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Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

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    October 2020
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, March 13, 2023 5:30 PM
Next up, something simple, well by comparison to the T70…
I'm building it straight out of the box, but not following the proper sequence as the instructions show because I wanted to see how the chain builds up.  I considered getting the detail-up kit for the chain, but I thought I'd try to stick with the true OOB spirit just in case it looks good enough... 
The kit provides a nice booklet of photos for reference and the instructions have detailed color call outs.  However the two don't match on every item so I'm using both as a guide.  The info for the chain falls in between the two.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, March 13, 2023 5:46 PM

Cool project!  I've built 1/12 scale bikes and they are a nice size to work on.  I can only imagine a 1/6 scale bike!  You could put an old school GI Joe on it!

Following.

Thanks,

John

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 12:19 PM

Yes, 1/12th is a good scale for bikes.  I've done 1/12th, 1/9th and 1/8th bikes before.  Always wanted to try a 1/6th...

 

The rims are two pieces affairs and fit very well, but there is still a fine but unwanted seam where the halves meet. 
The color called out for the rims is Gold Leaf but I thought the anodized gold look in the reference photos looked cooler so I used Titanium Gold under Clear Yellow from the LP colors.
The spokes after being painted.

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, March 17, 2023 8:44 AM
The instructions on how to assemble the wheels is very detailed and specific even down to the cements to be used.  The jig that is provided to lace the wheels works great.
They also instruct to use the same jig to install the tires; unfortunately it has three little ribs to center the rim that chipped the paint when I tried to install the front tire.  Since the spokes were cemented into the rim I had to repair the paint damage as an assembled unit, so I made cardstock mask and blended the two colors.
 
I did not use the jig for the rear tire or for the front after I repaired the paint damage.  The tires fit without too much effort onto the rims.  I guess if you don't paint the rims the jig is a good idea for mounting the tires.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, March 18, 2023 1:55 PM
Like most motorcycle models I build, I do the brake rotors early on if not the very first thing.  Since these came pre-drilled all I had to do was paint them.  But that took a couple days with drying times.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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