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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.

 

SAM_3872

 

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.

 

SAM_3873 SAM_3874 SAM_3875 SAM_3876 SAM_3877 SAM_3878

 

Thanks for looking.

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Looks much better than a 4/10 to me, I think that's a very nice looking bike! I like your colour choice and the build all looks really tidy. 

 

2 hours ago, Whofan said:

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!

 

I didn't, so I'm glad you found out and let me know....!! :)

 

Keith

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2 hours ago, keefr22 said:

Looks much better than a 4/10 to me, I think that's a very nice looking bike! I like your colour choice and the build all looks really tidy. 

 

 

I didn't, so I'm glad you found out and let me know....!! :)

 

Keith

Keith, 

 

Thanks for those kind words.

 

the colour choices are per the instructions. One thing I haven't done is put a coat of gloss varnish on. The decals don't seem to have silvered, so I left it.

 

As for the Tamiya tape, glad to give you a heads up!!😄

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17 minutes ago, Rickpadwick1801 said:

Very nice.

 

I've built 2 Tamiya bikes myself and I'm still shocked at how detailed they are. 

Thanks for this.

 

Yes, I agree - the detail in these bike kits is remarkable.

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I've got one of those tucked away and an Aoshima GPZ900r to build at some point, maybe

I've always been into bikes and still own a couple of older full size ones gathering dust in the garage, but I've never enjoyed building bike kits for some reason 🤔

Maybe beacuse of the reasons you've said, that they are bloody awkward, but at the end of the day it's still an iconic shape bike, well done :) 

 

Ian :) 

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@Redstaff,

 

Thanks for that.

 

Yes, I did find it awkward, but ultimately more fun than awkward.

 

I have noticed a humungous seam under the headlight that I totally missed when building the kit, but I am probably going to leave it as it would be - you guessed - awkward to deal with!

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Looking great, I built this kit a long time ago and botched it as most kids probably did!

The kit holds up really well and you've done a grand job with it.

Plenty of nostalgia for me with both the model and the real thing.

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1 minute ago, Zephyr said:

Looking great, I built this kit a long time ago and botched it as most kids probably did!

The kit holds up really well and you've done a grand job with it.

Plenty of nostalgia for me with both the model and the real thing.

Edit: I couldn't get those vinyl tubes to work either- they didn't fit over the pins like they were supposed to, and I couldn't see where all of then were supposed to end.

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1 hour ago, Zephyr said:

Edit: I couldn't get those vinyl tubes to work either- they didn't fit over the pins like they were supposed to, and I couldn't see where all of then were supposed to end.

I managed to get the vinyl tubes on the pins, but in a way I'm relieved it wasn't just me who found the tubes didn't seem to have an end point!

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