A decade of chromed bricks: Harley Davidson Road King Lowrider in Lego 1:10
This month a new Lego set is released; and for the first time it is a Harley Davidson model. Nope, its not the one on the pictures, but it’s a cool set nonetheless of the Fatboy model. I read a lot of comments and reviews on this new set and many mention that the set is cool, but would be superb with the addition of chrome. That made me smile, and proud as well. Why?… Let me take you ten years back in time….
This year it is over a decade ago I started working with retro-chromed Lego bricks. At the time I was building trucks and really wanted more shiny bricks to make the models more realistic. There were none, apart from a few genuine bricks from the Black Cat Model Team era.
I looked into different solutions, like spray painting, and checked Bricklink, but there was nothing good enough. I checked the web and got familiar with industrial plating on plastics technology. A technique were an actual layer of true chrome is applied to ABS plastic, in a similar chemical process as normal metal chroming. I established some contacts in my business network and soon did some trials at a dedicated big factory. It worked like a charm on Lego bricks. The owner of the factory liked it so much, he supported me making it happen.
Since then I ordered many chromed bricks and helped many getting them. I introduced chrome to the Lego community and although it was seen as a somewhat blasphemistic approach by some purists at the start, it became more and more popular over the years, and also became more available on Bricklink.
To celebrate a decade of chrome I built a fresh one-off Harley Davidson Road King model in lowrider style, scaled 1:10.
I hope it inspires many to upgrade their new Fatboy set, and make it more realistic. Chrome is cool!