The ul­ti­mate mo­tor­cy­cle model kit

Motorcycle Monthly - - The Ultimate Big Boy Toy -

We All re­mem­ber small-scale model plas­tic con­struc­tion kits when we were young, but now you can get your hands on what’s be­ing branded the ‘world’s first full-size plas­tic mo­tor­cy­cle kit’. And the life-size plas­tic kits look in­cred­i­ble.

This is a full-size plas­tic mo­tor­cy­cle kit that looks re­al­is­tic and can be as­sem­bled and painted by any com­pe­tent adult. A unique fea­ture al­lows some­body to sit astride the mo­tor­cy­cle for pho­tos with­out any weight go­ing through the light­weight model it­self.

Peter Man­ning, a pro­fes­sional prod­uct designer in­no­va­tor, has re­ceived in­vest­ment into his com­pany Full Size Kits from MHP a large UK plas­tics man­u­fac­turer which will pro­duce the kits.

He said: “I am a Har­ley-David­son owner and en­thu­si­ast and know that a 1960s clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle would be popular. I de­signed the kit so that it could be pro­duced in easy-toassem­ble parts.

“It had to be light enough to pick up and hang on the wall and weighs 16 kg. There is also a com­mer­cial mar­ket for themed bars or re­tail dis­plays where as­sem­bled kits will also be avail­able. I am pas­sion­ate about the project which I have been work­ing on for two years.”

The kit has been de­signed so that it could be man­u­fac­tured to be cost vi­able and not too heavy. Vacu­um­form­ings rather than in­jec­tion moulded plas­tic was the way to go giv­ing low tool­ing cost and sim­plic­ity.

Designing a mo­tor­cy­cle so that it could all be vac­u­um­formed and look re­al­is­tic was quite a task. Peter added: “I got per­mis­sion from Haynes Mo­tor Mu­seum to pho­to­graph and take mea­sure­ments of its clas­sic 1960s Harley­David­son Duo-Glide. I have ap­plied for a patent, which is cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed.

“I spent weeks drawing up full-size draw­ings of all the com­po­nents in three el­e­va­tion full­size di­men­sioned draw­ings as vac­uum form­ings. Th­ese were so that the two CAD (com­puter aided de­sign) en­gi­neers could pro­duce 3D mod­els of all parts and then as­sem­ble them on the com­puter.

“The CAD files took three months and were es­sen­tial for the pro­duc­tion of the tool­ing. There are more than 50 vac­u­um­formed ABS plas­tic parts and over 180 com­po­nents in to­tal in­clud­ing metal han­dle­bars and side stand. As the sam­ple parts were pro­duced and sent down to me from the man­u­fac­turer I be­gan to paint and as­sem­ble the first sam­ple kit. It was very ex­cit­ing and like Christ­mas open­ing the large boxes ev­ery time I re­ceived one from the man­u­fac­turer. It was very sat­is­fy­ing see­ing the in­di­vid­ual plas­tic com­po­nents and then the fi­nal as­sem­bled kit, which looks fan­tas­tic.

“The first kit avail­able to re­serve is the Route ‘66’ Clas­sic and we in­tend to pro­duce a range of mo­tor­cy­cles which may in­clude a li­censed Tri­umph Bon­neville and a Manx Nor­ton.”

Check out: www.full­sizek­

This Har­ley model weighs just 16kg and can be hung on a wall!

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