Cherry Bomb

Built by: Jay Lewis in Fridley, Minnesota, USA

The Cherry Bomb was built in 1996 from an unbuilt original kit. The body was first glued together and sanded to get rid of the parting seam. An access panel was cut out on the underside of the body so the turbine engine could be installed after it was painted. The trailer halves were glued together and sanded then all parts were painted with House of Kolors candy red lacquer over silver. Next a coat of clear with pink pearl was sprayed on followed by a several coats of clear. After a month all parts were sanded and polished.

For the interior I hand painted the digital dash display using orange One Shot, then seat belts were installed. Shabo dry transfer redlines were added to both the car and trailer tires to complete the look.

I decided to change the look of the chopper as many of the chrome pieces were missing. The front forks were made using aluminum rod and tubing with Evergreen plastic strip used to make the triple clamps. Handlebars were bent up using aluminum rod with hand grips, brake and clutch levers made from plastic rod and strip. The exhaust headers were bent up out of solder then clear coated to seal them. 

Mufflers were made from aluminum tube. I shaped the front fender from Evergreen plastic along with the disc brakes. The seat was shortened to a solo seat with a speedometer added into it. Cables, hoses and wiring were added to complete the bike. It was painted along with the car and trailer.

The display was built using plexi-glass sheet and rod. All the edges of the platforms were polished then painted candy red lacquer. As an added touch the Cherry Bomb sign was hand painted using One Shot with a picture of Tom to finish it off.

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