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Drag Bikes
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 2:49 PM
Does anyone else out there like drag bikes? I try to attend one race per season on the AMA Prostar circuit. Being that I currently reside in Florida, I have two opportunities at it as Gainsville, FL is where the season begins and ends.

The bikes that I have a particular fascination with, are the Top Fuel bikes (i.e., Larry "Spiderman" McBride, the late Elmer Trett, Tony Land Ron Webb and even some of the Harley Top Fuelers). These bikes have a heck of a lot of power to weight (some have in the neighborhood of 1,000 HP), and are neat to watch these guys try to ride (not to mention tha the elapsed times and speeds are pretty impressive).

Here are a couple of pictures in which I tried to capture the essence of Larry's bike (the first is the model in primer, the next are finished pictures of the bike, and the third is Larry's website). The bike is almost 100% scratchbuilt and was in an issue of SAE (Atlanta NNL South '02 coverage)

Hope you guys enjoySmile!
http://www.roadknights.net/photoalbums/dirkjoseph/pictures.html
http://public.fotki.com/scalemodeler/charlotte_models/model_drag_cycle_100.html
http://www.larrymcbride.com/
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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 4:56 PM
Now we're talking!!
Outstanding build, dirkjoseph. My two lame Ducati models can't even share the same space with your drag bike. Thanks for the inspiration and the kick in the pants I need to get going with my own custom bike.
Everybody now, click on those links and check out a most awesome model!

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 7:51 PM
Mojo,

I have two accounts on SAE as I like to browse the forums so much that I do it at work and at home. My home name is scrappyj1 (got that from my military days in the Army '82-'86). Thanks so much for the kind comments. If you are at all like me, I like to hear positive reinforcement more so than receiving awards.

As for the comparison of me to you, I feel that everyone is an outstanding modeler as long as what they build is satisfaction to themselves. I also feel that everyone has to the potential to do outstanding work (not that I consider my work outsanding), it just depends on how dedicated they want to be. The most important thing, as many have said in various other forums, is that you enjoy what you are doing, and are satisfied with your hobby. I've learned bits and pieces from some of the more well-known guys in the hobby and that is what is so neat about our hobby (the fellowship). I know that I might sound preachy and hopefully my words and projects inspires ( I say that in the humblest of intention).

I haven't done any of the sports bikes yet, but thougth about it when I saw the CBP (I think I got that right?). Do you have any of your Ducati posted? If so, I'll make sure to check them out tomorrow.

I also have a couple of custom bikes going myself and will try to get some pictures loaded so that I can post (as many others on the forum, I too have recently purchased a digital camera and am learning this whole picture posting/forum thing).

Again, thanks for the kind words!!!Smile
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  • From: Canada
Posted by eajonesgue on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 4:05 PM
Very impressive model! From the comparison with the other models in the picture, I assume that it is 1/12 scale.

I've started a drag bike project some years ago (based on Vance and Hines bike featured in a motorcycle magazine) and got maybe 1/2 way completed when I got stuck on how to do the rear drag slick. I have taken a 1/12 tire from a Tamiya F1 car and tried to build up extra diameter with putty, but it didn't work our very well. How did you do yours?

Evan Jones
Evan Jones http://www.eajonesgue.com/scalemodels
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 9:13 PM
Hey Eajonesgue!

It really isn't 1/12 scale. That's the scale that I wish I had done it on, however, it all started from the front tire and then I started building around that. Some say that its 1/18 scale, but I think its more like 1/20 (or somewhere around there). The slick that I ended up being able to use (only by luck), was the SoReal slicks. I too have considered doing the Doug Vancil (Vane & Hines) Harley, but am in the middle of working on two customs/choppers (of the 1/18 scale persuasion: I've found that the new diecasts of West Coast Choppers et.al., provides significantly more in the parts bashing arena, than the other scales).

For 1/12 scale, you might be able to use the slicks off of the old revell 1/16 scale funny cars and dragsters (although I think this would be more appropriate for a pro stock slick in the 1/12 scale: they might be too little for 1/12 top fuel bikes). The other thing that I thought about, was to look at 1/18 scale diecasts drag cars to see if I might be able to scavenge some slicks from those cars (I think they might be perfect, but haven't had the chance to research it any further).

Any time that any of you guys want to brainstorm, feel free. We can continue to chat here in this forum, or you can e-mail me directly. I might not be as frequent on the forums as others (not for lack of desire), but I do love talking modelsSmile.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 9:17 PM
In the last response, I meant to say diecast drag cars in 1/12 scale should be good for the 1/12 scale top fuel bikes. I don't know if any even exist, but will try to do some research on it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 17, 2004 10:13 PM
are their any drag bik kits, i would love to build one. Ive never attempted to scratchbuild anything and I wouldnt even no where to start.
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  • From: Canada
Posted by Beemer on Sunday, January 18, 2004 12:28 PM
I know that Ertl produces 1/9 scale NHRA prostock diecasts.
I do believe that they are all Harley's though.
Ray
A man who limits his interests, limits his life. Vincent Price
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 19, 2004 2:10 PM
The one that I did is almost 100 scratchbuilt. I'm thinking about doing one to have it resin casted, but don't know if I want to get involved int hat much work (it would have to be designed differently in order to get a good mold for the resin).

Beemer is right that racing champions sells drag bikes in 1/9 scale (mostly pro stock bikes: they actually did one in 1/24 and, I think, 1/43). I actually purchased one from Milestone Marketing (or something like that) that is a 1/9 scale, top fuel harley (pretty nice piece, but a little pricy when I got it: you can probably get a a lot more reasonable now). I've also thought about making making a resin of the 1/24 pro stocker, but again, a lot of work involved.

If I decide to do the top fuel bike (Spiderman), I will post it here so that folks could e-mail me.

Other than that, you'd have to look at some old kits for drag bikes.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 19, 2004 3:12 PM
I agree scrappy, your work is awesome. You have obviously done a lot of research just to get your model to the primer stage. They sure are spectacular to watch.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 19, 2004 6:10 PM
Wow that's some awesome work. Hey did you ever want to build some other AMA bikes, I was thinking of building something like Ken Stotz's (i think that's his name) CBR 1100 XX machine until I saw a fulll feature of this machine. I was qiute discouraged after seeing that but maybe someone with your skills could get it done. I'd love to see something like this.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 19, 2004 6:38 PM
Caged,

I'm always looking at new projects (I've even been toying with doing a top-duel drag-boat). Send me some links via my work e-mail (dirk.joseph@bankofamerica.com) so I can check him out. Is he on the dragbike.com website?

I finally got around to taking some pics. of my in-project custom bikes/choppers. Now to figure out what's the cheapest way to find somewhere to host them. So if anyone has any recommendations, please e-mail me.

Thank you Caged and thank your Nobby Nuts for the compliments.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 5:57 AM
Try www.xpphoto.com It works well for me.
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Posted by kevlar86 on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 8:54 AM
And I use www.xpphotoalbum.com its free and easy to use. Smile
Kevin check out My photoalbum http://photobucket.com/albums/v648/kevlar86/
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Posted by kevlar86 on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 8:57 AM
scrappy your bike is amazing!! and almost 100% scratch built... outstanding job BowBowBow
Kevin check out My photoalbum http://photobucket.com/albums/v648/kevlar86/
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 3:39 PM
Thanks Kevlar for the compliment! Thanks also to you and Nobby Nuts for pinting me in the right direction with xpphoto. I was able to join today and should have some pics. available soom.Smile

Scrappy
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Posted by kevlar86 on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 5:33 PM
cant wait to see 'em. Smile
Kevin check out My photoalbum http://photobucket.com/albums/v648/kevlar86/
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 6:13 PM
Hey Kevlar...do you have to pay for photo post in order to post pictures on xpphoto? I registered, but didn't see any way to post pictures on there. Let me know.

ThanksSmile!

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 26, 2004 11:10 AM
Finally found a place to host some of my pictures. I went with FOTKI as they had unlimited file space. (Thanks to everyone for their other suggestions, but it appeared to be too much of a hassle: I probably messed it up some where). At any rate, I'm leaving the link to my FOTKI address (specifically my top fuel bike), although you can browse around a bit to the others.

Some of the pictures (most of the first three pages) were taken by Matt Polito at www.Dragbike.com. The others were taken by myself with my newly acquired Canon EOS Rebel (digital). As you can see, I have a long way to go with my photgraphy compared to Matt's.

Hope you guys enjoySmile!

http://public.fotki.com/ScrappyJ/top_fuel_bike_model/

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