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Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 5:58 am

This is the latest addition to my stash. A bit of an obscure subject, so I didn't think it worth trying to play "guess the model" this time !!
The Brach Morbidelli 125. Brach are more commonly known for military kits, and this is the first kit of theirs that I've got.

It's 1/12 scale, all resin, and beautifully detailed. In fact, it's a stunning kit. Probably the best bike kit I've ever seen.

First impressions. The box is sturdy, nice cover artwork too.

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Open the box, and it's very nicely packed.

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More later (It's the end of the lunch break !)
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby number1 » Tue May 02, 2017 6:05 am

Thats mean!
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 7:28 am

Sorry :oops:
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby steve131 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:32 am

Nice to see they use Tamiya colours .Are you saving the pennies number one :?:
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 12:11 pm

Hope I haven't kept you waiting too long. The colours are all standard colours, so you could you any make you like.

The instructions are hand drawn line art. They look quite clear, but I'm sure there will be some 'entertainment' along the way !

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There is a sheet of photo-etched parts. This contains lots of tiny parts. There are also chain links and Jubilee clips (cable clams) and numerous other parts.

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A nice set of decals.

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The chain is made up of inner moulded links, joined together with the etched links. You use something hot to melt the resin to form a rivet head.

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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 12:18 pm

The fairing is absolutely beautifully cast. It's very thin, slightly flexible, and not a bubble in sight.

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The windscreen is vac formed, as is the belly pan. The belly pan is incredibly thin, and I got a spare !! Might be needed as I'm not very good with vac formed parts !!

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Of course, there is a bag of random screws, wire, rod, tube, etc. It's also got the exhaust springs.

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The frame is a standard tubular frame. This part looks like it needs a bit more cleaning up than the rest of the parts.

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Wheels and tyres. The tyres are a lovely soft rubber.

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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Here is the tank, seat and main part of the engine. Sorry, but they are staying in the bags until I need them. Lots of small bits to get lost.....

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The radiator and other bits. Lots of other bits !

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Lots more other parts. Lots and lots of them !!

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The handle bars are a work of art ! The tape is perfectly represented.

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The exhausts are beautiful too. There are copper pipes cast into the resin so you get a perfectly round, hollow end. Needless to say, the weld beads are realistically represented.

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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 12:40 pm

Now for the killer, there are literally hundreds of individually cast bolts of various styles.

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There is even a thread cast on them !! Not that I'm going to tap the holes and screw them in !

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They do, of course, have the correct style head cast on them. Some of them are ridiculously small. I've seen bigger splinters !!

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Sorry some of the photos aren't very clear.

All in all, a beautiful kit. If it goes together and well as it looks, it will be a pleasure to build ! Really looking forward to this.
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 02, 2017 12:44 pm

I forgot to mention - they include a 1 piece chain and sprockets it you don't fancy doing one link by link, with no jig !!
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby number1 » Tue May 02, 2017 5:12 pm

steve131 wrote:Nice to see they use Tamiya colours .Are you saving the pennies number one :?:

Well Im blown away with the amount of parts and details looks absolutely stunning, well :mrgreen:
No idea about the amount of pennies I would need. Swmbo would have a fit :shhh:
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby casper » Tue May 02, 2017 6:51 pm

very nice looking kit Mark
all those screws and bolts :o and that chain will be challenging
watching with interest :mrgreen:
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby R2D2 » Sun May 07, 2017 8:18 pm

This looks like an incredibly complicated and very well detailed kit! Im going to be building a 1/8 Norton soon but even at that scale it doesn't look at well detailed as yours! Mind you mine is a plasic kit whereas yours is cast and etched metal! Will look forwards to see you build it!
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby R2D2 » Sun May 07, 2017 8:23 pm

PS. Good luck doing tthe individual chain links! Ive made the 1/8th scale Pocher 1907 Fiat racing car that was chain driven and each link was seperate! Mind you there was a jig so heaven knows how your going to make yours! Good luck! Just be patient.
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Mon May 08, 2017 12:57 am

Thanks R2D2. It does look challenging ! I'll start it after the Brough is finished
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby builder76 » Mon May 08, 2017 11:34 pm

Mark that's one hell of a bike. Iv`e done a few tank tracks in my time but the size of those chain links "wow. :shock: " Really fiddly. :roll:
However, The finished build should be really be quite awesome. :D
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Tue May 09, 2017 1:33 am

Thanks John, I've done a couple of chains before. See my RC166 and Brough Superior builds. However, this looks like the hardest !
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby snapdragon » Sat May 13, 2017 10:06 am

Good luck with this, Mark. Looks a nice kit with tons of detail. Too much resin for me!
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Experten » Wed May 17, 2017 10:47 pm

Mark, I wonder if the MFH chain would work? It's available separately.
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Re: Review : Brach Morbidelli 125

Postby Mark » Thu May 18, 2017 2:41 am

Hi Mark, wrong scale. That's 1/12, but MFH is 1/9.
Not sure if the Tamiya chain would fit though, and Top Studio do 1/12 chains. However, I shall try this one.
Making a jig shouldn't be too difficult if it's necessary.
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