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Builds Ariel Arrow Motorcycle, Airfix Vintage model kit

the bike has not taken well to a dark wash, I may have to add weathering with an airbrush instead.
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Re the motorbike.

If you compare the photo to your model, you'll see that the chain cover and the engine are inline, whereas on the photo there's a definite kink. If you imagine straitening out the kink, in the photo, the real bike would have the same problem as your model.

Can you reglue the chain cover with kink and thus shorten the whole?
 
finally the last colours added to the figure, ok not perfect, but I'm going to do more large scale figures and perfect my skills in this area, Great news today about Airfix/Hornby doing so well.
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Re the motorbike.

If you compare the photo to your model, you'll see that the chain cover and the engine are inline, whereas on the photo there's a definite kink. If you imagine straitening out the kink, in the photo, the real bike would have the same problem as your model.

Can you reglue the chain cover with kink and thus shorten the whole?
I'm going to leave it as Airfix intended after all that, with the exhaust pipes on you have to look carefully to see any hint of a problem, correcting it half way through construction is a recipe for disaster for a plastic kit, Just the pedals and brake lines to go. May even use this original Airfix wheel stand that came in the kit, as Airfix are doing so well in the news today.
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scrub that above, the bike came apart and I moved the wheel forward 3mm.
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made a base with worn flag stones forming a bike parking area.
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the female biker has pegs molded into the soles of the boots, so she was easy to drill and peg into place.
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the bike reassembled, with all the pedals fitted.
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these pedals cross over, not being a biker I'm unsure if this is correct, the instructions are vague at this point.
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the bike and figure test fitted to the base, just needs a glass dome over them to keep out dust and inquisitive little fingers.
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A couple of points if I may . . . .

The two
the bike reassembled, with all the pedals fitted.
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these pedals cross over, not being a biker I'm unsure if this is correct, the instructions are vague at this point.
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1. It's correct - the upper one is a fixed footrest, not a pedal. The longer lever underneath is the rear brake pedal.

2. If the bike is on the centre stand, with rear wheel raised off the ground, the rear wheel would drop down as the rear wheel springs/shock absorbers extended under nil load. The rear wheel on your model is in a position where it would be if under load. An answer would be to tilt the bike backwards so that the rear wheel is on the ground, then position the riders arse on the edge of the pillion seat, as though gently leaning/resting against it, and weighing the back of the bike down.
 
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A couple of points if I may . . . .

The two

1. It's correct - the upper one is a fixed footrest, not a pedal. The longer lever underneath is the rear brake pedal.

2. If the bike is on the centre stand, with rear wheel raised off the ground, the rear wheel would drop down as the rear wheel springs/shock absorbers extended under nil load. The rear wheel on your model is in a position where it would be if under load. An answer would be to tilt the bike backwards so that the rear wheel is on the ground, then position the riders arse on the edge of the pillion seat, as though gently leaning/resting against it, and weighing the back of the bike down.

in your second point, if I lower the rear wheel to the ground, would the real bike have the front tyre off the ground?

edit to add, just noticed Helms picture above in post 51 showing both wheels on the ground with the stand down, I may have to go over to the side(kick) stand.
 
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