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Tamiya Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo
Tamiya No. 16041
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Black, white, clear, orange, red
Scale: 1/6
MSRP: $375.00
Pros: Realistic build with many working features
Cons: Unclear length guide for vinyl tubing
This is the ultimate model of the 2013 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Lo. In 1/6 scale this kit is not only large, but extremely realistic. The design that went into this model is breathtaking.

It is truly a multimedia kit with many metal plated parts, screws, hex bolts, metal transfers, and machined metal details. Add the detail-up kit (#12655) which has CNC stainless steel rotors, mufflers, and other photoetched details, and the bike looks unmistakably real.

The lower gearbox is the first step. The parts assemble with precision that we have come to expect from Tamiya.

The bolt, nut, and screw guides could have been a bit clearer in terms of shape and size. I found myself getting confused on the type of hardware needed during some areas of the build. The gearbox also houses long metal rods that the twin-cylinder engine slips onto later, just like the 1:1 bike.
The oil tank, brake hydraulic control unit, and ignition modules were added to the frame. Everything assembles perfectly, with minimal glue and more metal hardware. Vinyl tubing represents hydraulic, oil, ignition, and fuel lines in two different sizes. The tubing length guide is on the side of the instruction pages called out during assembly steps. They are a bit unclear at times.

Double-stick tape is thin yet strong and is used for many parts throughout the build. It appears that if needed, Tamiya made it possible that the kit could be disassembled.

Painting the rear wheel centers was a challenge. They are satin-plated, and because the outer rim needs to stay plated, the masking was tricky, along with making the paint stick. The rear rotor from the detail-up set sets off the rear wheel.

The clutch linkage actually works with the heel-and-toe-style foot clutch pedals. The kickstand has a metal return spring like the 1:1 bike although the kickstand removed a bit of plating when returned to its up position.                     

The engine stacks on the long cylinder bolts and is secured with head bolts. There are more than 35 parts to the lower and upper cylinders for both sides.                    

The front fork is another working assembly. It has springs that are inserted in the fork tubes held in place by threaded metal nuts. The forks are installed on the upper handlebar cluster with metal bolts.                   

I painted my build the Harley Anniversary Pearl Orange available on the 2013 model, using Testor’s Blazing Orange One Coat lacquer.

The tank and fenders bolt on using hex-head bolts that are a nice decorative touch that give the model an incredibly realistic look. Even the rear taillight screws to the rear fender.

Final assembly included adding the seats, marker lamps, handgrips, and mirrors. The mirrors have metal rods with ball ends. This allows the mirrors to be positionable like the 1:1 units.

This is the biggest, most detailed Harley kit that Tamiya has done. Combined with the detail-up kit, it is a sure winner and a major sense of accomplishment. It was a true pleasure to build, and I highly recommend it to the experienced builder.


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