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RM CHOPPER BUILDS... Post yours here... Let's share our ideas.
Posted by Tommy May on Friday, September 22, 2006 6:51 PM
All you RM Chopper builders join in here... Post your WIP's and/or completed builds... The idea is to share our hard work and building techniques with each other.

Numerous fine choppers from across the world on the pages below... Tons of builds, WIP's, detailed photos and information so take time and check it out.

These new kits from RM are awesome... The RM Choppers could very well be one of the largest selling model kits in history... How many have you bought?


My humble finished builds here...





This is how it all started... So follow along.

I'm not a bike builder so bare with me... Heck I'm still not sure how to wire and plumb it yet so I'll need your help on this... I bought a couple of kits at WallMart last month and they have been burning a whole in my workbench.

I opted to match the front fender with the rear fender here... I also shaved off the logo on the seat and smoothed out the belt drive cover for matching body paint.



I built the frame and smoothed it out... I also rounded off the bottom of the tank to make it look right.



Because of molding in the frame the front fork attachment area had to be simply redesigned... Details below on how I did that... If there is a better way of doing this post it here and let us know.


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 22, 2006 7:29 PM
Hi tommy may,TJ here,On your pictures it shows the tank and frame togther,i hope it isn't glued yet,because what would be the trick getting the fender wheel and disc brake in without braking the pins molded in the frame.With mine I'm stuck at this point.Any suggestions?? [TJ]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 22, 2006 7:30 PM
wow tommy ya want to start another awesome tread?? like ww3??

I AM IN BUDDY JUST NEED TO BUY IT TOMORROW..LOL

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Posted by Tommy May on Friday, September 22, 2006 8:02 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by tonyjaruszewski

Hi tommy may,TJ here,On your pictures it shows the tank and frame togther,i hope it isn't glued yet,


No... The tank and frame are not glued together yet... The tank and fenders will match the frame but with some subtle graphics I have planned.

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Posted by Tommy May on Friday, September 22, 2006 8:07 PM
Join in, Matt... We are just sharing ideas here... I need some myself. Cool

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 23, 2006 8:29 AM
Our very own 'Biker Build Off" ! I'm in. My last three chops are posted so I need to get some WIP pix of the latest, hopefully tonight.
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Posted by Tommy May on Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:29 PM
Welcome Gonzo... Help us out with some ideas.

Here's what I did today...

I painted the seat black and plan on attaching some fine thin black leather to it... I bought this thin leather back some years ago and understand it's rather hard to find now.

I cut a peice out to fit on top which was no easy task and plan on gluing it down tightly.



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Posted by Tommy May on Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:54 PM
Also...

The chrome plating on this kit ain't the best I've seen and the oil tank had some bad flaws so I opted to paint the oil tank to body color.

Yes, the base color on my build will be black.



And the battery looked a little lame and out of place so I desided to make it look like it was in a box wich I painted black... I just smoothed it out and added some styrene strips so it would appear as a closed box.

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Posted by Fade39 on Sunday, September 24, 2006 2:09 AM
Like your's so far Tommy. i have my Crusader started to. Wish i would have thought of your fork idea beforehand. I'll try and post some pics soon.
Mine is painted "Dragon Fire Pearl" from Cobra Colors. Stripped all the chrome and used Alclad. Am in the process of figuring out how I want to paint the wheels using Alclad and paint to be a little different.
Can't wait for the "Torch" and "Bone Daddy" chops!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 8:47 AM
I must look out for these on sale, reminds me of a couple I used to have in the '70s....
I think someone needs to make one with all rusted chrome and barely road legal, damage to fuel tank, primary cover replaced by chicken wire - that kind of thing! (don't know if I could bring myself to do it though!)
** yeah, like this! http://www.ratbike.org/docs/58.html
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 10:00 AM
Well, I see you've been up to your old trick again, Tommy, except this time it is here in the motorcycle forum . . . it's a great idea . . . and I have a few of those kits around . . . hum . . . can my brain take two hot topics at the same time?

You are right about these kits though, they are moving fast, and for the most part they are excellent and really inviting . . . I have seen already some great builds going on, and yours in progress is no exception . . .

The kits lend themselves really well to scratch-building add ons . . . this is another great idea on your part. It keeps all the juices flowing.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 10:07 AM
hey tommy i bought one yesterday.. i will think something today.. i was thinking of heavy or mid mods.. will come up with some ideas..
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 10:12 AM
Hey, Tommy--the other thing that really appeals to me about this is that like you, I am not a bike builder, and have actually never build one so this would be a first, and like Matt says I think these two kits really lend themselves to modifications and scratch-building of all sorts . . . I can see folks really getting excited about his one.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 1:18 PM
Tommy welcome to the chopper craze glad your enjoying it. A cbp was started already Here is just one pic of my first custom build. Unfortunately my second build was put on hold due to other commitments but it is going to be a total cut up job with a lots of work done to the frame. My third project which is in the mock up stage is going to be a total rad cut up job ( its from a photo I found in one of my bike mags that I want to try and copy) I will post photos of both soon but for now Here is just one shot of my ghost rider bike, click on my link for more shots and welcome aboard. Cool

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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 3:46 PM
Fade... Let's see some pictures of your build... We are all looking for idea's here.

mjt... Build one of those "Rat Bikes" for us, Dude.

Virgil... I see you're stalking me as is Matt [:0]... I just needed a release from the "After WW III" thread... Not that I'm burnt out it form it but I just needed a new project and these new RM Choppers are killer... I haven't built a dang car in over a year now... But modeling is always fun.

Build us a Chopper Virgil... You can even put some guns and weathering on if you'd like my friend. Wink

Matt... Start your build, Buddy... Hope you have a better camera now. Smile

Zombie... Your "Ghost Ridder" is outta sight... The chopped down tank and dechroming is a great idea for us... I love it. Big SmileThumbs Up

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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:06 PM
Build update...

This one is more of a "How Not Too" then a "How Too". Dead

I reluctantly painted the basic black color strait from a Testers rattle can... I laid the paint on too thick on the frame and had some Censored runs in it... So I had to strip it off.

I know there are a lot of model paint strippers out there but the best I've ever used is an institutional strength butyl base over and grill cleaner which is one of the products I sell to my customers.

If this stuff doesn't clean it off it's on there forever... I've never seen it not take normal paint off anything... This stuff will strip model chrome and it's undercoat in less the a minute... It'll even dissolve aluminum and other mild metals but doesn't harm plastics.

I soaked it over night and easily removed the aftermath with a toothbrush... Ahh, Don't use it on your teeth. Wink




Oh yeah!... I repainted the frame with an airbrush and it came out fine. Big Smile

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:14 PM
hey tommy sorry to hear what hapend... yours is the crusader model right?/ mine is the aces wild but i will customize it better....paint..black metallic..

well i saw some pretty thing with the seat.. you inspired me buddy thanx.. mine will also have every linkage and lines for fuels and so on..

about the camera is still the old fashion one Dead
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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:24 PM
Not sure why but Testers gloss black enamel takes longer to dry then any paint i've ever used so I had to plug in the dehydrator to do the job for me.

I'm sure everybody has used or heard of using these for drying model paints... A good friend of mine and modeling buddy in Atlanta, GA (Bob Downie) gets the national credit for coming up with this idea several years ago.

If you are in the maket for one try to find one that has an adjustable thermostat... You don't want to melt anything... I keep mine at a 115 degree temp... And no, I've never cooked any food in mine Wink.

Even at a blistering 115 degrees it took that dang black paint 16 hours to dry.





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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:27 PM
hey tommy i had roblem with testorz paints in can.... they spray too much paint on the model.... i had the same problem as you.. i think it is just the cans that sucks.. other cans are way better...and dries faster
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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:37 PM
I understand, Matt... A new can sprays OK but try this with a used can of paint... Make sure the nozzle is like totally clean and set your can in hot tap water before spaying... That seems to add more pressure to the spray can.

I said hot tap water from the faucet, don't put it on the stove unless you like explosions and a big mess.

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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:51 PM
Thank RM for giving us two fuel tanks in the kit... I used one for testing my graphics to see how it would look... Trust me I did this in just a few minutes from cans of old paint and it's rather rough... I'll do this with an airbrush on the build paint.

Actually these colors are my favorites together... I used them on my slot cars I raced back in the late '60's... Black&Blue

The base paint is Testers gloss black... Then it's masked and Testers matalic silver is laid on... The mask is removed and Testers transparent blue is applied over all... That dang blue really pops the black... Then I'll lay on some clear enamel and buff on it some.



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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 5:14 PM
awesome bud....i like those colors.. believe it or not but those are my favourites...
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 5:19 PM
Here's my current chopper...these pics are a few weeks old. I redid a few things since then, moved the sissy bar back further and polished it more. The battery was rewired as well.





I got another one in the design stages!
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Posted by Tommy May on Sunday, September 24, 2006 5:56 PM
69ZL-1... My all time favorite muscle car BTW Big Smile... Killer build there... We'd love some insight on how you accomplished it... This post is a for sharing ideas on the RM choppers. Wink

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 6:08 PM
hey tommy i was thinking after i finished the chopper and my 1/12 camaro to build a diorama titled "the american dream" with the camaro and the chopper together.. what ya think??

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 24, 2006 7:48 PM
Tommy, that's just absolutely beautiful, those graphics . . . the whole build is coming along killer . . . you are going to have another great build on your hands . . . and no, I am not trying to stalk you . . . Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile

BTW--I had seen some of these choppers at Wal Mart two days ago. Today when I went to get them, they were all gone . . . if it is true that they are selling like hot cakes, I hope RM will decide to do a few more, or release a parts pack . . . something cool to really go all out on the individuality . . .
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Posted by Tommy May on Monday, September 25, 2006 9:23 AM
I'd seriously doubt if we see any parts packs from RM... But considering how well these first two kits are selling you can bet we'll see more choppers coming out in the future... Big Smile

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Posted by javelinsst390 on Monday, September 25, 2006 10:48 AM
Hey, guys, I just picked up one of these, and it's my first Chopper model build, though I've worked on a few 1:1's here and there. I have the Aces Wild kit, and I am planning on picking up the Crusader next week. My question is, will the rear Fender from the Crusader fit the Aces Wild? The kit fender is too bulbous and sits too high off the tire to bob it. Don't need a front Fender. I need something that fits the radius and curvature of the tire better. I want it to HUG it. I took mine, Raked the front out a couple more degrees, and I am in the process of cutting the rear swingarm off and making new mounts on the frame. (The up-rights should be flat, not curved) then I'll re-attach it with small brass hardware. I'm almost thinking of making it a hard-tail, but I'm not 100% on that yet. I like a more drag-bike style, Long, low, and raked out. Also, I'm using the more curved gas tank, and the FIRST thing I had to do was shorten the RIDICULOUSLY long risers ont the drag bars. Wacking almost 3/4 of the length off them got the snuggled down on the trees, like good drag bars should be.

Sorry, No pics yet. I have lots and lots of work to do yet.
Peace, Chris Remember When real cars were made of metal and models were made of plastic? Now real cars are plastic and models are metal! "Have any good freakouts lately?"
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Posted by Tommy May on Monday, September 25, 2006 4:45 PM
Hey Javelin... You should have picked up both kits... I would have both but the dang hobby shops and Wallys are all out here... I'd thought the Aces Wild bike was a hard tail as is the Crusader (dumb me). Dunce

Anyway your build ideas sound very interesting... Please post some pictures when you start your build so the rest of us bike modelers can see some new ideas.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 25, 2006 5:05 PM
These suckers ARE selling well everywhere . . . the toy manager at Wal Mart told me they have more on order . . . it's an all-around great thing . . .yes, I sure do hope they make more different style choppers . . . I tell you they are fun to build . . . it's refreshing to build something that has such few parts but looks so good!

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