Custom painted and modified 1/6 scale Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.
Unlike some of my other action figures, T-800 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day has remained on display over the several years since I acquired it. I had long hoped to display it with the iconic 1990 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle from the film, but despite the popularity of all things Terminator, it does not appear that a vehicle matching its appearance in the movie has been produced in 1/6 scale. Customizers have had to modify similar vehicles, most commonly a 1/6 scale remote-controlled Harley-Davidson made by Tamiya.
I obtained a 1/6 scale Harley-Davidson Fat Boy officially licensed by the company in 1999 and sold by Mattel for, of all things, Barbie (these can still be found on EBay for less than astronomical amounts). Apart from its paint and a couple of features, the motorcycle seems to be identical to the 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy used in Terminator 2. To achieve movie-accurate appearance, I studied freeze-frames from the film and the work of other customizers. The modifications were as follows:
(1) removed the front and rear turn lights,
(2) painted the fenders and fuel tank cover with black acrylic paint (from the original red and gray), while trying to preserve the yellow and orange detail,
(3) painted the clutch and break levers and the cylinder in front of the engine column in chrome (from black),
(4) superimposed a movie-accurate license plate number over the original one (although T-800 might be the only guy able to get away with riding on a bike with “Barbie” on the license plate),
(5) covered the whole thing in gloss finish (avoiding the rubber parts),
(6) and constructed, as best I could, a pair of black leather saddlebags to hang over the rear fender.
An extra note on the model: the motorcycle cam be detached from its base by unscrewing several long screws from below. The model can then be displayed leaning on the retractable articulated side stand. For the purposes of easier handling and greater stability while customizing, I did not bother detaching it from the base in this project.
Although my skills are limited, especially working in this small scale, I believe the result is reasonably movie accurate. At any rate, it might give some ideas to other customizers.
I do not seem to be able to post or upload images here, but you can see the pictures in the album: