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  1. Barring the decals - which would probably be buggered - there's no difference between the two. I would say those two kits are based on the 96 - 97 bikes. I can't remember all of the details but the main one is that the silencers are too big as unleaded fuel was used in 98 leading to shorter ones. Think that the water pump and engine management box are also older styles than the 98 (I've got both kits). A bit disappointing but maybe Honda weren't happy having the newer technology pored over by Tamiya! Some job with that masking. Rather you than me! I've got a set of 95 decals from museum collection for when I attempt mine. Good job that those Repsol Honda liveries barely changed through the years.
  2. Your bravery in going back and amended parts that you've already done a lot of work to is, well, admirable. I myself use the old lit firework adage: never go back to it!
  3. Lovely stuff. Very well done on a pristine finish. It was a shame that Tamada couldn't make the adaptation to Michelin, as he was a real fly in the ointment on Bridgestone. I was a fan. I have one these beautiful liveries to look forward to.
  4. Oval pistons, no less. A shame that the oval wasn't reliable enough to race long-term. Good that Honda put the technology to use in this limited and exquisite road version. Looking forward to gamblor916's clean and crisp build, as per usual.
  5. It's impressive that you're brave enough to glue all of those painted parts together! Looks mint.
  6. I can heartily recommend : Hana-bi Dolls Sonatine A Scene at the Sea But his most accessible film is Zaitochi. Sorry for taking this off track, but I can't pass up the chance to mention his masterpieces (IMHO, of course)!
  7. Kudos for including my favourite director in your outstanding project! The world is full of surprises. 'Beat' Takeshi actually had a serious scooter accident that left him with trademark facial twitches in his acting roles.
  8. Lovely result there. I can certainly appreciate all of the extra work that you've done. Bravo! Seeing McCoy smoking the rear of that bike was quite a sight. Who would've thought that a rider could jump from 125s and do that?
  9. Nice to see that exquisite piece of exotica here. Great job for your first bike build. I'm still building up my confidence before tackling mine. The sound in the flesh of one of these is just heaven. If you haven't seen it, here's a recently-retired racer giving an original bike some welly at the TT - before it goes pop.
  10. Cheers, mate. Just thought I'd highlight one of the main issues I had with this kit, for anyone that's got it stashed. These wraparound parts on the side fairing. I know that I'm preaching to the converted, and that you're better skilled than me, but please avoid any pressure on these parts. I snapped one when sanding and the other when removing masking tape. I then proceeded to snap the repairs around five times - requiring repainting each time. The fit is so snug that no strengthening can be used on the inside. And, as you can clearly see, any deviation from the original angle results in a bloody gap. Fortunately, this style was only in play for the 02 bike, so every other RC211V kit has the updated fairing. (Thank Christ, as I've got a few stashed)
  11. I'm assuming those are just your creation? Although I would love to see it emblazoned on a real-life entrant.
  12. No place for the BeerLao decals?
  13. Thanks very much, chaps. I had to step away from it quite a few times and actually started and finished one (RGV), then started another whilst sporadically going back to this. The, seemingly, endless setbacks took their toll on me!
  14. This one gave me bit of a kickin'. The main decals cracked and I was unsure if I would actually get it finished so I'm happy enough to get a reasonable finish in the end. Special mention to @Mumbly for his assistance decal wise. Used the ST27 PE kit and a few Top Studio bits and bobs. The pioneering spirit of Honda was certainly on show to herald the new age of the MotoGP class for 02. A five cylinder V engine was what they rolled out. Rossi wasn't keen initially and wanted to use the 500 again... until he tested it. He absolutely smashed the championship in 02 and 03.
  15. Looks splendid. Don't think I could cope with the amount of scratch-building required on these 1/6 kits. The urge to keep getting closer to the real thing must be almost impossible to resist. Certainly a cut above from where I am.
  16. Cheers. That's quite the wall hanging! Any other memorabilia knocking about? Thanks, Gary. The bike I'm working on now will be displayed with most of the fairing off (04 M1 with upgrade kits).
  17. Great work. Especially good that you seem to have avoided any bleed through on the yellow number boards. I was scared of painting too short so decided to err on the side of caution and go a little over my estimated measurements - resulting in small darker patches at the end of the boards. Kudos to you for getting that right!
  18. Lovely job. Must be nice to take some of jeopardy out the equation with no large scale painting or gluing, but I notice that those kits are priced accordingly.
  19. Thanks, mate. I'm well chuffed to receive these positive comments.
  20. Looking lovely. Great job. Nice that you made the effort to get some pics without the fairing. I didn't with mine, and regret it.
  21. Thanks. I did try both Microsol and the Mr Hobby gear. Maybe two coats of the liquid decal film next time might improve matters. Fortunately the kit I'm working on now was supplied with Cartograf decals, so I'm looking forward to a less fraught ordeal this time. If you're going to remember one rider, Doohan is a pretty good one! When I can justify paying for a Scalemotorsports PE kit I'll have his 90s Repsol Honda to build.
  22. Cheers! Sadly, the screws are in place, painted or covered, so it'll probably stay like that from now on. I did experiment with magnets on another build but without an acceptable outcome.
  23. Nice job. Having it balanced on that ledge gives me palpations, and it's not even mine!
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