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Tamiya 1/12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR (Finished)

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  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Tamiya 1/12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR (Finished)
Posted by Tubosteve on Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:30 AM

So, something new for me. After numerous planes, armor, cars and a ship I was wondering what to do next. After a quick look around the internet this caught my eye...........never tried a bike before so I figure now was the time to try.

Ordered yesterday from Jadlam, came this morning via the postie (though I did pay for 24hr delivery as had nothing else to do and was getting withdrawal symptoms!).

 

Let battle commence.


 

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Friday, February 5, 2021 5:34 AM

Well....so far so good.

So this is where I am after yesterdays session in the shed, engine assembled and in the frame.

Assembly and fit has been typically Tamiya good, mold-lines and seams minimal, what little there has been is easily cleaned up.

As someone who is not 'into' bikes and so never really looked at them I assume these bikes were always very clean, spotless even, as they were constanly maintained etc. so I figure that washes etc. are not going to be required and this will look 'showroom'..........correct?

 

 





Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, February 5, 2021 5:47 AM

Tubosteve,

Looks very good. And yes, this is a MotoGP bike, which is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. So yes, that bike will look almost show room new. 

Great job, looking forward to more progress. 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 5, 2021 8:49 AM

Looking good so far.  I did that kit a few years back in it's a joy to build.  Might I reccomend the Tamiya DetailUp set for this kit - #12619.  The forks are beautiful.

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 5, 2021 8:52 AM

Tried posting a link to my build for referrence but getting 403 error.  If you're interested google Finescale Keavdog Ninja

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Saturday, February 6, 2021 8:48 AM

A little more progress this morning and yesterday evening.

 In order for a tad more realism I took a 0.5mm drill to the rear brake disc and drilled out the cooling holes (think that's what they are!) then sprayed up with some chrome Alclad. didn't turn out too bad (tho messed up one hole which you will see below about 4 o'clock)

 


Also got the wheels sprayed up and decalled out for the green stripes.

 

As for the tyres (tires for you guys the other side of the pond)......they have a mold line round the outside which I want to get rid of. As they are rubber I am not having much luck sanding them. Anyone have any tricks they use that can help point me in the right direction?

 

@ Keavdog, the fork kit looks lovely but I am keeping this strictly OOTB. Last ship turned expensive thru the AM so not using it on this. Sure it will still look good enough for me Wink

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:11 AM

Looks really cool.  I like building the occasional race car.  Bikes scare the hell out of me.  Tons of small parts and everything is visible.  Terrific job.

  • Member since
    April 2020
  • From: Central CT
Posted by xenon55 on Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:01 AM

Nice work Steve. In regards to the tyres/tires. iirc the last bike I built I believe I mounted the tires on the wheels, sanded the tires, then removed the tires to paint and assemble the wheels. I don't remember what grit sandpaper I used, it's probably been two decades since I built a bike, but I think it was something fairly course. By mounting the tire on the wheel it gives the rubber some "backbone" so there's less give in the rubber. Seeing your build started makes me want to build one of my Rossi RCV or YZR bikes.

Jay

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Sunday, February 7, 2021 7:02 PM

Thanks Jay. I was being too cautious with my sanding, once I used some heavier grit the seam came off.

Quick question on the Bridgestone tyre decals: Are they rub on or waterslide...........or something else? Tips on the best way to apply them?

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Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 7, 2021 7:31 PM

If I recall you place them and wet the backside until the release.  They look fantastic BTW

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2020
  • From: Central CT
Posted by xenon55 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 7:34 PM

Cool. Glad you got it sorted. I have kits that have the tyre markings but haven't built any yet. I did check some of my instructions and there is a section specifically for how to apply the tyre markings. On my Desmosedici it's in between the build instructions and the decal location diagram.

Jay

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Silverton,Oregon,USA
Posted by TheModeler on Monday, February 8, 2021 10:33 AM

You did it in 1 day?Holy cow!I'm doing my first model car,and it's taking me weeks(But probably because I'm Brush-painting LOL)

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

ON THE BENCH(My first ones):

-1:25 AMT/Round2 1969 Yenko Camaro(40% done)

-1:72 Atlantis Models Bell UH-1B Gunship Helicopter (20% done)

In the stash:

-1963 AMT 1/32 Corvette Stingray

-Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 "Hamp" Zero,1/76

-Atlantis Models BELL Firefighter "Old Smokey",1/76

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, February 8, 2021 10:40 AM

TheModeler

You did it in 1 day?Holy cow!

LOL....not quite that quick. Did the engine 1 day, frame and fitted another day, another with the wheeks/tyres. I'm furloughed so have plenty of free time for models!

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Silverton,Oregon,USA
Posted by TheModeler on Monday, February 8, 2021 11:10 AM

Yes,but that is STILL quite quick!

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

ON THE BENCH(My first ones):

-1:25 AMT/Round2 1969 Yenko Camaro(40% done)

-1:72 Atlantis Models Bell UH-1B Gunship Helicopter (20% done)

In the stash:

-1963 AMT 1/32 Corvette Stingray

-Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 "Hamp" Zero,1/76

-Atlantis Models BELL Firefighter "Old Smokey",1/76

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, February 8, 2021 11:38 AM

Quick or not, this is where I stand today:

Sorted the exhausts, Alclad Chrome then clear orange heavily thinned on the inlet end and clear blue on the other.


 

Earlier I did the tyre decals, front end a bit iffy, rear much better. first decal trashed (but luckily they give you 5!!) and I got better the more I did!

 

Exhausts fitted

 

Then the radiator, Alclad Stainless with Flory dirt dirt wash.

 

Also got the stand sprayed up as well.

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, February 8, 2021 5:56 PM

Nice heat treatment on the exhaust. This bike is turning out really well!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:00 PM

A couple more days tinkering on and off in the shed has bought me to this stage. It now looks like a bike 

 

Getting toward a standstill now as I am still waiting for the Kawasaki Green spray to arrive, am being messed about by the courier....grrrr

Plumbing is now in, just a few bits remaining before all the cowling stuff for which I need the paint.







Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:18 PM

Looks great.  These bikes in this scale are a treat for the eyes with all the detail.  Coming along nicely. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    February 2021
  • From: Silverton,Oregon,USA
Posted by TheModeler on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:09 PM

It turned out great.Can't wait for the finished look with the Kawasaki Green.

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

ON THE BENCH(My first ones):

-1:25 AMT/Round2 1969 Yenko Camaro(40% done)

-1:72 Atlantis Models Bell UH-1B Gunship Helicopter (20% done)

In the stash:

-1963 AMT 1/32 Corvette Stingray

-Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M3 "Hamp" Zero,1/76

-Atlantis Models BELL Firefighter "Old Smokey",1/76

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Sunday, February 14, 2021 4:35 PM

So, finally on the home straight. Got the green on Saturday morning. Paid for 48hr delivery.....got 9 days!!

Got everything sprayed up on Sat PM and then today spent a bit of time today starting to get the decals on.........not so easy with all the curves etc, but a good old dose of Set/Sol has got the first few down.

Will finish the rest over the next couple of evenings.

 




Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    February 2017
  • From: Hampshire, England, UK
Posted by Tubosteve on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4:08 PM

Here it is, all finished up. Was a nice easy build, just right for my first bike. Fit is typically Tamiya good. Although I have no idea what the detail-up kits are like I feel that this looks good OOTB.











 

Now then.........what do I do next as my meager stash is exhausted, maybe fall back on a cheap plane as I have a 'friend' who wants something for his house! Think the ubiquitous Spitfire may be on the cards  ​​​​​​​

Stay safe........Steve

Currently on the bench: Empty bench !!!!!

2021 Finished: Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-T XR-89 (14081),Revell 1:32 Spitfire Mk II, Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, 1:72 Revell HMS Snowberry (built as HMS La Malouine)

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:36 PM

That turned out great.  Nice job - makes me want to build another bike.  I have 5 or 6 in the stash Indifferent.

The only other bike I built was the Tamiya Ducati 1199 Panigale S.  Another nice one

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:17 AM

Wow! Turned out fantastic! Great job! 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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