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Old 24-12-2009, 06:38 PM
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Was priming n 2K blacking comission tank today n thought well it would be rude not to do same to those bandit bits Ive been filling n sanding for last few evenings. lol. :-



Helmet fairing, visor n vents for same, side panels, frame infil panels, front muddy (god that was a state! - LOADSA FILLER).

Couple days off for xmas n I`ll start sanding em back n airbrushing em up ere n there when get time. Look miles better in black tho.
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Old 29-12-2009, 04:48 PM
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Got my mate Rob up at mo visiting. Went out this afternoon n reorganised garage, lifted down bandit onto ground, n blocked up rear end n rear wheel etc at ride height. Taped on bits of bodywork roughly so we could bath stand back n partake in copious beard scratching. lol.

First time to see it on the ground in one peice and be able to stand back from it few feet. Eres the pics:-





These are with wheelbase set at 1600mm. Got measurements for swingarm for Yantosh while at it. Swingarm pivot to rear wheel spindle distance 700-800mm slots bud. Pics are at smaller setting, but reckon looks spot on at this sorta length.

Should look good with fat 200 section tyre on there:-



Rob giving me dosh for old wheel n bits which cleared a bit of space too. Reckon its looking cool tho n worth the 160 so far. Not too low or long to be unrideable or impractical. Not gonna be a show bike after all. Gonna see a shitload of tarmac. lol.

Some dodgy hairy fecker ran in n sat on it making `broom broom` noises. lol.



Got this standard bandit oil cooler off Rob as part of deal too. Gonna run 2 coolers so quick clean n paint n should do nicely:-

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Old 31-12-2009, 06:08 PM
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No time to do owt today as in middle of some full on bike artwork for a customer. Gonna try get nose fairing n few odds n sods airbrushed up this weekend tho.

My photoshop died so had to resort to paint to do a quick doodle. Enuf to see Im on track for look Im after tho which is cool:-



I`ll try get few bits painted up this weekend n stick up pics. Nose fairing n frame infil panels first as ready to mount.
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:05 PM
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Been a busy bunny doing a few hours spraying this weekend when not in bed n could be arsed. lol.

Not clear coated yet which will really make it look nice n blend colours together more n give the black much more depth, etc, etc. Will look stack better than now basically.

These are before clear coat as not done that yet. lol. I`ll get it cleared n assembled n back on bike next few evenings or so n post pics. Quite happy with it tho. Based loosely on a slipknot mask n wanted to tie it in with bio-face frame side sections n plans for rest of bodywork.




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Old 03-01-2010, 07:05 PM
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Visor insert film:-



Some little sheilded cables to match in with frame/engine art. Some nice wee drop shadows too to make em stand out a bit 3D style:-



Some nice hair strands with drop shadow effects too.

Some other detail shots:-





Pretty happy with it. Cant wait to get it clear coated/assembled/mounted on bike. Should look mean. 8-)

Came accross some tattoo art that blew my mind over weekend too. I had rest of bodywork planned out in my head but what I saw has moved it all to another level. I had planned doing it all 3D but the tattoo I seen took it above n beyond into surreal optical illusion 3D bio-mech stuff. Gonna be a challenge to pull it off in paint, but gonnas be really nice if can pull it off convincingly. Probably why havent seen it done before, but Im up for the challenge.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:19 PM
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Got nose fairing sanded/polished/assembled tonight. Looked smart:-






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exellent m8....
you need to do some you-tube how to vidz....
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:10 PM
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Continued,






Nipped out to garage n bolted it on. Was freezing me nadgers off tho so didnt solder up the indicator wires. Job for during the day when above minus 10 methinks. lol. End up burning my fingers n not even realising it.

Grabbed couple pics with camera while out there, but not the best. Gives an idea of look tho:-






Doing a series of how to`s soon for pkandg airbrushing mag hacky. Might do some for Nik or other mags if anyone shows interest. U-Tube aint gonna happen on dial up connection. lol.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:08 PM
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Nother wee bitty tonight. Got frame insert panels by headstock done n clear coated, and 2K blacked the headlights bracket and tax disc holder as both scabby looking. Gives me a chance to solder up the indicator wires while all apart again tho. lol.

Took a few pictures with both flash on n flash off as couldnt get right light for pics. Final look is somewhere in middle in daylight. lol.







I`ll get the infil panels sanded/polished n front end back together tomorrow night hopefully.

First picture shows how I manage to get so much done after work when I cant be arsed. Helpful wife! Lol.
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:34 PM
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Not most exciting update today. Hit a snag.

Sanded n polished up infill panels. Look good in daylight instead of camera flash:-




Shiny shiny. lol:-



Bolted em on. Look cool:-



Nice n subtle when step back too which is exactly what I wanted:-



Bolted freshly painted headlights bracket back on, mounted lights/helmet fairing, etc, wired up indicators. Woohoo done says I. Checked lights n one goes high beam n other goes low n vice versa, sidelights dont work and high beam on dash comes on when take one of bulbs out. lol.

Bike was fooked up for previous owner when guy from `bike` shop up town bodged on twin lights for him. Only one bulb working when got bike so presumed just bulbs n replaced em all. Hey ho, gonna warm up for a bit as feckin freezing out there n go n unbolt it all again n unplug lights harness from main loom. Looks like guy who fitted em has fooked up joining the 2 lights wires together. Dumbass! Feckin professionals eh!

Hey ho all part of the fun of bike building. Shouldnt be a hard sort, just a pain in the arse when thought was finished front end. Doh!
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:13 PM
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Nother wee bitty today in between sprayin.

Sorted front end lights problems. All bolted up on freshly painted brackets, etc:-



Working indys:-



Sidelights on n off:-




Got other infil panel bolted on that everythings soldered n taped up, etc wiring wise.

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Old 17-01-2010, 03:44 PM
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Ok eres the pics of the mudguard folks. Bout 15 hours work in it. Theres a lot of them but when you see the scale of the work you`ll understand why it was a twat to try catch it in a photo. lol.

Wanted a mega detailed and intricate paintjob with geiger influences. Some tidy bio-mech to tie in with rest of bike artwork. Think I achieved that and produced some micro scale accurate stuff. Overboard.........yes, but why not, not like its costing me owt but spare time. lol. Gonna be a rolling advertisement for my business so might as well fling everything I can at it.






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Old 17-01-2010, 03:44 PM
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Me fat fingers again to give idea of scale:-


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Old 17-01-2010, 03:45 PM
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Job done n no scratches:-






People might question my sanity sticking so much detail on back of mudguard, but Im enjoying it n blank canvas to try new things on, etc. Will be visable tho as side scoops covering turbo, etc will be mounted low down at sides of engine. Will be in shadow but thinking of wiring in few hidden white LED`s under headstock to light up this area slightly when bikes on display at shows, etc.

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Side panels are underway at mo hence missing in pic above. Airbrush em up this week in between things n in evenings hopefully. Cant do much turbo wise till have spare money for parts such as fuel reg/pump, etc, and cant make headers/plenum just yet either as dont get welding gear till march. Concentrating on bits I can do for moment so project doesnt grind to a halt.

Oh yeah might be changing my marmite handlebars. lol.

Mate Gixerjon offered to make me a set up like the ones he`s doing for his turbo blade project Im spraying. Got some spare lights for his project so getting the bars for nowt. Woohoo. Not giving much away, but gonna be wide n stupidly chunky billet affairs.
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Old 23-01-2010, 04:14 PM
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Sidepanels done:-






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Old 23-01-2010, 04:16 PM
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For an idea of scale think it was a 4mm allen key I bolted this bolt up with:-




N me fat finger makes an appearance again as a size indicator:-

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Old 23-01-2010, 04:17 PM
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On the bike:-





Bars off for new ones to go on when get em. Mate offered to make me some billet 38mm billet bars for free like the ones for his turbo blade he`s building. Swap for some lights Ive got in shed for his project, so all works out well. Sorta like his ones below but with different riser blocks setup so can slot em straight onto my bandit top yoke:-



Seat unit stripped off bandit too as thats next for paintwork.
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Old 29-01-2010, 06:32 PM
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Had couple of pm`s on different forums askin if I was still doing bits to bike and any new updates. Its just like a new episode of pikey biker build-off. :giggle

Yeah I am still doing bits, just struggling for time at mo. Comission paintworks busy n thats gotta come first obviously. Also typing away like a twat in evenings as got stack of editorial features to type up for various mags. Airbrushing magazine wants a years worth of features...........to start with. Busy, busy, lol.

Working on seat unit just now but its a feckin mess. Doing bit here n there at it tho. Had about 4mm thick coating on it of various colours of brush smoothrite. Nice.............

Absoloute twat to get off. Tried heat, thinners, gun wash, pretty much everything. In the end resorted to 80grit wet n dry on my sander. Chewed it up big style n left it rough as hell but got it all off.

Chopped this section out of grab handle recesses:-



Still to neaten up edges obviously. Decided not to stick grab handle back on. Its a big lump and wont get used anyway. Me missus holds on with her thighs and kids hold onto pillion pal belt handles. Reckoned Id continue the smooth theme like the smoothed off engine casings, hidden nose fairing mountings, etc, etc by making some insert plates to cover the recesses.

Like this cardboard template, but obviously sitting more flush as will be 2-3mm alloy plate.



Will need a bend in it to match seat unit profile, but should work fine.

One set of mounting points is fine as only to hold plastic on instead of locating a grab handle which is getting wrenched about. Inserts will be sprayed to match rest so should be pretty un-noticable.

Rear light lens is a fookin mess as per everything else on bike. Scratched to buggery, big crack, and burn marks like its had paint stripper over it:-




Yeah I could buy another lens, but that involves money and I aint blowing money on a peice of plastic and bumping up my 160 budget un-neccesarily. Besides gives me a chance to try summit out.

Dab of filler on crack obviously which can be sanded back to smooth. Area for number plate illumintaion and reflector masked off. Why........ cos Im gonna spray the lens to cover the crap finish. Masked off couple of eye shapes also to allow areas of unscratched red lens to be visable for illumination:-



Gonna be down low as bike will be low and at a downwards angle so subtle. Gonna spray the rest of lens black and airbrush on some features round eyes, etc to match in with rest of seat unit artwork. Be summit different n of course saves me cost of lens. lol.

My mate Gixerjon`s got my alloy bar in for making my chunky billet bars and riser block so be getting them somepoint. Asked him to machine down the ends of the bar to big spikes as thought it would be cool, and saves me having to buy barends. lol.

Sitting sanding seat unit just now with 400grit. Thats my Friday night plans! lol. Seat unit is rougher than wet n dry Im using, but gonna stick with it. Hopefully get seat plastics into 2k black basecoat this weekend n then can chip away at airbrushing during week.
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Old 30-01-2010, 07:52 PM
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Cut out some alloy infil panels for seat unit cutouts today. Cut them out with my laser cutter (pair of scissors), formed the fold line with my sheet folder (hammer n kerb), formed the compound curves with my english wheel (my knee n chubby fingers). lol

Fits not bad and should sit pretty flush.




Sprayed seat unit n plates in primer today too. Dont look too bad. Not great but was in a right state. Nother couple of coats of primer n 2k black should get rid of slight marks tho ready to airbrush. Also coated rear light lens.
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Brilliant work there, hope you get plenty of work from it. Mind you, youve got a bit of competition from those who know how to handle a spray can of matt black
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Old 31-01-2010, 04:36 PM
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Not a big update but a good one in my eyes. Been a lot of hours sunk into tryna salvage that seat unit. What a mess. lol.

Got seat unit coated in 2k black. Built up several layers of thick mix paint to cover up the last of the tiny surface imperfections. Slight bit of orange peel as a result of paint thickness, but going to be flatted smooth before airbrushing starts anyway.



Also coated the rear light and seat infill panels I made.



Got some comission gsx1400 bodywork to crack on with during week, but I`ll try get the odd bit of airbrushing done on the rear end parts in the evenings.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:13 PM
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Not a shitload to report as works busy.

Clear coated rear light lens today (shiny, shiny):-



Can get the masked areas sliced out with a scalpel tomorrow afternoon n assemble the light. I`ll connect it up n get a pic of it lit up. Hopefully will look alright. Better than a fooin cracked n scratche one anyway. lol.

Made a small start on seat unit this evening too. Sanded back 2K black to remove last of flaws. Nice n shape its meant to be now for a change. Started laying on flames, but didnt get that much done:-



Weekend off work tho so I`ll get bit more done.

As you can see the grab handle inserts I made are gonna be pretty inconspicuous. Flowing artwork right over them to help hide em:-



Had a nosey in shed earlier too n realised I need to make a bracket to hold number plate since chopped undertray down. Was gonna make a simple bracket in normal location, but then had another idea to make life awkward for myself. lol.

Full size legal plate with border trimmed off under rear end. Loadsa space cos long swingarm going in:-




Still pretty damn visable even allowing for tyre height. Need to hook up another light of some sort to illuminate it back there, but no hardship.

Then had another idea..............

Mounting it on a hinge plate with electric solenoid hooked up to ignition switched live. Ignition on - as above. Ignition off - and it swings up into recess of undertray and is hidden when parked up:-



Back of number plate will be painted black also. Emailed a mate whos a leccy engineer for navy base n he`s tryna route out a central locking solenoid or similar n I can then make up brackets, etc to make it work. Easy bit for me tho as degree in industrial design. lol. He`s helpin me with wiring setup too which is cool.

Summit different, again out of scrap. Should be pretty cool n play in with rest of flush/smooth look.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about this bike and it's evolution, Harris. I reckon it's the sort of thing we should see here more often. A good, honest bit of home customising.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:45 PM
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Got another bit of seat unit done today:-



Gonna take ages tho tbh due to complexity scale of whats going on it and size of panel. Even the bits you cant see underneath where it wraps back round are done too. lol. Chipping away at it tho.

Got back light tape removed, etc and re-assembled. Cleaned up lens a bit since these pics too:-




Even though screws onto inside of seat plastics I couldnt resist running out to garage n connecting it to see what looked like lit up. lol:-




Not too bad. Certainly better than was.
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nice work, that light is rather cheeky
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:36 PM
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Bitta lazy weekend ere. Cant be arsed sitting in me wee room airbrushing the seat unit. Been in there every day for last 12-13 days.

Took tank off bike today for a nosey as thats next in line. Just as much of a mess as Id remembered it being. Doh!



Couple big dents n loadsa shitty small ones:-




Underneaths just as nice:-




Time to crack out the wire brush on the drill, flap disc on the grinder and the paint stripper. lol. Then lots n lots of filler n sanding.

It shall be rescued same as rest tho. Gonna get some petseal stuff n clean n seal inside too while overhauling it.

Tap boss Yan welded on for me a bit bent from its initial bashed in condition (not his work). Only slight deformation of boss, but not convinced gonna seal properly against tap. Might buy some petrol resistant liquid metal stuff n smear around tap boss while at it to be sure.



Simple on/off gravity tap on there for easier turbo fuel supply setup. Return into tank via one of tank breathers underneath already been done by Yantosh too. Just smeggy as hell looking. lol.
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Yeah ken him. Gets everywhere dont he.
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