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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:34 pm

great recovery, Mark - I really like watching the two bike builds - very realistic....plus I do like the green frame as I mentioned....it's an eye catcher...
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby number1 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:29 pm

As morris said great recovery, been looking at getting the Meng precolourd version if I can find one at a reasonable price, cheating I know :lol:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:26 pm

Would never have guessed, great recovery mark
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:53 am

Evidence !

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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:49 am

I've not comment much on this, but this is coming along nicely. I'm not familiar with this bike, so I haven't notice the mistakes or have any knowledge on what is fitted incorrectly. I'm watching with interest and looking forward to seeing this completed. Doing a great job so far Mark :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:58 am

Ah yes all becomes clear now :) that chain looks amazing as does the bike, super job Mark :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:08 pm

Oh, this is shocking, but I seem to have sprung back into the build.

Remember the front forks looked like this on the first attempt?

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I had another go and did much better this time. I painted the black first, which is a few drops of Zero semi gloss black (which is blacker than the gloss black) in gloss clear. I went a little heavier this time to get a darker black. However, the metal of the polished ally still shows through.
Then I masked, gave it a coat of Zero metal primer, which seems to work very well, and then Tamiya titanium silver.

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Here's a close-up.

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Much happier with this attempt :D
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:22 pm

Still making slow but steady progress. The rear brake pipe is finally fitted. This took much longer than anticipated. The cable fixing points were too thick to allow the swing arm cover to fit properly, so out with the clippers, files and knives, and eventually I beat it into submission.

The ABS sensor cable is there as well. I didn't connect the pipes to the pipes from the ABS pump in the end, as they are hidden by the seat frame and can't be seen at all. It was going to be very difficult to get right as well, so I stopped them where the seat frame started.

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Now I can get the back wheel on as well. This didn't want to go on either. There seemed to be a step inside the axle hole which was just stopping the wheel going on. The axle is exactly 4mm, but I didn't have a 4mm drill bit. We don't have DIY shops in Hong Kong either, so I ended up sanding it out with some rolled up sandpaper.

The outer hub, silver grey coloured with the silver raised lines, was also a pain. The instructions say to paint it gunmetal, and them put a decal on for the raised silver lines. The gunmetal was way too dark and the decal went all skew wiff! So, it got stripped, repainted silver grey. A mix of light grey and flat aluminium. The raised lines were added by hand. Came out much better second time. Then it wouldn't sit on the sprocket properly. The spigot broke while I was trimming it, and it took a bit of scraping and fettling to get it to fit even then. What a pain in the neck....... That was most of the weekend gone!!

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Now on to the front forks. These went better (at last..... something went right!)

All superglued together, and a drill through the axle holes to ensure everything is aligned. The fork bottoms are cut from the kit forks. I hole drilled, then they can be glued on to the ally aftermarket forks. Now it's assembled, I can start super-detailing the forks and calipers. Mainly adding/replacing bolts, replacing the brake pipe unions, etc.

I'm really pleased with the black nitride finish to the fork sliders. I've since learnt that it's actually called a diamond like carbon finish. Apparently it's virtually black in real life. However, the gloss varnish with the bit of black in it, over the polished ally gives a great effect. High gloss and metallic, but not at all like a metallic paint. Quite different from the semi-gloss black of the fork bottoms.

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So, what's next. Well, the exhausts are in the process of being painted. The rad is more or less finished, but needs work on the pipework. The tank and fairing parts are being painted.
I hope I can get it finished by the deadline. It will be touch and go!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:24 pm

Everything looks so realistic - alright! Fess up! It's a shrink ray! :think:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:41 pm

Coming along nicely and looking really good, realistic detail :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:43 am

Morris wrote:Everything looks so realistic - alright! Fess up! It's a shrink ray! :think:


Damn! I’ve been rumbled :laughing-rolling:

Thanks guys, you’re too kind. It’s been fighting me recently, but hopefully it will start going easier now. No great dramas with the forks..... yet......
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:15 pm

Doing an excellent job Mark
The black nitride diamond like carbon finish looks really good, does it have the metallic look to it with it having the name Diamond like. Love all the extras Mark, the brake line looks perfect and that chain looks amazing, love the green frame and turbo. very tidy build :text-bravo:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:10 pm

Still adding detail to the front forks, although they are coming on nicely. I've also finally got some chrome on the exhausts.

I slipped up slightly by painting the exhausts with the black gloss before adding the spring hangers. However, it wasn't the end of the world to give them another coat.

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The mounting bracket was thinned down to make it look more realistic. I should have done that before painting too :doh:

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Here's the complete exhaust ready for its final coat of black, then chrome.

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Finally, with the Xtreme Metal Chrome.

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Now it needs a couple of days to cure, then a bit of heat staining.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:15 pm

The cooling pump is ready too. This needed pipe bands fitted, and a few bolt heads. No 11 blade for scale.

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fHere's the complete part, ready for installation.

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Finally, a gratuitous shot with both wheels fitted. I couldn't resist.

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The stand is worth its weight in gold. Makes it really easy to work on the bike without risk of scratching, scuffing or damage.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:36 pm

:o :o :clap: wow!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:45 pm

8-) Superb :clap:
the extreme metal chrome looks amazing and is now on my ever-growing shopping list :whistle:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:14 pm

Thanks guys. The Xtreme Metal gives a fantastic finish, but only if the black base is absolutely perfect. I didn’t do so well on the insides of the exhaust, but those areas will be hidden anyway. :shhh: :shhh: :shhh:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby number1 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:00 pm

Hi Mark, you've just answered my question which was going to be about the stand, on the look out for one now!
The bike doesn't look too bad either :laughing-rolling: seriously, it looks stunning I'm well :mrgreen:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:53 am

Looking superb Mark, coming along nicely :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:59 am

Remember the oil cooler, which is the Hobby Design etched assembly? (viewtopic.php?f=199&t=8711&start=20#p158624)
Well, that needs plumbing in. You have to work it out for yourself as it's not mentioned in any instructions. HD instructions are OK, but not going to win any prizes!
One pipe collects to the water pump, and the other to one of the radiator pipes. In this photo you can see the pipe that tees into the rad pipe.

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Here's the pipe that goes into the water pump. I used the Tamiya brake cable black pipe, which looks about right to me. I inserted some 5A fuse wire so the pipe could be bent to the right shape and would stay put.
You can also see the brass pin I've added to the radiator pipe. Tamiya leave it without the usual plastic pin, probably because it will make it harder to get the rad in place.

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The Top Studio detail set includes a nice exhaust insert. A right so-n-so to bend though!

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Looks like this when fitted.

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