Heller 1/8 LAVERDA 750 SF

64 posts · Last reply 1 month ago · 1/8, 750, Heller, Laverda, Motorcycles GB, SF
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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Hi everyone!

    My next motorcycle project to our steadily growing and absolutely wonderful Motorcycles GB will be the Heller 1/8 LAVERDA SF 750...

    Here is a look at the box contents... The plastic is the same bad stuff as my previous Heller Honda 750: ultra brittle and seemingly warped. A frame piece already splitted in two just by holding the bag šŸ˜µ

    Here is a peek at the instructions...

    The higher number of parts (340) promises a complex build, to say the least šŸ˜šŸ˜

    I think I will not resist painting her orange šŸ¤—šŸ¤—

    More to come!

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    George Williams said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Another classic bike and kit, Spiros @fiveten, Iā€™m sure youā€™ll overcome the brittle plastic problems, but those wheels look interesting. Looking forward to this one.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Thanks my friend @chinesegeorge!

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    George R Blair Jr said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Should be fun watching you work your way through this one, Spiros (@fiveten). The plastic in the Heller kits that I have built always seems to be brittle.

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    Michael Ezat said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Time for show by a specialist . Go on Spiros , I am ready to enjoy !

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Thanks my friends @gblair and @faraomike!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Wow, what a choice, Spiros @fiveten
    340 parts, brittle, warped, for sure this one is challenge, but I'm sure you will turn it into an amazing bike.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Thanks my friend @johnb! Currently I only open the box and immediately close it in horror šŸ˜†šŸ˜†šŸ˜†šŸ˜†

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    George Williams said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    I fear that would be my immediate reaction, too, Spiros @fiveten. Still, if you tackle it section by section Iā€™m sure it will be yet another successful Heller build.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 months, 1 week ago:

    Looks like the way to go, my friend @chinesegeorge!

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Started the Laverda tonight, first assembled the wheels...

    ..and the fork bottoms. I then decided to join the frame halves, where the warping was a real sorry saga. Here are the frame halves joined at the neck... ...the rear cross half tubes should meet and be parallel, but no...

    With the ultra hard and brittle plastic discouraging me even further, I took a deep breath and clamped the neck, while I used electrical wire at the rear, twisting it until the two tubes met and then applied water thin glue, followed by a coat of liquefied styrene at the invisible side of the tubes, in order to add some much needed extra strength to the thin and brittle joined tube that essentially bears all stress imposed by the force closed frame halves...

    Let's hope it will hold...

    So, here is the progress so far...

    ...and here is the box contents chaotic situation...

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    George Williams said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Good start, Spiros @fiveten, those wheels look easier than I thought, I didnā€™t realise the spokes are molded in. It looks as though youā€™ve got the warped frame under control as well.

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    George R Blair Jr said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    I had no idea Heller made motorcycle models, Spiros (@fiveten), especially in the larger scales. Looking forward to seeing your magic sprinkled on this kit. I had similar problems with the frame, but it eventually all worked out.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Thanks my friends @chinesegeorge and @gblair!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Great start of this seemingly challenging kit, Spiros @fiveten
    Challenging, but with your expertise it will be build beautifully.

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