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XV1600 "Ace of Spades" Old School bobber...

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  • Member since
    September 2007
  • From: Fredrikstad, Norway
XV1600 "Ace of Spades" Old School bobber...
Posted by Stampede on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 3:00 PM

Thought I'd share a build I'm working on with you guys. This is my first motorcycle build so bare with me. I usually build armor and cars so this is new turf for me.

The kit is the Tamiya Yamaha XV1600 Road Star, I've wanted to try to build one of these since I've had the pleasure of owning a couple in 1:1 scale.

I'll try and go down the road of Old School Bobbin' this bike because I think it looks just right for a bobber.

I've painted the engine flat black and painted all the cooling fins in polished aluminum. Kinda pesky job but I think the end result was worth it, the "polished" fins contrasts nicely to the flat black engine. I decided to use the kits chromed parts so I just gave them a "buffing round" with a cleaning cloth used for glasses to get subtle swirls and scratches in the chrome finish, like on the 1:1 bikes. A black wash on the chromed parts will complete the look I'm after.

I lengthened the shock and dog bones to lower the rear of the bike and painted the shock in a golden color similar to the one on the original bikes. The bump stop is painted orange and the dog bones in a steel color with a rough finish like the original bikes, a final dark wash and it's done.

The frame got shot with a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 as a primer to get that faint structure in the finish like on the 1:1 bikes. I then shot a couple of light coats of Tamiya Gloss Black with a couple of Flat Base drops to get a "slightly flatter than gloss finish" on it, again like on the real thing. Wink [;)] I opted to wait with the cutting of the fender supports from the frame to get that home made look to the cut, with primer showing through, after the frame was painted.

Stripped the chrome of the wheels and primed it and painted it with Vallejo Red Acrylic. Painted the spokes in an aluminum color about the same as on the real thing. The white walls are simply masked of and painted with Tamiya White Surface Primer

Here I've made some Freestyle apes for the bike. Home made look with visible welds, just like I'd make'em in my garage. I'm quite satisfied with the look of these apes, unique and "bully" like. Evil [}:)]
I painted the apes flat black to match the lower fork legs and triple tree, this gives a nice contrast to the stainless steel look of the beefy fork tins.
I also painted the centre of the brake discs flat black to give a nice contrast to the red rims and white walls.
This is where she's at on my work bench right now, kinda like the look, and I'm eager to get her finished.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: down South
Posted by ga.retread on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 5:46 PM

Holy freholy Bow Down!  It's "American Chopper" from Norway. Jeez man, this is like watching those guys build a bike from the ground up on TV. Really great work so far. Looking forward to seeing the finished build.



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  • Member since
    July 2022
Posted by Swampy on Monday, July 18, 2022 4:34 PM

Stunning build!

Just started mine.

I know this is from a few years back but would you have more pics of the build and the finished conversion? 

Would love to see how you did the bobbed seat.

Anyway awesome build mate.

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:57 AM

Have you looked at the date on the post?  I checked his bio and he only has 144 posts total, so he may no longer be around.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, July 24, 2022 10:29 AM

Excellent subject, great work. Don't see many bikes on here. Well done.


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