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MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:03 pm

Hi all .....................


just setting my stall out so to speak regards the new long-term project. As you may have garnered it's the newly released MFH 1940 Knucklehead. A new medium, a new manufacturer and a whole new experience so this should be fun (one hopes).

Nothing much yet to see but having started by glueing the obligatory engine halves together .... thought I'd open a build thread and commit myself to the project.

Pics as proof then .......................

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Probably spent more time playing building the engine cradle so far - but the steps it's sitting on are from my last long-term project and it kind of feels right to give it a bit of an environment - plus my head makes up back stories and little adventures for the build - it keeps it quiet and happy which is a blessing trust me .................... the noise in here sometimes!!
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Mark » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:41 am

Extra large popcorn please :D
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby krow113 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:36 am

I'll be watching , having just ordered one. Looks to be on par with the Brough , so you should have fun.
Any idea on the color you are going to paint it?
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby number1 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:57 pm

Looking forward to this, love the cradle. ;)
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:16 pm

krow113 wrote:Any idea on the color you are going to paint it?


Hmm ... not really sure yet. Nothing too flash or modern, I'd like to keep it period-esque. At the minute I'm thinking a two-tone, I like Black over Cream, but equally Black over Grey has a nice understated feel to it. I "might" give in and go for something a bit brighter but nothing candy or pearlescent.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:27 pm

I've decided that perhaps the best way to pictorially notate the build is to post a few images that coincide with the construction breaks in the instructions, so here is Panel 1- diagram A ..........

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Basic background weathering in place, some more refined work later to tie the component parts together.

PS ... I'm building the way I usually do with a simple backstory - and the bike will be rendered as "used but loved" - NOT a shelf queen.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby krow113 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:20 pm

Looks good!
Googling the info you can come up with the 5-6 colors and combos that were available at the time of purchase. Basically red , blue , grey , etc with a small stripe . Not too appealing but remembering the time frame (WW 2) , they are period correct.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:13 pm

Well here we go with panel b, it looks like a straightforward and simple build but those fins turned out to need a bit of thought - nothing drastic but it took some brainpower to make sense of the right order of events it's difficult to see but what made things easier was a shim inserted down the back of the barrel flats ... tightened it up and took a lot of the slack out the assembly. Here I've gone with a "cast iron" finish to the barrels - all to make the weathering a little more theatrical down the line.

Pic's then ......................

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Although a little premature I couldn't resist posing it with the heads on. A standard matt black - again for maximum drama when the knuckles go on. As an aside I'm using Halfords acrylic with the Halfords acid etch as a base ... seems pretty tough so far. Without being too aggressive it's coping with general handling and some poking with a cocktail stick.


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The next diagram deals with the build-up of the heads - looks quite complex actually - loads of pipes and stuff!!!
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby number1 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:25 pm

Looking great Andi, hope to resume the Vincent soon :D
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby casper » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:37 am

Looking really nice Andi,
I just love your wood work bench and great photo's by the way
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:53 pm

casper wrote:
I just love your wood work bench and great photo's by the way
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Hey Casp' ... many thanks - pleased that you're following along. It makes me smile when folk mention the photo's - Mark made mention once that I was using a home studio/ - Well sort of ...........................................

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............. Grins ........... just copy paper and my work lamps, camera is a (now) quite old Sony point and shoot - and I only post edit for size and optimise for easy upload and storage - 1000pixels and 500kB max (or thereabouts) ... ;)
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Mark » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:21 pm

Ah, it's the two lights that give you the edge. You'll need a bigger sheet of paper for the finished bike - perhaps an A3 studio :lol:
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:37 pm

A further update on the Knucklehead - based on the "heads" assembly (still on the first panel and diagrams three and four) ..... and as much a walk around as anything for those that may be following.
There are a few vagaries such as the fit of the rocker shafts to the back of the knuckles - and even though everything is as square as possible, because of the nature of the assembly it's difficult to gauge how well the heads will sit on the barrels?

Pics then .................

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Laters ... as it happens......................................................
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby number1 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:49 pm

Looking good, looking forward to the next update :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby casper » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:27 am

me too can't wait :mrgreen:
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby krow113 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:53 am

While assembling the real engine the mechanic would have the intake manifold in place , and slowly tighten the heads and manifold accordingly.
As this is just glued that procedure may help to get things aligned.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:59 am

krow113 wrote:While assembling the real engine the mechanic would have the intake manifold in place , and slowly tighten the heads and manifold accordingly.
As this is just glued that procedure may help to get things aligned.


Yep' ... that's pretty much how I did it - although one mustn't forget the rather errant four pushrod tubes that one has to manipulate at the same time - I will grant you - it was rather fiddly, but do-able. .................. pic's to follow.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Andi Little » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:49 pm

Well, this brings us up to the second page - panel 2, diagrams A and B, And that's it for the engine (for a while) - I've left out the Spark plugs and the high and low-tension cabling ... this only because I didn't want bits of wire hanging loose - it will be just as easy to assemble these before the engine goes into the frame. And speaking of which; that is exactly what I move onto next ...........................

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Excuse the "arty" black and white shot at the end - couldn't help myself ... Oh, and the props "benches, steps and planks" etc. I get quite a kick out of fiddling with those - and I'm building up a little collection now.
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby number1 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:50 pm

This is just awesome, hats off to you Andi :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: MFH Knucklehead 1/9th

Postby Mark » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:06 am

:text-goodpost:

Yup, what Les said !
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