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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 25 Mar 2018, 11:52 am

Deepest sympathy Kats, losing a loved pet is dreadful. For what its worth I think you made the right decision.

More superb work on the build, its really 'filling out' now.
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 25 Mar 2018, 2:17 pm

My sympathy Kats for your loss, always difficult to put them down. You did the right thing. We lost all three of our kitties to feline Cancer, the worst was the last one.


Really looking forward to this masterpiece getting some colour.

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Wed 28 Mar 2018, 12:15 pm

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Jesus this is modelling in the truest sense of the word, incredible stuff going on here.

Certainly agree !! This has been an absolute high to watch all of this take place!!
Thanks,

Thanks for sharing, Kats .


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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Tue 03 Apr 2018, 4:39 am

Many thanks for the kind comments, encouragement and support, gentlemen  

Now that I've rounded another waypoint on the journey the time has come to make a bunch of small bits, add a bunch of little details I've put off and so forth.  This photo is of some stuff I picked up from a jewelry making supply shop - with a mind to modify and cut and shape and so forth.


One of the detail zones I've been putting off gets dealt with.  I chose the mandala on the right of the above photo and after some trimming and rough shaping checked the fit and look.


The piece was then annealed to make it more pliable and also to burn off the plating, which would have made painting problematic. After some tweaking it was affixed to the tank body with thin CA first followed by medium CA as a gap filler.


And because it wasn't already busy enough I dipped into my store of rivet heads and added a bunch just for effect.


After a last few thinking sessions there was finally a rough plan for the throttling systems. Here's the beginning of the steam throttle which feeds the cylinder, this will be actuated by the left foot.


There will be one main steam feed line which will be split into two feeds for the steambox on the cylinder. The 12 gauge wire is the main feed.  The right angle rod mod is the start of the steam outlet which will be part of the throttle assembly.  The 14 gauge wire are the feeds for the steambox.


The steam outlet after a lot of adjustments.  It started 3 mm further out from the boiler/burner - a mis measurement on my part.


The steam throttle continues to take shape and the fuel throttle starts to take form.


From here on in its going to be this sort of thing.  The foot pegs and associated levers will be interesting as well as the fuel throttle lever which will be placed directly in front of the saddle on the left side of the frame. And as each bit gets finalized it puts the adventure of plumbing that much closer ... ugh, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Tue 03 Apr 2018, 11:08 am

Just can't get over how exciting and climatic this is getting ! As if it wasn't completely over the wall as it was.
Thanks, Kats for sharing this adventure !!

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Tue 03 Apr 2018, 11:55 am

This is the work of a master builder....!
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Wed 04 Apr 2018, 9:08 pm

Stunning Kats.
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Wed 04 Apr 2018, 10:55 pm



Those emoticons should cover my reaction to the latest update.

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 08 Apr 2018, 6:22 pm

Thanks all for your very kind comments and encouragement  

So, at this stage in the build I'm making lists of all the little bits yet to come as well as getting back to all the pieces where I put them aside in an 'almost done' state.  On that note, here's the Condenser Assembly housing getting some detail which will be hidden by the saddle to some extent.  The bit shown was cut from the largest of the mandalas (shown in the previous post), annealed and so forth.


And affixed with thin CA.


The Secondary Fuel Tank also gets some minor detailing on top and bottom.




The Fuel Throttle now has dual fuel feeds.


Test fitting the bits after some more work.  Clearances are kind of important here as this section is already a bit crowded.


The Steam Throttle actuator lever gets some complexity added.  I was inspired to do this because I saw an old nautical engine control with a 'U' shaped yoke and it seemed that a pressure throttle would also be a good place for such a thing.


The Fuel Throttle lever being worked up.  This one is simpler as it isn't under any pressure so to speak.


A bit more work and a bit more test fitting.


And after the addition of ... Hex Nuts!!!!


One observation I've made is that over the course of this build I've been putting aside many pieces at the 'almost done' stage in order to keep overall production on the go.  This results in a lot of subconscious background processing going on which I'm not aware of until it comes time to finalize, whereupon the subconscious starts throwing the results of its ruminating when it comes time to do some finalizing.  This makes working out what I plan to do a lot easier - so the adding of surface details to the blank spaces on the larger parts came off rather quickly.

As well, the need for little bits to complete the major bits starts slow then ramps up as more and more of the physical logistics comes more into focus, as was the case with the throttling assemblies.  No matter how much staring and thinking I do, nothing beats actually getting a physical piece into place in order to figure out where I've gone wrong and so forth.

It's nice to see the boiler/burner finally coming into its whole form after all this time, aside from the burner exhaust which is still pending.  Next will be the cylinder for the engine itself in that I now have a 'real' plan for the placement of the steam feed and exhaust port.  Also, there is a need for feeds for the pressure gauges for the steambox, main steam line and condenser and perhaps a temperature gauge feed off the boiler somewhere but these will be small ports with small lines.

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 08 Apr 2018, 6:46 pm

Superb detailing, I assume the gauges will be in the 'usual' place over the tank?
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Mon 09 Apr 2018, 11:41 am

Just a simple  as I am out of words.
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sat 14 Apr 2018, 10:13 pm

Thanks for the kind comments and encouragement, fellows  

Gary - Yup and utilizing the kit part.  Instead of one big speedo dial, though, the plan is to have 2 or 3 smaller gauges.


So the Finalizing Phase continues - bits I've been putting off are finally able to be worked on both mentally and in real life.

A return to the Engine with the steam and exhaust ports (or some term like that) taking shape.  The more developed bit is the steam feed but I thought I'd include the proto-exhaust pipe to show my method for making sharp bends in plastic rod - basically slice on a bias which corresponds to the angle you want the bend.  Getting the angle is a matter of fiddling and adjusting and muttering under one's breath.



The steam intake port at a mostly done state.  The little port out the top is for the pressure gauge feed.  Also the inner curve on the pipe is still a sharp angle, the plan is to tap in small amounts of CA to build up a bead to round it out.


Test fit of the steam port on the steam chest.


Exhaust port in progress. Here the pipe off the steam chest starts out smaller but flares out to the same gauge as the steam feed pipe. This was a last-second change that made sense in terms of the whole thermodynamics of condensation thing ... blame science and nature documentaries for this one, lol.


Exhaust port mostly complete.


Test fit.


This piece was cut/shaped/annealed from the squarish mandala shown a couple of posts previously and is for the blank side of the cylinder.  When I was working up the cylinder I had no idea where I was headed - now its time for some 'bling.'




Move on to the main shifter handle.  It was formed from 5mm styrene rod, using small brass calipers to flatten the sides in parallel.


Some time later.


Mostly done - I might still add a few touches.


And I forgot to take photos while the secondary shifter handle got made.  This one uses 3mm styrene rod and the curved bit is built up from portions of leftover 'ring' cut from 0.5 mm styrene sheet.


After this part I'll tackle the fuel throttle, which might take some time as it involves linkages and stuff.  After that comes the footpegs and associated foot levers for the rear brake (on the right side) and steam throttle (on the left side).  

And while this is going on the centre stand will probably start taking shape.  The whole issue of side mounted kick stand versus the centre stand was decided while I was considering how much this thing would weigh (had it been real) and I envisioned a kick stand folding and toppling the cycle over.  So, centre stand it shall be.

Plus the console and the rear view mirror and everything else I've been forgetting, lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 15 Apr 2018, 10:49 am

Great work Kats, I totally agree about the stand.
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 15 Apr 2018, 11:08 am


This keeps getting incredibler and incredibler !! (spell check didn't like that, but I do)
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PostSubject: Re: Steampunk Harley - Tamiya 1/6 HD FLH Classic 'extreme' kit bash (Very Photo Heavy)   Sun 15 Apr 2018, 2:43 pm

Go Kats Go!

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