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Y'all had a look at how Tamiya's re-entering the 1/6 market?

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Y'all had a look at how Tamiya's re-entering the 1/6 market?
Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Monday, August 19, 2013 1:58 PM

Get a load of this:

Yup. H-D Fatboy Lo. Due November.

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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Posted by awhitegt on Monday, August 19, 2013 2:27 PM

I'm sure that it will be impressive in the flesh, and equally expensive. No complaints with Tamiya at all though. Quality is always worth spending a little more on.

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." - Groucho Marx

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Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Monday, August 19, 2013 2:34 PM

True that.  HLJ has it discounted to around $150.  Sure looks pretty, though...

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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Posted by krow113 on Monday, August 19, 2013 7:44 PM

Good ,the more Harley models the better.

Thank You ; Krow113
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Posted by NIbiker on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 1:24 PM

Maybe some of the car modellers should build this bike, but then again, some of them would like this as a "Curbside" kit, something that I get a chuckle about when I read about them.

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:09 AM

LOL - a curbside bike?  OKayyyyy

Tamiya certainly take the cake for bikes in my book

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

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Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:40 PM

x 2 on the LOL, Rik. One has to wonder at a curbside bike when the engine is out there as an open visual element of a motorcycle's structure and design.

But the like-it-or-not FACT of the matter is that a car's visual representation, unlike nearly any bike's, can be complete in a model without an engine.

Mind, I'm saying this as someone with a very strong preference for completely represented engines in car kits.  But beyond a personal preference - partly from thinking engines are important enough to render in scale and partly from simply being conditioned to expect them from the manufacturers that provide them - I'm not going to pretend my opinion is backed by any particular objective merit or logical advantage in this case.  

There are those who would maintain the absence of an engine necessarily betrays a lack of effort; it's a bit difficult to make that argument stick when, say, a curbside rally car easily expends twice the intricacy and parts count on its interior and roll cage as what you see on a typical engine.  This is why I've been known to judge a well-engineered 135-piece curbside superior to a 95-piece kit with an engine and fit problems, and why I will continue to do so without apology, no matter how much I'd really rather have an engine myself.

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 8:04 PM

Yes agree totally.

Most of my kits even with detailed up engines sit on my shelf with hoods down anyway.

Curb side or cupboard side  call it what you will.

Time permitting, I do enjoy every now and again picking one up and looking inside the hood at the engine.

Imagine a 1/6 scale bike where you actually assembled the engine just like a real engine ie internal components etc pistons, just like a real one.

Now that would be educational as well as fun !!!!!

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

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Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:55 AM

Well now you mention that, I gotta go back to that Testors Visible Harley engine again, see how it might display as a companion piece with the new Fat Boy...

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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Posted by HomeBrewer on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:31 AM

There is one like that. Protar made a 1/6 Moto Guzzi like you describe. If you can find one on eBay, expect to spend $300 minimum.

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Posted by oter on Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:59 AM

the old protar moto guzzi will soon be out again under italeri brand,over 770 parts

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Posted by Barrio Dog on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:04 AM

This Fat Boy is a beautiful model that exceeds even Tamiya's excellent 1980 1/6 Harley kits some of which are being reissued.  As an example each fin on the cylinders is a separate piece, making it much easier to paint the tips aluminum.  Additionally they have some upgrade metal parts and photo etched parts.

Documentation note:  The first year the Fat Boy Lo came out it was only offered in two colors, Vivid Black (gloss black) and Denim Black (flat black).  The "Denim" Harley colors appear to be simply flat but they are not.  They are actually metal flake paints with a flat clear coat on top.  If I build this one I'm going with the Denim Black.  Can anyone suggest how I get 1/6 scale metal flake?

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:23 PM

Anybody pick one of these up yet?

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

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Posted by Aussie Mick on Monday, June 23, 2014 10:37 PM

I am a builder of both cars and bikes. The bikes I build are mostly Tamiya race bikes and I can spend about 2 weeks detailing an engine for one, then when you put the fairings on  less than 10% of the motor is visible! So I agree with Chuck when he says there are merits for both genres! I have seen better curbside models than full detail builds. It's the quality and workmanship that makes the difference.

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Posted by krow113 on Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:57 PM

I did- gave it a good look . The kit is Tamiya at its finest in this genre.  I can see this represents the real bike very well. Need to get the little detail up kit as well, has photo cut brake  rotors .

www.ebay.com/.../281299689807

If you are on ebay , watch the auctions for the kit , one went for $ 175 last night.  I had three vendors on watch and got mine for $225 shipping in.

Thank You ; Krow113
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Posted by peteski on Thursday, September 04, 2014 4:11 AM

I build the other 1:6 Fat Boy Tamiya sold back in the early 2000s. It was never sold in USA - only in Japan (I got mine from HLJ).

That was an awesome kit to build!  It also had a sturdy metal frame (after all it is a rather heavy model).

I was very excited when I read that Tamiya was going to issue the 1:6 Fat boy. I thought it was the same model I built in 2004. But it was a newer version of a Fat Boy.   To be honest, what attracts me to Harleys is their flashy and shiny paint and lots of chrome!  Well, this model has none of that!

I did pick it up though - I'm planning on building it my way (glossy paint and lots of parts will get plated).  However I was disappointed that this model has a plastic frame. I don't know how will it will hold up on the long run (will it start sagging/distorting after few years)?  But I'm still glad we have another Fat Boy in large scale!

Here are few more images of my build (taken at the TamiyaCon 2005).

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