I even learned a new feature in the CAD program in which you can 3D emboss texts and shapes (see highlighted in circle).
I am thinking adding a front body cover kit, a new headlight part, add a new brake light, change the muffler, add a rear body kit, and modify the engine parts a bit. With those, it will be a very close model. Not 100% look alike but close.
I have that kit but it’s quite rudimentary and based on a much older motorcycle not the ones seen in the 2010s. Plus, that kit has been out of production for a while, so difficult to find it. Mine is going to look much better and accurate.
Now that I’d be interested in. Actually I have the Dragon kit and it is almost identical to the one we had in Afghanistan in '02. It even has the two ribs along the top of the front fender. The problem is the spokes. I’ve been looking at different kits to find PE replacements. I finally found one that would work but it’s been unavailable for quite some time. If you could do very fine spokes I’d certainly be interested.
This is not me - this is the other Rob, also an 18B.
Ah, quite by accident I discovered how to do those logos too. I was doing one for an SPG engine - Detroit Diesel. I just added the image of their logo to the top of the cylinder head and extruded each letter. Works great.
Perhaps just a set of wheels with spokes as a separate item?
It’s a shame to let that work go to waste. Some folks use fuse wire to replace the spokes on kits. The most time consuming part of it is drilling the holes. If you could print those wheels with holes in the hubs and rims (or even dimples) for the spokes, those who choose to could add the spokes themselves. They look better than PE anyway.
Those who don’t, well - when moving the spokes are a little hard to see anyway…
If you did the hubs and wheels in two halves this method would work as well:
Ryan and Rob,
You two just gave me some inspiration on how this may work!
OK, it may work if I overscale the spokes a bit more - separate the wheel parts from the bike in CAD and replace the existing spokes with thicker wires in CAD.
Back to the drawing board then. Thanks.