs Up

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Posted by tumbleweed on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:57 PM

Thanks for all the good comments and the five star rating. (Don't really know how I pulled that off, but,  awesome!)

Made some progress on the rear arms of the frame.  They had to be cut off and moved upward to lower the frame. This caused the top to line up, but not the bottom, so I had to remake the rear arms. I made a crude but effective jig to hold the frame tight and mark where the rear wheel pegs need to be.


One original rear arm cut and temporarily glued into new position to mark location of rear wheel pegs.


Original arm removed, sanded smooth and ready for lockdown.





Next came the new rear arms scratch made out of stock plastic rod.



All came together pretty easy. Once glued in place, I will fill the gaps with putty and hopefully sand smooth.


Thanks for look'n

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Posted by tumbleweed on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:12 PM

I guess this is the next order of business. This should be fun.


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Posted by tumbleweed on Monday, August 22, 2011 12:05 PM

Here is the new belt drive and kickstand/ peg/clutch assembly.



I shortened the front end and pulled the rake in a bit.  I decided to go with the larger tank instead of the other one I originally had on it.  Here is the mock up of the bike so far.


Next up will be the pipes and ape hangers :)

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  • From: Antioch CA
Posted by JM485 on Monday, August 22, 2011 4:36 PM

Lookin great!  Nice job on the belt assembly.

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Posted by carnut72 on Monday, August 29, 2011 11:42 AM

Awesome bike. I cant wait to see this one done.

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Posted by tumbleweed on Monday, August 29, 2011 5:50 PM

Here is the mock up so far. Got the handle bars done and the tail light mount along with the license plate holder. All that's really left now is the pipes and then on to the paint!










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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:37 AM

Nice work.  I am looking forward to seeing this finished.


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  • From: Grand Junction, CO
Posted by Cipher on Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:37 PM

what did you use for your apes? looks great! awesome job! looove the pulleys!

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Posted by tumbleweed on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:56 PM

I used brass rod for the handle bars. Had to bend a few before I got it right.

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Posted by tumbleweed on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 1:07 PM

Finally got it painted and I'm working on a small base to display it on. Hope It meets everyone's expectations.
















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Posted by lorider on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10:36 PM

Simply tasty. Can imagine hopping on it and peeling out.

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  • From: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Posted by Fordforever on Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:03 AM

I dig it too.Nice build.  Chuck

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  • From: Fargo, ND
Posted by Lunajammer on Sunday, October 16, 2011 6:21 PM

I just read your thread. Many, many neat ideas here with very good photos. Thanks for being a good resource.

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Sunday, October 16, 2011 7:06 PM

Looks like you did a great job on that scooter and I like all the detail you put into that project.

High octane

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Posted by AAGasser on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:49 PM

Great details on this build, I especially like the kick starter,belt drive and the overall look of this bike.These kits are great to customize and you definately hit a home run with this one.  BILL

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  • From: arthur, il.
Posted by red twizzler on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:00 PM

Not bad at all. Lots of good ideas.

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  • From: Southern Maine
Posted by surfnut on Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:05 PM

The bobber looks great! Very nice clean work. I like the idea. The setting really sets the bike off, nice simple display.

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Posted by treadhead on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:16 PM

Great job on the bobber. I am working on one very similar and am at a stumbleing point. What did you use to paint your white walls and how did you apply it? Also how did you mask off the flames?

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Posted by tumbleweed on Thursday, March 8, 2012 9:05 AM

I masked off the treads of the tire with liquid latex and sprayed testors flat white with an airbrush. I would recommend spraying an acrylic as the white didnt dry well on the rubber and would leave fingerprints during handling. As for the flames, I used the same, but, the latex left rough edges when I peeled it off. I went to sand down the tank and fender again to repaint it when I noticed it gave it a rough, junkyard look to it. Exactly what I was going for. I call those "happy mistakes".


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