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Harley Samurai Chopper

01-27-2012, 04:35 AM
Starting a new project before finishing the guzzi..
This time the model kit is the same of the FLH just posted (Academy 1/10 Harley).

What is a Samurai Chopper?
It's a strange bike: is a motorcycle with a strange long wheelbase, the height from the ground by fear and a line as low as a few..

You can see more at

So I started wih the frame which I modified making it rigid (without rear ammo)
I scratchbuilt like the 70% of the frame using brass, plasticard and sprue parts.

Then I would have the open primary belt, so I scratched a new clutch (using plasticard, a washer and the hub of a formula1 wheel) and the corrispective pulley (using a tube's cap of cream).

01-27-2012, 07:14 PM
This is a very, very cool bike to make a model of. I can't wait to see what you do!

01-28-2012, 01:18 PM
I scratched the primary belt using 3 layers of self-adhesive vinil for the body an 3 layers of vinil for the teeth

01-28-2012, 03:06 PM
I built the oil tank, the fuel tank and the rear fender from scratch :naughty:

01-29-2012, 04:52 AM
Hi, the built is looking great this far. Can you show me wath this kind of vinil is and how that you made the teeth on it? Did you place these one by one on it?


I scratched the primary belt using 3 layers of self-adhesive vinil for the body an 3 layers of vinil for the teeth

01-29-2012, 05:25 AM
Hi, the built is looking great this far. Can you show me wath this kind of vinil is and how that you made the teeth on it? Did you place these one by one on it?


Ciao ketje! that vinil is simply the electrician's tape.. I stacked three layers of tape for the main body, I then stacked three other leaving a sticky surface and cutting off an infinite number of small teeth glued one by one on the body..:naughty:

A lot of patience is needed especially for the correct distance between them but the work pays off.. As the last thing I cut the tape to the right width (7mm) and I brushed a drop of glue on the sides to make sure that the teeth were not moving on the body..

01-29-2012, 07:58 AM
Too nice to read u also here.Your works are always too cool.
Will follow also this one, disca.Kepp on postin!

02-02-2012, 04:48 AM
I modified the frame giving it the typical gooseneck frame shape..

02-05-2012, 03:29 PM
Today I scratched the seat and the exhaust using aluminium, steel and plasticard..

02-05-2012, 04:23 PM
Great job!
Will be another interesting machine.

02-07-2012, 04:14 PM
Springer front forks.. they are totally scratchbuilt using plasticard and a 2mm tube of brass.

02-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Very nice work so far...especially on the clutch and primary belt - totally nuts! :)

For future reference for anyone else trying this, have a look out for old printer/scanners. I've got some rubber belts from them and they look great - not sure they have enough notches for 1/10th scale, but I've kept them for some 1/8th car projects and they are perfect for that.

Will try to get a photo!

02-08-2012, 09:37 AM
niiice, as a Harleyfan I will follow that one for sure. I'm looking forward to your springer front end.


02-09-2012, 10:19 AM
Some progress on the forks..

02-11-2012, 11:08 AM
I modified the springs and I scratched the kickstarter..

02-15-2012, 05:19 PM
great job can't wait to see the result. I'll be following this one.

02-28-2012, 02:45 PM
These days I built the carburator..
I saw some pictures on the web and I was inspired to build it. I used a tube of brass, a sheet of plasticard and bits of wire.

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03-21-2012, 07:50 AM
I scratched exhaust using plasticard, brass and 2k putty.
It must already be well-finished..

03-21-2012, 01:55 PM
This is looking great. I can't wait to see this one painted.

YongGun Park
03-21-2012, 07:24 PM
I love those details you made. Very nice.

03-30-2012, 04:05 PM
I modified the exhaust manifolds lowering them, then covered with wraps simulated with a medical adhesive gauze. I also scratched the speedometer and the license plate support

04-05-2012, 10:23 AM
waiting for good weather to start painting I built the rear brake lever.
They then started with a paper clip and a few tubes of brass to get an E-link system connected to the piston of the disc brake.

04-05-2012, 12:29 PM
Wow, great skill in making details

04-12-2012, 01:23 AM
Thanks sportracer!

These days I added some details to the engine and finally I started painting..
First layer of gloss black over every single part of engine, exhaust and gear.
Then I used "metalizers colors" on cylinders and exhaust; engine block, heads and gear has been sprayed with alclad II "polished aluminium".

04-12-2012, 01:32 AM
Waiting for the return of the sun to continue with the painting, I took the opportunity to prepare the frame by adding the last details and sanding any imperfections.
I then added all the welds, simulated by a thin copper wire.
The wire was rolled on a 0.5 mm drill bit, obtaining a spring which was then slightly stretched and then flattened.
The whole has been glued on the engine with a drop of glue and shaped with a toothpick, to look like a hand-made TIG weld.

04-22-2012, 02:23 AM
Those welds look great, thanks for sharing the technique.

04-22-2012, 04:00 PM
This is a beautiful and inspiring build! Keep it up and please keep sharing!

04-23-2012, 04:46 AM
Thank you guys.. while i'm attenfing the sun to restart airbrushing, I' continuing with the build of some particular parts.

So I scratched a pyrene etinguisher using brass and plasticard..

04-23-2012, 04:48 AM
At last I modified springer forks, rebuilding the springs-support and scratching a neww front-light.

04-24-2012, 06:28 PM
damn, that is hot bro. im loving this chopper. excellent building, keep up the great work.

04-29-2012, 02:20 AM
Finally begun to paint .. I started the engine last week and continued with the chassis and the superstructure. I started with a basic uniform glossy black, then sprayed with clear gloss (protecting parts in polished brass with tape). So I painted with Alclad chrome rear fender and I finally made ​​a special treatment with oil paints to simulate "vintage" leather.

05-05-2012, 09:00 AM
The paint is great, but wow those welds are brilliant idea i hope you don't mind me copying

05-06-2012, 03:20 PM
This is awesome. Very nice built and great work on the detailing. Just one question. I can't see a battery. Did you forget it or is it just not there when using a kickstarter?

Great work

05-08-2012, 03:56 PM
Good point .. the battery is a bit 'in the subjective world of custom .. We say that a chopper with a modern engine requires mandatory battery, and a motorcycle with an engine older can afford not to mount any battery, but at the expense of flickering bulbs

05-08-2012, 03:57 PM
Color Color Color..

08-02-2012, 02:06 PM
wheels & tires

08-02-2012, 02:12 PM

08-08-2012, 03:52 PM
The samurai still lacks little to be finally completed, so these days I'm focused more on the diorama with other harley acclimatized along the route 66..

09-12-2012, 09:39 AM
Finally (and I tell finally..) I finished the Harleys diorama set along route 66 in Californian desert..

09-28-2012, 12:01 AM

10-02-2012, 08:01 AM
Paint job and weathering realy brought it to life, I was a bit sceptic through the process but end resoult is more then fabulous.

10-26-2012, 03:56 AM
Thanks guys..

Last month I won "Best of Class" plate in civil category of my city modeling shows..

miguel s
10-30-2012, 02:41 PM
Thanks guys..

Last month I won "Best of Class" plate in civil category of my city modeling shows..
te lo meriti,
im sure you can win lots contest.
This is a piece of art.

10-31-2012, 08:53 AM
Donīt come around here much anymore but I had to log on to write a compliment om your build.


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