Going to attempt making a LIFE SIZE Yamaha DragStar Classic 11 PaperCraft

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  1. paper_plumber

    paper_plumber New Member

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    Hi folks,

    I'm going to attempt to make a life size PaperCraft of the 'Yamaha DragStar Classic 11' and would reinforce the same using fibre glass etc. I have a few questions that I would like to ask you all before I start this experiment!

    1. What is the scale of yamaha PaperCraft that are available on their webpage? I believe its 1:6.7 (Please correct me if i'm wrong)
    2. Has anyone ever attempted doing this or something similar? If yes, could you please direct me to that blog / url etc.?
    3. How do I reinforce the parts to make sure it lasts long!

    I have been making paper crafts since 12 years now and this is the Yamaha DragStar Classic 11 I made a few years back (original size from Yamaha website):
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  2. alang

    alang Member

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    Hi there PP, this sounds like a major project!

    As you see from my avatar, my preference is to make things smaller, not bigger, but maybe I can help in a small way.

    1. As far as I know the Yamaha models are not precise scale, but adjusted aesthetically to convey the right impression. However, the adjustments are relatively slight, so a reasonable scale can be assigned. I have always worked on the basis of 1:7, but your suggestion of 1:6.7 (5% larger) would probably be an equally good estimate.

    2. The nearest thing I know of is that a few years ago Volker Preikschat scratch-built a Harley Chopper at full size, and described it (in German) on the Kartonbau.de forum:

    http://www.kartonbau.de/forum/harle...erichte-fahrzeuge/board4-fahrzeuge/t23227-f9/

    3. Volker's description may help you here.

    Good luck with your plans - don't forget to let us know how you get on.

    All the best,
    Alan
  3. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Big project. Really research it before you start. It will cost a fortune to make that. You could probably buy a real motorcycle with the final costs! :)
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This will be interesting to see.
    I am looking forward to seeing the build thread on this one.
  5. paper hollywood

    paper hollywood Member

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    Yes, with paper models it's not a bad idea to do a test print or so to determine the precise scale, just to be sure. I never entirely trust printers. That is going to be an interesting project, all right. So is all the coloration going to come from your computer printer? That's going to be a lot of ink, if so. I think I'd be inclined to cheat a bit here and there by using a B&W print as a template, then paint some areas. Whatever you do, we'll be behind you all the way, Plumber.
  6. zathros

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    I might even get large sheets of graph paper and for some parts, draw them out, using a small sheet of graph paper as reference, and spray paint it. :)