Customizing the Tamiya Harley Police: The green shovel

1/6 scale

by Edwing E. Merlo Paredes © 2010 Modeler Site

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There are many Harley Davidson kits available from different manufacturers, but without any doubt Tamiya have produced the best versions. I refer to model kits, comprising a lot of parts, which were developed with a high level of detail and match the original models. And if that were not enough, in 1/6 scale. The Tamiya's Harley(s) were born at the beginning of the 70s, time when large scale models were preferred by hobby modelers. Nevertheless, the design of those models was adapted to the demands and techniques of those times and of course, they are completely different from nowadays assembling techniques. This means that today modelers will have to face certain obstacles at the time of giving the model a realistic look.


Let me tell you that during the building process, I ran into some difficulties I'll explain throughout this article probably due to a few minor mistakes about the way the manufacturer thought up for the assembly. Anyway, Tamiya, as usual, made an excellent work with the Harley Davidson kits.


Bellow, you'll find a step by step assembly process of this Tamiya's Harley Davidson FLH 1200 (1973) police bike converted to a street version. I've decided to call this project “ The Green Shovel”

Plenty of space

First you need to organize your workspace since this is a big model which has lots of parts. I suggest you to separate the sprues and name them with the letter as it can be appreciated in the following picture. In this way, you'll have the parts right at hand to use the ones you are going to use at that precise moment.


The brake discs

Though I could have left this task for the moment the instructions indicate, I could not resist the temptation to experiment. Due to the fact that the brake discs supplied with the kit are made out of metal, I thought that by sanding them I could give a polished effect on the area where the brake pads would exert pressure. In the following pictures, you can see the procedure and the final result.

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