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Harley WW2 WLA

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  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: NW Chicago
Harley WW2 WLA
Posted by ajski on Monday, February 11, 2013 4:02 PM

This kit is the Italeri 1/9th scale WW2 Harley WLA. Bought for $3 at a hobby shop because the box was opened and all parts were removed from the sprues.  If you know this kit it was a challenge just identifying the parts let alone know where they go. Kit was 98% complete. Missing were the Thompson machine gun which I scratch built using sheet plastic and the scabbard which I scratch built. The drive chain was fabricated also. Hope you like.

  

Ski

  • Member since
    May, 2010
Posted by krow113 on Monday, February 11, 2013 4:08 PM

Excellent ,More pix please. Also if you would like some technical info to make the model a little more correct let me know.My Bobber '47 was rendered from this kit.

Kudo's for completion!

Thank You ; Krow113
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: NW Chicago
Posted by ajski on Monday, February 11, 2013 5:26 PM

Thanks. Here are a couple more. Let me know more info please. I tried to be accurate with some online pics. Always open for more suggestions.

 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: leominster ma . 01453
Posted by hemi hunter on Monday, February 11, 2013 5:32 PM

great bike very nicely detailed

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    May, 2010
Posted by krow113 on Monday, February 11, 2013 5:47 PM

Heres a few that apply to whatever is done with this kit:

1) Kit instructions show the spark plug wires originating from the generator. The rectangular box on the left side of the frame's seat post is the coil, the plug wires go there.

2) The most common issue is with the contact breaker housing. This is the 'mushroom' shaped part on the right side of the engine between the pushrods. It has a tab and post off the side of it. You have the tab and post pointing out from the engine. The tab and post are to hook into the 'c' shaped part directly in front of it.The 'c' shaped part is to rotate the housing for manual ignition spark advance/retard, on the bike this is done by rotating the left handgrip. Dont worry this is the most common issue, one of the best ones I saw of these had it like yours, he wasnt open to input.

3) These bikes were mass produced, 80 k of them I think. The cylinder heads were cast iron and painted black. Silver as you painted replicates racing aluminum heads,those came later.

Very nice model ! I hope you are ok with the input.

Check my Bobber '47 wip on here its the same kit in a post war rendition.

Thank You ; Krow113
  • Member since
    October, 2006
  • From: NW Chicago
Posted by ajski on Monday, February 11, 2013 6:45 PM

Thanks Krow. I am ok with the input. Although most every restored WLA pic I find online has the aluminum heads or silver anyway. Even some WW@ pics showed both black and silver. Hard to find cast iron for resto's maybe? By the way, just shy of half those 80,000 bikes were used by allied nations under the lend lease program. Russia, China, Brazil, British Empire to name a few. Thanks for taking the time to pass the info on to me.

Ski

  • Member since
    May, 2010
Posted by krow113 on Monday, February 11, 2013 7:10 PM

Its prolly silver paint. I guess it can be both ways. I have pix of a WLC ( C for Canada) with a snorkel on it!

WLR- R for racing.

Thank You ; Krow113

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