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PostSubject: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 9 May - 15:55

Well, this one is a real challenge. I am going to super detail it like I have never done before on any other model. I have the Scale Motorsports CF decals, the Top Studio super-kit and the chain kit (yeah, build this chain one link at a time, about $40 too. I bought an already built chain for my mountain bike for $20). I also have the brass fork kit from Tamiya. I had the super-kit for a good few years, in fact I had it for three years before I bought the bike kit. I had bought it for another bike kit not realizing it wasn't the correct kit number to go with it. Then when I decided to finally build it I had to order the chain kit, I had thought it was part of the super-kit which it wasn't. I got it from Japan in 8 days. The fork kit was discontinued, but I found it on Amazon for $15 from some Japanese company that seems to sell just toys. That took almost 2 weeks. I also added Pro Tech braided oil line with hex AN fittings. So here are mostly engine pictures and a some frame shots.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 9 May - 17:04

very nice engine

look forward to seeing you add all the goodies to this one

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Wed 10 May - 4:06

X2 popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Wed 10 May - 4:18

I like!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sat 13 May - 12:04

Very nice level of detailing! Tamiya kits are good that way to start with and adding add ons really amps up the realism.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sat 8 Jul - 15:16

Here is some further progress on the bike. I now have the engine in the frame with the exhaust system attached. I had to find a new free photo hosting site. Photobucket now charges money to link to forums.





I hand wound those little springs at the joining seems.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sun 9 Jul - 4:23

Fantastic work.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Mon 17 Jul - 16:06

Looking great
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Mon 17 Jul - 20:43

Thanks guys. Here's a little more work. I painted the fairings. The paint is just Testors guards red with alum. metallizer.






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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 18 Jul - 3:22

Looks the business
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 18 Jul - 3:45

Great paintwork and fantastic colour combo.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 18 Jul - 18:46

Great detail work and the paint is excellent!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Wed 23 Aug - 18:56

Here is another update. Further along with some added detail. Started some wiring details and built the rear shock. Installed the brass fork too.









And the next challenge with this kit is building the chain, link by link. The two PE plates on the left aren't parts of the chain. They are parts to make an assembly jig for construction of the chain:
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Thu 24 Aug - 4:40

Brilliant work Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sun 27 Aug - 12:56

Excellent work! And that chain assembly kit looks intimidating but also like it will be well worth the effort.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Thu 31 Aug - 16:26

Great work so far. Best of luck with the chain.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Wed 13 Sep - 20:44

Here is some more progress. I did the wheels and swing arm enhanced with PE parts.



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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Wed 13 Sep - 21:49

Coming along nicely. I have one motorcycle kit with the Top Studio super details. How do you attach the smaller parts to the model(rivets, fittings)? That aspect seems quite challenging.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Thu 14 Sep - 9:07

Very carefully. I use CA, Future, other clear adhesives. Picking up those parts is tricky. I have a few very pointy tweezers. I also have some tool with a slightly sticky tip for picking up tiny parts. I use a magnifying lamp too. You should have seen what was involved making that sprocket. It's two layers for the toothed parts. Then there are smaller parts on top of that. It took a few days to make it. The rear disc brake rotor is an assembly of PE parts too.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sun 24 Sep - 14:23

Nice, nice, nice! The PE extras really add a whole new dimension to the parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 6 Feb - 21:49

Here's an update on my slow progress on this kit. I gave up on the "assemble link by link" chain kit so I put in the plastic chain. Here is a walk-around so far:









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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Tue 6 Feb - 22:53

  
Good luck getting this to the finish line Mike. Looks good so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Thu 8 Feb - 19:28

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sat 24 Feb - 14:20

Looking great!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Yamaha YZR-M1   Sun 25 Feb - 11:13

A beautifully detailed build. First rate.
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