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Vincent - Black Shadow (1952)

  • Kit Manufacturer: Revell-Germany
  • Major Material: Plastic
  • Model Specifications: 1/12 scale, length: 18.0 cm.
  • Work Experience: I believe the beauty of this bike will catch every modelers eyes. This kit was released in 1992, and it is still in production now. As indicated on the box, the required modeling skill level is 5. In order to get the same quality as the picture printed on the box without using an airbrush, you will need to have steady hands to paint each part under a magnification glass, and handle them very carefully. To avoid fingerprints, it is better to ware a pair of surgery gloves. I have to admit that I am not quite ready for the challenge of this skill level, so the result is not very satisfactory, but it was a good practice.

Historical Notes: The Vincent series C "Black Shadow" was one of the most spectacular motorcycles of the fifties. The motorcycles produced by Philip Vincent were anything but conventional: "Flaming apparitions" with many new features, such as the telescopic front fork. Incredibly fast, of robust design and easy to maintain with minimal tooling requirements, they were frequently referred to as "the Beasts". The top model of 1952, the Black Shadow, was widely regarded as the best Vincent ever. A unique 1000 cc V-engine designed as an integral part of the frame gave this fantastic machine a speed of over 195 km/h. Total weight 206 kg. There are few motorcycle types these days that can compete with this veteran when it comes to speed, weight, handling and compactness. (By Revell)

More Pictures:   | Right Top View |   | Engine Closeup |

Recommended References:

  1. Vincent: The Complete Story (Crowood Motoclassics)
  2. The Ultimate Motorcycle Book
  3. 100 Motorcycles, 100 Years : The First Century of the Motorcycle

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