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    1. Kit: , by (Active Member) protarguy is offline
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      A new project:

      Flying Merkel Board Racer circa 1911

      While gathering information about the Ace XP 4 racer with a Merkel front fork

      I came across this paper model of a Merkel Borad Racer 1/10 scale:



      I converted it into a plastic model:



      The wheels are the only kit parts in this case two 21 inch front wheels from a 1/8 scale Revell Flying Merkel Board Racer chopper.
      Good for 28 inch wheels in 1/10 scale. The rest is sheet and and rods in various diameters.
      They will be replaced by newly spoked wheels and maybe some O-rings for tires.
      Somewhere I saw even white O-rings...



      The engine:



      Cylinders are made from punched out discs in 6mm and 8mm diameter. The screws are tiny optician´s screws.


      The carburettor:

      Also made of various styrene Flying Merkel Board Racer rods. The fuel bowl is a piece of a 1/72 Flying Merkel Board Racer aircraft tip tank.

      The front:



      And the intake manifold that goes between the cylinders:


      The pieces are looking rather rough on the photo but consider that the carb has a lenght of about 1,5cm.

      Uli
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    Here is a bike builder to visit if you are not already aware of his work. Enjoy! Ken

    http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Tarrago.htm
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    Anybody needing plastic letters, just check out www.plastruct.com. They produce styrene Flying Merkel Board Racer letters in 4 different sizes, 5/64" ( 2mm ), 5/32" ( 4mm ), 15/64 " ( 6 mm), and 25/64 " ( 10mm ). Their part numbers are PABT-2, PABT-4, PABT-6, and PABT-10, respective of the sizes above. You might also want to order or download their catalog as they have an extensive array of products for the modeler which you will never see stocked in your local hobby shop, and you can order directly from them off of their web site.
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    Don't let Ken kid you about that bike builder. The bikes are real and the builder is actually 50 feet tall.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    WOW those Slaters letters are cool. I never new about those. I'm putting my order in asap for a few sizes. Thanks!!!!

    So where do I put in an order for on of those handmade Merkl's.[B] I WANT ONE!!!![/B]

    Can you do a Cyclone next? '
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMotorcars View Post
    So where do I put in an order for on of those handmade Merkl's.[B] I WANT ONE!!!![/B]

    Can you do a Cyclone next? '
    Well, the order form is simply a blank cheque send to me....

    I was really thinking about the Cyclone , too. The thing is, these bikes have simple forms
    that can be easily made out of round an square plastik sheets and rods.

    If found these videos about antique board racers on the net:
    Don´t make it so loud!!

    Dale ( I could talk about this bike all day long) Walksler
    expaines the history of the bikes and lets you hear the sound, Very impressing!

    ULi
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    @ Nortley:
    I bought the O-rings at a specialized firm for sealings .
    The white O rings were hard and not flexible. So I could not get them over the rims .

    @xken:
    I will try that. I once ruined a model car body with that kind of primer Flying Merkel Board Racer . It really eats into styrene Flying Merkel Board Racer !
    I was looking for a cheaper alternative for Tamiya Flying Merkel Board Racer or Revell Flying Merkel Board Racer primers...
    But before I can paint it the tires need some profile. My idea is to get some very thin rubber,
    cut it into stripes that go around the circumfence of the tire.
    Then I will need hundreds of punched out small discs of the same material
    that will be glued onto that strip.
    Voila´ antique tire profile..
    See here:
    Merkel with white tires

    I know about Jose Tarrago´s website. But that´s another league..

    Blueprints for that Cyclone, anyone??

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    Take the o-rings and heat them up in boiling water and one at a time with tweezers lift out of the boiling water and carefully work them onto the rims. Tempurature will expand a little and make the rubber a little more pliable.

    Take care not to burn your fingers. It is worth a try. Good Luck! Ken
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    Hi Uli, The white O ring in the BMW filter kit is soft and flexible. Unfortunately the nearest BMW shop is about 180 miles from me so I can't bend the parts man's ear about where BMW sources their parts, when I need parts myself I jangle their 800 number. If the tires you need are treadless, maybe mold one from silicone caulk?
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    Nortley,
    I ride a 1973 BMW R75/5 myself. I got an BMW Dealer in town.
    I stick with the black O rings and will try the painting method xken wrote about.
    Uli
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    Uli Thanks!!!
    That link is to a the The Wheels Through Time Museum They have about 200 antique bikes on display and the best part............. Im only about 180 miles from it.

    [B]ROAD TRIP!!!!![/B]
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    Dan if your planning a trip to the museum in Maggie Valley, spend a few days with the family.....if you take the boys, swing through Cherokee (Reservation, casino and more attractions) and over the mountain to Tenn., if you have the nerve cruise down the Dragons Tail. Have to go to Gatlinburg (the kids will lose their minds with all the rides and attractions) short drive to Sevierville (spelling?) to visit Dolly World and Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum and much more...explore the caverns and underground lakes......take lots of money!
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    The rims are sprayed in Tamiya Flying Merkel Board Racer orange and the hubs in Testors Aluminium Metalizer Flying Merkel Board Racer



    After half a day of lacing the wheels the whole thing looks like this:



    The engine also got some colours:
    (Just pinned together for showing)



    Base colors at the engine: Revell Flying Merkel Board Racer Aluminium at the block
    and a mixture of Testors Titane and aluminium at the cylinders.

    Thanks for looking
    Uli
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    WOW!!!!

    Have you considered making kits of this? Its almost a shame that all this beautiful work is going into just one model.
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    Looking seriously good. Those rims came out perfect and look real.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMotorcars View Post
    WOW!!!!

    Have you considered making kits of this? Its almost a shame that all this beautiful work is going into just one model.
    No, its mine, all mine!!

    Seriously, I thought of that but I do not have the posibility to cast things.
    And it is my first full scratch model. Some parts like the bearing for the pedals are built at best guess.
    I did not have deatil pics of it. There are some photos of a Merkel
    restoration at his site but it is a stock model:
    1911 Merkel Restoration

    The fiddly things are still to come like the pedals and chain assembly.
    The best chain around is from Cosmo´s Factory
    but I tried to order some month ago but got no reply.
    I do not know if anybody else is selling the chain.

    Uli
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