A wood BMW K1600GTL

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Ukrainian BMW fan Vyacheslav Voronovich assembled this 12:1 K1600GTL scale model out of 391 components he carved from wood himself. The level of detail is amazing, the .5mm-thick windshield is adjustable, for instance, and he made working springs by hot bending tiny wooden parts.

“First I made suspension, and then the frame – all from beech tree,” Vyacheslav told Motonews.ru. “Then I made the engine from alder. For the external components (the gas tank, front, left and right mudguards, etc.), I used my favorite kind of wood – ash tree. The windshield and the front light are also made from beech. Now that I mention it, the windshield is 0.5 millimeters thick. The dashboard, BMW logos and many other parts are made of 0.6 millimeter-thick mahogany veneer.”

“Interestingly enough, the model has plenty of adjustable parts: the rear footboards can be pushed back, the windshield can be raised just like on a real motorcycle, the wheels can roll, the handlebar can turn, and both the side stands can be removed. I especially pride myself on the completely functional front and rear shock absorbers that were made using the hot wood bending method – the same I used to make the six pieces of the exhaust pipe. The seats and lower parts of the panniers are made from alder, with the panniers made to be completely removable. The wheels, just as with my previous models, were carved from oak. The parts that have different colors in the real K1600 GTL also have different colors in my model, since they are made from different kinds of wood.” “The most difficult thing was making pairs of symmetrical components, like the panniers, rear view mirrors, side panels, silencers, and frame parts. They have to be symmetrically identical and accurate. And placing them on the motorbike symmetrically was even harder. To make matters worse, the fine details break really often when they are almost done, and then you have to start from scratch.”

  • Rick

    For other displays of obsession, see Pierre Scerri’s fully operational 1/3rd scale Ferrari 312PB.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub sean (the roommate)

    Building motorcycles out of wood by hand? I nominate him for man of the year.

  • Tim

    Wow I am such a loser, I can’t even make time to clean my garage.

    • carcanal

      i feel you, i have a hard time making stick figures.

  • Ola

    Very well done, but I am obliged to internet opine that it lacks functioning ABS and automatically tilting headlight.

  • markbvt

    That’s awesome… but not as awesome as this (as long as we’re on the topic of scale models):
    http://www.ronsmodelengines.com/Gas_Engines.html

  • Edward

    I bought Ron’s book on how to build your own offy. It is awesome to look at, although I have nowhere near enough experience with machining to do it. It’s fantastic just to look through, in a similar vein to watching videos of the 1/3 scale operational Ferrari. I have always wished that was radio controlled, by the by.