Heller 1/8 Honda CB750
Hansen told Soichiro Honda that he should build a “King of Motorcycles”.
Developed for a year, the CB750 appeared at the Tokyo Show in November 1968 and was publicly launched in the UK during April 1969.
The charismatic CB750 had a transverse, straight-four engine with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and a front disc brake, neither of which was previously available on a mainstream, affordable production motorcycle, giving the CB750 a considerable sporting performance advantage over its competition, particularly its British rivals.
Adding to the bike's value were its electric starter, kill switch, dual mirrors, flashing turn signals, easily maintained valves and overall smoothness and low vibration both under way and at a standstill.
With its reception being nothing shorter than glorious, Cycle magazine called the CB750 "the most sophisticated production bike ever" and Cycle World called it a “masterpiece”, highlighting its painstaking durability testing, its 120 mph top speed, the fade-free braking, the comfortable ride and excellent instrumentation.
The iconic CB750 was named in the Discovery Channel's "Greatest Motorbikes Ever" and was in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition.
This is the very detailed but quite demanding Heller 1971 mold, not only due to featuring a high number of parts, but also due to exhibiting warping and ultra brittleness in a good number of them. The build was an entrant to our very successful Motorcycles GB.
Should you wish to read the full build review, you may do so by visiting my beloved site Modelingmadness:
Excellent job on this Spiros,really nice finish on the paintwork.
Thanks my friend @neil-foster!
Good to be see this magnificent model in headlines, Spiros, and thanks again for starting the Motorcycles Group.
Thank you so much, my friend @chinesegeorge! It is due to your inspiration that our Motorcycles Group is reality.
Fantastic looking Honda, Spiros @fiveten
With all the chrome and details it definitely looks like a real bike.
Your building thread and the article are a pleasure to read.
Thank you so much, my friend @johnb!
Nicely presented Spiros, it'll fly.
Thanks my friend @kalamazoo!
Amazing. Thought it was the real thing for a moment. Excellent job, my friend.
Thanks my friend @alfred!
That's a very nice result. Heller kits are frequently rather iffy and it sounds like you had your struggles with this one. Great work and a lovely looking bike.
Thank you so much, my friend @christopher!
beautiful build and back story Spiros !
Thanks my friend @ramair67!
SUPERB! That is a great looking bike, Spiros, and could pass as the real thing.
Thank you so much, my friend @gwskat!
Man, that bike looks great Spiros @fiveten! 🏆 It does look real, due to the care and craftsmanship put into it. That is a fantastic motorcycle model my friend! 🤩
Thank you very much, my friend @garybrantley!
You really nailed it Spiros! @fiveten, That is one beautiful build. I would have to agree with the right back round you would be enticed to believe that you were looking at new bike in 1969.
Thank you so much my friend @luftwaffe-birdman!
The ultimate all time super Bike .
I settled for British Twins and triples. Mistake !
Nice job on this model.
Thanks so much, my friend @bernardbedeur!
Nice bike, I thought it was the real thing, made me want to go for a ride!
Thanks my friend @chadbunch!
Very great result Spiros. Love motorcycle builds and this one is top shelf work.
Thanks a lot, my friend @coondog!
Spiros, for a second there the illusion of the bike being real caught my eye. Your a man of many talents and modeling interests. Getting the spokes on the wheels is usually the give away for a model . . . however, this kit manages to do a great work around on that issue.
Two thumbs up.
Thanks so much, my friend @stephen-w-towle!
Spiros Pendedekas (@fiveten)
I almost missed this one ! It slipped under my radar... I remember telling you the story of how I "borrowed" my Dad's CB750F and took it for a ride in the neighborhood while he was at work...putting at least 5 miles on it... and I was only 10 years old at the time. Seeing this model, it brings back a lot of fond memories. My Dad's Honda 750 was a 1975 model year, and it was the very first year for the "Super Sport" edition that had a hotter engine, different gears / chain and a shorter "bobbed" rear fender. Man that bike was fast ! You could get the 1975 model year earlier in the later part of 1974, which is what Dad did... His was a Bright Blue metallic color, and it looked really sharp. I'll see if I can find any old pictures of it.
You did a wonderful job with her. She looks just like the real thing too. I had a 1974 CB750 Four. Mine was painted in a two tone color of Copper and Black. These bikes are awesome, and thanks for the trip down memory lane.
The article looks good over at M2 also.
Take care my friend !
Thanks my friend @lgardner! That bright blue color would have been wonderful!
Great job Spiros! The sprues of that kit said it was going to be a challenge from word "go", you nailed it.
Thanks my friend @eydugstr!
Man that is a great looking build!
Thanks my friend @rickschad!