This article follows the construction of the Triumph 3WH motorcycle of Italeri in 1:9 scale, built by our partner Ruben Velazquez. At the start of the 2nd WW, Great Britain did not have all the technical equipment needed for such a conflict, therefore a lot of vehicles were ordered urgently. Motorcycles, mainly used by the well known DR "Dispatch Riders" for communication between different units, were converted from civilian bikes with small changes, like military color and the addition of frames for the canvas bags. Triumph proposed in short time the model 3WH, based on the civilian "Tiger 80", with an overhead valve engine and parallel forks. This model served on all fronts where the British Armed Forces fought, such as Africa, Europe and Asia. After 2nd WW these motorcycles were delivered to many other nations, such as Italy and Greece, where the Triumphs served for a long time thanks to their reliability and robustness.
Beginning assembly
In the pictures below we see the first steps of the kit assembly. Among them we see the construction of the engine, stands for the leather bags, seat, fuel tank and other components.
Here we see first the parts prepared for painting, and the first results of it.
Starting the assembly and the first steps of the "wired" of the model.
Now we see the placement of the motorcycle wheels.
Now we can see the painted and assembled model. The saddlebags were made with leather, same material used for covering the seat of the motorcycle. Now getting closer to the end of the job, the last step will be the weathering process.