IMEX 1/9 Scale Heritage Softail
Here’s the IMEX Heritage Softail that I recently completed.
This is the model still in it’s plastic bags…
I did not go with the out-of-the-box version of this one. I wanted to go with white as the base for the “leather” accessories. And I also wanted to add more realistic “rivets” to the seat and saddlebags. This was done with multiple coats of flat white paint as the plastic came in a black color. The rivet holes were drilled out one at a time and small pins from the local Hobby Lobby were inserted in place of those little “bumps” in the plastic.
Tires came in black as well. But I wanted to go with white-walls so after testing a few different paints on the inside of them I decided to go with the Testors Acrylic Matte White. This provided the coverage needed as well as completely drying before they were placed on the wheels.
Engine came in multiple parts which is standard with most large scale kits. Although the detailing was limited as far as hoses and plug wires go. I added a few of my own as I did have photos of the 1:1 scale engine.
This particular model has a working head and tail light. So, while working on the frame, I also had to add the lighting so it could be hidden as assembly progressed. You can see some of the wiring in these photos. Also, I went with a matching color for the frame instead of the standard black as I thought that would help the model to stand out a bit more.
Here’s the rear tail light assembly and the wires.
Front wheel set assembly. As you can see I had no problem with the white paint flaking here.
Here are two photos of the fuel tank cover. Again, the same as the frame.
Here’s the finished model on it’s base and ready for a show or display. The “leather fringe” is nothing more than paper cut and glued to fit. The flags were added as I saw this done multiple times for various parades, escorts and runs. Not the least of which is Rolling Thunder. The flag poles are simply sprue pieces cut to fit and the flags are, yet again, printed on paper, folded and sealed with glue to get them to hold that shape.
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