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 Post subject: Airfix 1/16 Ariel Arrow
PostPosted: Wed 19 May 2010 22:15 pm 
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Should this model rest on its back wheel? You've done well, both of you, anyway (he says, as he's struggling with the BMW R69).

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PostPosted: Wed 19 May 2010 22:22 pm 
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In the real world, a bike generally has the front wheel on the ground, and the rear slightly raised, so that you can do things like adjusting & lubricating the chain.

The kit's stand is kinda long, and the rear suspension looks as if the dampers are too short (or very tired  -  or seized!). I felt it was more effort than it was worth to shorten the stand, so I just left it be  :D

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Stitch wrote:
In the real world, a bike generally has the front wheel on the ground, and the rear slightly raised, so that you can do things like adjusting & lubricating the chain.

The kit's stand is kinda long, and the rear suspension looks as if the dampers are too short (or very tired  -  or seized!). I felt it was more effort than it was worth to shorten the stand, so I just left it be  :D

Apologies for delayed response ... but probably a good call on your part. Photos show some variation in the "sit" of the bike.
http://www.realclassic.co.uk/ariel03090501.jpg
http://www.realclassic.co.uk/bikepix/arrow06061202.jpg
http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/wp-content ... 55x570.jpg
http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/wp-content ... 55x570.jpg

That last one shows, maybe, 2" of clearance. Is it possible that it was variable? I have no clue.

The early kit packaging shows a windscreen. That's not in the kit, though, is it?

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Mar 2015 20:01 pm 
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I think there was quite a diversity in the sit of the real thing, mainly depending on how much 'hammer work' the owner had applied to the stand, as I seem to recall a propensity for the ends of the stand to ground if the bike was ridden hard, especially when two-up. This was especially true with the heavier Leader variant.
The kit stand looks like an unmodified version, probably based on a brand new bike.

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