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1/9 PROTAR Senna II Ducati Desmoquattro Desmodici


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Here's another from my pen of excruciatingly long builds. This one is so long that I can't actually remember when it was started - 5, 6 years? It's almost been finished once only for me to realise the body colour wasn't accurate. So, stripped and resprayed with Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium and a clear coat of Tamiya TS-13 Clear.  Buffed with Micro Mesh polishing cloths (4000 up to 12000) and finished with all three grades of Tamiya polishing compounds. Some very light weathering, mostly with AK Interactive 'Dark'.

 

This model is boxed as a Protar 'SWIFT' model and it was only the other day that I discovered that Protar released these as 'easier' for construction and less amount of parts. The moulding is good...   although the engine block suffers perhaps with the usual Protar softness. I have done a good deal of super detailing, wiring, plumbing and more scratch building on this model than i've ever done before. Carbon decals from both Model Factory Hiro (exhausts) and Studio 27 (front mudguard) replace the Protar efforts which, by the way, are HUGE in pattern. As I destroyed the original 'Senna' markings I had some others made, more about them in another post of mine. 

 

 

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I know, the senna markings are missing on this side. I'm waiting for some further bespoke ones to arrive.

 

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Looks fantastic!

 

One very small nit-pick - where's the battery retaining strap? Looks to me like a hard right-hand turn and the battery will slide out of the tray...

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On 04/04/2022 at 09:01, Camo Viking said:

Looks fantastic!

 

One very small nit-pick - where's the battery retaining strap? Looks to me like a hard right-hand turn and the battery will slide out of the tray...

Thanks Camo Viking.

Hmm, interesting. I have to admit that with all the reference material I have there is no evidence of a restraining strap or any other mechanism. There should be a small lip on the bottom plate actually. You are right I should adjust for that, although I can't see that that would hold the battery firmly. Mind you if the real thing is anything like the model the fairing is extremely tight to get on and off, perhaps that would prevent any sliding out?

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Ok, It's such a small thing but I took Camo Viking's advice and have added a retaining lip to the battery shelf. It is the only thing I can find in all the reference I have that shows any evidence that the battery is held in place.

 

 

 

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