Harley Davidson XL 1200 Sportster Custom 1:8 Scale Model Revell Kit 85-7310 Review

2013 December 12
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20131212*
Harley XL 1200 Sportster Custom 1:8 Model Revell Kit #85-7310 Review

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The Harley Sportster was a hit from the start but the 1200 Custom raised the bar for power and elegance.  The 1200 was the most powerful model in the Sportster series and one twist of the throttle will convince you that you’re in for some fun. The Custom was fitted with a wider front end and tires along with a lower profile fuel tank.

For The Modeler: This is a Revell kit 7310, Harley Davidson XL 1200c Sportster 1200 Custom. Released in 1997 and longer in production, these kits are still readily available at online auctions and garage sales at a reasonable price. It is a 1:8 scale kit and is a Skill Level 2 kit with 75 pieces. The pieces are molded in; chrome, metallic red, grey, clear amber, clear red, clear, black vinyl tires, and waterslide decals. Here is an eye grabber a replica of a Harley Davidson 1200 XL Sportster from Revell. This Sportster has the 1200cc Evolution Engine. Revell describes the XL 1200 as a “lowered suspension, custom seat, and 21” laced front wheel with floating disc; slotted disc rear wheel; cloisonné tank emblem.  And a handle bar treatment that’s like nothing else…”  Revell’s description is right on the money, this Sportster is for “those with a bottomless appetite for Sportster styling.” The finished dimensions are; Length 10.75”, Width 4.125”, Height 7.125”.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine assembly and detailing; test fitting; frame detailing; correcting instruction errors; where to avoid glue; how to remove unwanted chrome plating for authenticity; adhesives to use for transparent parts; identifying and removing excess flash; dry brushing to add realism; repairing seams; installing directional tires; how to avoid decal fogging; decal preparation and applications, are all fully examined in this pictorial 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. The instructions are also available with this review.


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2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2014 July 6
    Jesse permalink

    Hi James, thank you for your detailed review. I am just an amateur, but I’m thinking about getting this kit. The only thing holding me back is some uncertainty regarding the measurements. Could you please tell me the height from the bottom of the rear tire to the top of the seat? And then could you tell me the width of seat? The reason I’d like to know is that I’m thinking of placing a 1/8 scale resin statue of a person on top so that he’s straddling the seat. Thank you!

  2. 2014 July 6
    Jesse permalink

    Sorry, I was a bit unclear. I meant to say from the ground to the top of the front part of the seat, because the seat is raised at the back part.

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