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  1. Thanks very much, Stef. I'm afraid that the forks are too good for me! They're from the Tamiya fork set, so proper metal.
  2. Used a few extras on this so it's being displayed naked. Norick didn't shine in the four-stroke era, and you have to believe that him being Rossi's teammate in 04 was at Vale's insistence - his Rossifumi moniker was a homage to Norifumi. A poor season in WSBK really wasn't the way that this all-action 500 hooligan deserved to leave the international scene. His debut at 18 years of age in 94 (on a 500) is the stuff of legend. I'll be building one of his 500s in the future. A more fitting stead for this amazing rider. Tragically, Abe was killed in a senseless road accident caused by a truck performing a U-turn (echoes of the incident that befell Mike 'the bike'). (some pics are edited and others not, please let me know if this causes any display issues)
  3. Really good to see this so well presented. I've got the Revell / Matchbox version to start sometime.
  4. Nice work. Brings back fond memories (I owned two). I very nearly bought this kit and the Spoon transkit before finances went sideways. Wanted to build the version I lusted after, rather than the one that I had!
  5. Makes perfect sense! Cheers. I'm a little concerned as the TS haven't been a perfect match with other bikes (Repsol Honda, Telefonica Suzuki), but I'll hope for the best (or spend ages trying to mix a concoction myself!) Thanks for giving me something enjoyable to watch.
  6. Enjoyed the first video. Appreciate the relaxed style and music choices, makes it a nice soothing watch. I'll watch the rest in time. I've been waiting for builds of this kit but am interested in how the Tamiya TS body colours match the Suzuki logo decals. (TS are much easier for me to obtain than Zero) Could I ask your reason to opt for Zero?
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. It's impressive that you're brave enough to glue all of those painted parts together! Looks mint.
  12. 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)!
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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)
  17. I'm assuming those are just your creation? Although I would love to see it emblazoned on a real-life entrant.
  18. No place for the BeerLao decals?
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
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