Since the forum is mainly about budget bike builds, I thought this kit would be of interest to some of you in the forum. For around $ 20.00 you can build a replica of Classic Krate. The kit is available in few different colors and has decals for a few versions as well including the Orange Krate; which was the envy of almost every kid on the block back in the 1970's. I have more than a few projects going on, so hopefully I can get to work on it in the near future.
Also, just to get an idea of the potential of these kit here are few pictures of a Honda 70 MiniTrail that I built a while back.
Post by desertbikes on Nov 10, 2019 20:17:11 GMT -7
Very nice work. My neighbor had a real one when I was a kid. It was red tho. No helmets, pads, or common sense. I don't really recall the rear shock setup looking like that. Did you modify it of is that stock?
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Thanks for the compliment DB! As for the question of the rear shocks, they are a stock setup as best as I can tell. Before I started the build, I looked at quite a few images of the Honda 70 Mini Trail to get the build as realistic as possible. During my research, I did notice some slight variations depending on what year the bike was produced, but nothing too drastic. Interestingly enough, outside the US market this bike was referred to as the Honda DAX, and was setup for street use as opposed to the US version; which was intended for off-road use. Finally, Honda also produced a Mini Trail 50 ; which featured a tubular frame instead of the stamped metal frame that was found on the 70. In addition, some of the Mini Trail 50s lacked shocks in the rear, but later models had the rear suspension setup.
Also, I couldn't help but think about how reckless kids were back in those days. My friend had a Honda 70 and never wore a helmet either!
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2019 22:29:34 GMT -7 by firemist
except for the lack of grease and dirt i wouldn't know that's not the real thing, very nice work. i've known military modellers who take great pains to add dirt, wear and tear and even battle damage to their models.
Thanks Lurker! I appreciate the kind words. As for the license plate it was a decal that came with the kit. After stopping by here, I think I am going to push the Orange Krate Sting-Ray build to the front of the line! I also have a potential 1:1 project that I will post in the near future.
As best as I can tell from doing research on these bikes, they came in 6 different colors : Orange, Red, Yellow, Green, White, and Gray. The Apple Krate, Pea Picker, and the Gray Ghost featured metallic paint; while the rest were non-metallic. I believe they were making reproductions of these bikes not too long ago, and they are also sought after collector's items. They may have been a bit heavy to peddle around, but they really are still very cool!
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2019 12:15:59 GMT -7 by firemist
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