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  1. A real swerve from 1/72 aircraft, I picked this Tamiya bike kit up from Hobbycraft a couple of years ago with another Tamiya 1/12 bike, a Honda CB 750F, for £20 each, I think, Here's the box art for those unfamiliar with the kit. This kit has shown me that I've a lot to learn still about model making - who knew, for instance that tamiya tape will peel the chrome plating off a part? You all did? And no one told me? Guess how I found out! If you know the kit, then I suspect you'll be familiar with what I perceived as flaws. Instructions that were somewhat vague. Chrome plating that was too susceptible to tamiya tape. Vinyl tubing - aka electrical leads - started off somewhere, couldn't always find where they ended. Some very tricky elements of construction that needed 3 hands when using one to glue something together. Some poor decision making by Tamiya making the front mudguard and fuel tank - moulded in two halves and hence seams - compared to the rear mudguard a single piece moulding, and no seam. I couldn't see why each of the front mudguard and fuel tank had to be moulded in two halves, and they were some very difficult seams to remove, both front mudguard and fuel tank. You're thinking "aah, he didn't like this kit at all" Actually, no, I quite enjoyed making it, especially as the kit did tend to come together pretty nicely. Just those few tricky bits. Which I did manage to overcome, even if it looks a bit ropy. Although OOB, I did use bare metal foil (chrome) in a few places. This was a 7/10 kit for build fun, a 4/10 for my work - and here are some photos. Thanks for looking.
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