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      This is a file photo of a rough finished, Model Factory Hiro The Mighty KNUCKLEHEAD Co. 1940 - 47 HD Nucklehead in 1/9 scale. The photo gives a good idea of what the die-cast kit involves. Back in the day, and I am not sure which one, my first ride was a 650cc TRIUMPH. I do not remember which model but it had a Magneto and Spark-advance and may have been older than me. A few more bikes and many years later and I was riding a 1975 HD Super Glide with a 1200cc OHV Shovelhead engine. Harleys were built by AMF then, not a good thing but it kept the HOG alive. With this machine I learned what a motor cycle was all about how to keep it on the road.
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  1. TOMc's Avatar Established Member
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    Lets see if this works a little better.
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    I have spent many winter hours out in the shed with a warm mug of apple cyder atop the kerosene heater, a tub of MOTHERS polish and some rags. There is just something about polished aluminum that makes me feel good. The fenders and gas tanks of the Knucklehead will be red over primer The Mighty KNUCKLEHEAD . Most of the metal detail parts are to small for polish and not right for paint so I am going with Copper/Nickel electroplate where appropriate. My skill with electroplate has improved but not mastered. Remember not to over due it or it will look cooked.
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    While looking for some low gloss black enamel The Mighty KNUCKLEHEAD I came across a bottle of leftover 1932 FORD Engine Green. I think it will have a better look than the red previously chosen for the fenders and gas tanks. Meanwhile work on the engine continues. There are 22 different simulated nut, bolt, screw etc. all labeled as rivets but with a good pair of magnifying glasses and some patience this should not be a problem.
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    This die-cast is a whole new thing for me. I found that even after a part is sanded, washed, primed and a top coat of enamel The Mighty KNUCKLEHEAD , the paint may still chip. So it's a deep breath and carry-on, carry-on. Considering that my 75 Super Glide came from the factory with sloppy welds and random heaps of slag, chipped paint can only be an improvement.
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    Take a look at this screw up. I set up the wheels in the lathe, to make polishing more manageable and the lathe ate it. Ya, ya it was my fault, the wheel was not chucked up properly. I found a reasonably priced replacement on ebay so now I will have plenty of spare parts.
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    The wheels are finished. I remember the day when I replaced the rusted rear spokes on my Super Glide with stainless steel ones. The process of lacing the wheels on the model is the same, with each spoke having a tensioner. Installing the 160 spokes went beyond patience, it took endurance.
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    Looks good!
    160 spokes? There only 40 spokes each wheel!
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