Harley-Davidson Sportster – 1:9 Testors/Lincoln Mint
My senior year in high school I fell in love with the design of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Partly because I had a group of older friends that all rode Harleys. They included me in their group and of course I had to have one.
My first bike was a Yamaha Maxim, which was a really fun bike, but not American Iron. After a motorist pulled out in front of me on Father’s Day weekend at a busy intersection, my first bike was totaled (as was I for a few days). So I waited…until I had the money to buy a 1990 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Entry level, perfect fit and what I wanted. After a few years, and with a group of new riding friends, including my roommate at the time, I started to customize the Sporty to be my own.
The real thing. My 1990 H-D 883 Sportster
Everywhere we went, people would say, “Check out that Sporty!” My friends would give my a bad time since they had full-size Harleys, but my "piglet" would grab attention. But, a bigger tank, custom paint and some chrome draws attention.
Through this pandemic I have built a few models for peace of mind, and this is one of them. I found a 2005 Lincoln Mint Sportster model on eBay and grabbed it up. The idea was to build "MY" bike! Well the first issue was the fuel tank. Mine was a 3.5 SuperGlide tank, which I tried to fabricate out of MilliPut, but it was way too top heavy for the tank to function without the model tipping over. So, I built the bike kit as if I left the peanut tank on it.
Other than the fact that this model has a lot of flash, and most of the parts that come chromed shouldn’t be, it not a bad model if you know your Harleys. If you don’t, this will be hard to build as some of the factual locations of cables, and wires were wrong. And scraping all that chrome off…
Also, building motorcycle models are hard, because one needs to fabricate a jig to hold them solid while you build. I figured out a solution, but each to their own.
Here is my bike in 1:9 scale. A ton of fun to have it on my shelf since the real thing went down the road many years ago. Sitting here at -20° in Minnesota, living in a pandemic, I’d love to have her back. Just fire it up and disappear for a couple of hours. Wouldn’t we all…
Keep build all. Comment away.
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