Harley Davidson motorcycle comes as part of Academy's "WW II
Ground Vehicle Set #6", where it shares the box with an amphibious
Jeep and an M3 half-track.
(A preview of the complete kit can be found here,
while a scan of the manual can be found here.)
doesn't mention the exact type of Harley on the boxtop... wait...
it doesn't even mention the motorcycle at all in the name of the kit,
even though it is shown on the boxtop. Nevertheless it seems we are
dealing with a WLA-45.
I am far from an expert on Allied stuff, and even less on motorcycles
but some due diligence reassures me that Academy captures the look
of the motorcycle very well. While the spokes of the wheels might
be a bit over-simplified, they are actually very, very convincingly
done and commendably thin.
The shortcomings I have found are the following:
- The tyres lack
any type of thread pattern. Being lazy, I grudgingly left them as
WLA's had saddlebags; the kit doesn't. Mine were sourced from the
lot of WLA had a leather holder for a Thompson SMG on the right
side of the front fork; the kit doesn't. My holder was scratchbuilt,
with the rifle butt scavenged from the spare's box.
WLA had an extra pouch added to the abovementioned rifle holder;
the kit doesn't. Mine was sourced from the spares box.
majority of WLA had a metal (ammo?) box attached to the left side
of the front fork; the kit hasn't, but the boxtop has! Mine was
WLA-45 had a windshield; the kit doesn't. As windshields are for
woosies, I didn't bother.
drilled out the front light to make a lens by painting the hollow
in silver and coating with Kristal Klear. Believing the fixture
above was also a light, I drilled that out too, while afterwards
I learned this was the horn. Drilling out the rear light still seems
a reasonable choice to this day.
that I didn't measure the dimensions of the kit, as I had no plans
to compare them to.
a star-in-ring from a spare decal sheet (Fujimi I believe) as the
kit didn't provide decals for the bike.