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    Gíday folks, I never thought Iíd be putting anything in this section, the motorcycle department is my favorite. Iím here because I got a little bit ďout of controlĒ.

    Let me explain: While browsing at the hobby shop I spotted this tiny kit. Because all my builds take so long to finish I thought Iíd just whip up a quick one over the weekend and put it in the ďoff topicĒ section as itís only 1/35 scale. How wrong I was. 2 months later and Iím still not finished. Once I started the build the ideas started flowing, and what was meant to be just a little bike on the shelf becameÖ.. well, youíll see.

    On the way to the hobby shop I stopped to check out a small gathering of custom cars, and there was this beautiful BMW/sidecar. When I saw the kit I thought Ďhey, I was just looking at the real one, Iíll build that!í

    This is where it all began:
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    One of my favorite bikes. I rode an R75-5 BMW for years with a Ural sidecar and machine gun. The Ural was a copy of the original Steib with the only real difference being the lack of a flip up trunk lid. Rather the seat folded forward in the Ural. That was one fin bikes the ladies liked it also.

    I cant wait to see how this turns out.
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    Dan, the real bike here has the Steib side car with lift up trunk but does not have the driven side car wheel as the model has. Even if you had a pretend gun on the bike here in Oz you'd be locked up straight away

    My intention was to knock up a quick copy of that immaculately restored machine. Didnít consider using the figures from the kit or doing anything else. Started building and thought it wouldnít take much just to throw in a couple of quick little details like spark plug leads and brake, clutch and throttle cables.

    The kit itself wasnít too bad but not quite as good as I had expected. A lot of flashing to clean up on the spokes and I was not going to hand spoke those tiny wheels. The side car needed some work to cover up the join of the 2 halves. Hmm, more time consuming clean up of other parts.

    The weekend was over and I still had bits everywhere, and there are not many bits in it, so I thought thatís all right Iíll finish it off next weekend. Well, thatís when the snowball affect began. During the week while at work driving, the whole thing kept rolling around in my head. Stuff like- the head light needs to be changed from the slotted lens cover to a proper clear lens; a few splinters of wood for the floor boards in the side car; maybe a thin strip of Bare Metal Foil chrome around the head light, tail light and side car marker lightÖ..etc..etc...
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    At the time I liked to live dangerously. I got pulled over twice but both cops just wanted to check out the bike. The gun was obviously a prop so it never was a problem.

    Mine had the outer drive wheel but I took out the driveshaft. I never liked the way it rode with that outer wheel under power. And for those that dont know, yes-driveshaft. These were shaft driven both to the rear wheel and again to the outer wheel. What a nightmare swapping out the seals was.

    Ok enough chit chat, back to the build....
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    I glued a few parts together and started applying some gloss black enamel with a brush. On small areas the enamel comes up very shiny straight off the brush. I decided to replace the molded plastic seat spring with a proper spring, it looks so much better, easy and quick. Just wrap some black coated wire around a drill bit the right size, trim to the required length and glue in place.

    I guess I could have made this a quick build if I really tried hard, but I'm sure a lot of you know how one thing leads to another and before you know it you've done more than planed and a whole lot of time has passed by.
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    Now the front end goes together. Gloss black on the head light and bracket, fender, rim and spokes. Satin black on the fork protectors and tyre, and silver on the lower forks. For the head light lens I had a little dig through my spare truck lights box and found a suitable spot light lens to replace the black-out light cover. A small strip of Bare Metal Foil around the lens worked well for the chrome surround. The four amber lenses next to the handlebars are roof marker lights from a 1/25 scale Kenworth and will be reduced in size to be used for turn indicators.

    Two coats of gloss black on the side car, frame, wheel and fender, and some Bare Metal Foil on the leaf springs. Crikey, there's a lot of black there now. At this stage I have to be careful not to touch anything painted as the paint hasn't hardened yet. Also at this stage of the build I've thought about it but haven't yet decided to do a diorama, just the bike.
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    I scratch built a new exhaust system to match the real bike as the kit pipes were very different. 1mm stainless wire will do the job nicely (the pipes in the kit are 1mm). One curved bend and trim to the required length had two new pipes done in no time. The mufflers are made from 2.4mm aluminium welding rod cut close to required length, rounded off at both ends and polished up. Then I drilled a 1mm hole in one end for the wire to fit into and cut a slot in the other end for the fish tail outlet to fit into. The fish tails are made from the foil seal found under the lid of a new tin of coffee. (Iím also going to try using this foil for bent and buckled body panels on something else later)

    By now Iíve been having thoughts of a bit of scenery to put the bike on when itís done, and Iíve also been checking out the three little guys that were trapped in the box until I let them out. Iím thinking that I might use one of them to go with the bike and scenery somehow, but as the bike is being done as a post war job the little fellow will have to swap his German uniform for a civilian outfit.
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    Now that the quick weekend build has blown out of proportion I might as well spend a bit more time and do something to brighten up the little black bike. A bit of fake grass from the railway section of the hobby store got things started, then I remembered the hand made trees I bought to go with the road train Iíve started to rebuild. These trees are good because thereís not really any particular scale for them, you just use what ever size suits your needs. I found one to suit quite nicely and it goes well with the bike. A patch of grass and a tree ? Itís ok but it needs something more. After throwing around all sorts of ideas for a few days a decision was finally made. The bike will be parked on the grass under a shady tree by a creek in which the ex-soldier is fishing. I carved up a piece of styrofoam for the ground and it seems to work ok.
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    This idea was hatched after talking to a few military modeling mates in our local scale model club who told me it wasnít uncommon for soldiers to pinch a few bike parts here and there and send them back home with the intention of building up a bike when they returned home from the war.

    So the scenario is that this sneaky little soldier did just that. Now that the war is over and he has put together his bike and sidecar, he is enjoying a bit of post war stress relief by going for a lovely ride in the country and doing a spot of fishing.

    Iíve had to amputate a couple of limbs from the other figures and reattach them in a suitable position so the guy can sit on the bank and cast his line out. Also some fashion redesigning now has him in a regular shirt and fishing waders.
    It turns out that heís an Aussie as he has an Akubra hat and is using the famous Alvey side cast reel on a Jarvis Walker rod. (Just lucky I have all the real stuff in the shed to copy from).

    The hat is made from paper. The rod is made from heated and stretched sprue with fine wire bent into circles. The reel was a challenge, itís made by turning down a piece of sprue using my small drill as a lathe with thin wire for the handles and stainless wire for the line guide. That coffee tin foil was used for the swivel attachment to the rod. Very fine wire is used for the line with a bit of insulation from inside a wrist watch for the lure.
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    The fisherman is ready to go fishing at last. I finished him off a few nights ago. The hardest part was getting him to hold the rod properly. He was unwilling to change his grip until I had a little talk to him to explain the correct technique to cast his line out Now he's got it

    When I had him all painted up he looked a bit too clean so I tried something new for me, but common practice for the military modelers, a wash of 'burnt sienna' oil paint diluted in white spirit so it looks like dirty water and brush it all over. Hey, that stuff works a treat. When it was dry I added a bit more to his sweaty armpits and to the bottom of his boots. A cigy on the lip...a small piece of styrene rounded off and glued into a hole drilled between his lips, and a bit of grey paint on the end with a red tip.
    I think he needs some hair! I very thinly sliced some black wool with my #11 blade to make what looked like black dust. Then I brushed flat clear on the backs of his arms and around the back of his head and sprinkled the black dust on the wet paint, brushing the excess of the arms and adding a bit more up under the hat. That'll do me for for my first figure model.
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