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?
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
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7