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Postby Mark » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:06 am

Update time! Here's the wheels. The silver trim is painstakingly hand painted. The green decal trims are in two pieces on each side. These weren't as bad as some people would have you believe. Basically, I sort of got them on the wheel without wrapping them into a knot. Then laid them in position with a paint of tweezers. Finally, tweaking them to get the final adjustment. One tip. Line up one end with the tyre valve so you know where it is. It's not easy to see the join when you get the second decal lines up properly.

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Now on to some nano-engineering! Bolt heads on the air box!

Before!

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After! and close-up photography can be so cruel! The scratches on the corner aren't visible in the flesh, and the cock-eyed bolt head got pushed down flat. However, it's really difficult to see them in the flesh anyway. But I know they're there....

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More progress on the head next. Cylinder head bolts and washers, and plug caps/leads.... The carbon decals on the fairing are coming on slowly, but there's a lot of them!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:26 am

Nice work on the wheels Mark, those decals would stress me out :shifty: Can I ask what black gloss base you used for your CF decals.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:43 am

I used Zero paints gloss black, but have used Tamiya and Gaia in the past. All work fine, but get a good a finish as you can. Any blemish will show through the decal.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:18 pm

Thanks Mark. No need for clear coat?
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:17 pm

I will be giving the H2R a clear coat as I want a good shine. I think I’d coat them anyway, but that’s more out of habit than anything else.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:28 pm

Finally got some time to do some modelling! It's Easter, and the family are away in Beijing. I had a couple of days in Shanghai, so couldn't join them, but now have the rest of the Easter holiday to myself. Modelling, cycling (between monsoons :angry-banghead: ) beer, curry, Sci-fi on the TV, and more modelling. Nobody to drag me out of bed in the mornings either!!

Anyway, here's the cylinder head. Washers and bolts added, and brass tubes to represent the plug leads. They aren't strictly accurate, but near enough, especially considering they will be all but invisible on the finished kit. Still, you can't have an engine without plug leads. If I can do it on a 1/43 rally car, I can certainly do it on a 1/12 bike!

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Here's the head and injectors fitted. Not sure where the plug leads are going yet, so they're just left free for the moment. The plug caps are painted with Tamiya rubber black to give a little bit of contrast.

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Now for the bike modeller's bling, The front discs! They will be held on with tiny rivets, and the ABS discs still has the outer disc to go on. That's also held on with even tinier rivets. The final ABS disc is painted Tamiya rubber black, again, to give a little contrast from the front brake hub.
There are some 35 pieces in the front disc with the ABS ring, including all the rivets.

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The carbon decals on the front fairing are almost finished. Just two more to go round the air intakes, and they look tricky. I think there are around 40 decals, just to do the front fairing. Another 12 to do the winglets..... and I got out every single wrinkle!! Permission to engage smug mode Sir?

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The next task is to scratch build the ABS pump..... No drawings, just scaled as best as I can from photos.

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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:53 am

Coming a long nicely Mark. Watching with interest :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:04 pm

Making good progress at the moment. Here's the engine dry fitted in the frame. It fits!!!

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I really couldn't work out where the plug leads would go. I think there must be a wiring loom that isn't shown, or has been removed, on the reference photos I have. So I decided to tuck them under the air box/inlet manifold.

Here's some photos of the more or less finished engine.

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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:10 pm

Wow :o excellent work. coming on a real treat :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:46 am

My favourite bit of Bike Bling, the front wheel!! The chips in the black paint have been touched up! Those tiny rivets have a 0.3mm shank! Challenging!! I only lost one to the carpet monster. I thought it was 2, but he gave one back :o

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Here's the kit front disc for comparison.

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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:58 pm

most excellent, Mark!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby number1 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:55 pm

Morris wrote:most excellent, Mark!


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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby steve131 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:40 pm

number1 wrote:
Morris wrote:most excellent, Mark!


Here, Here :clap: :clap:

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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:46 pm

Thanks guys. Now on to a bit of scratch building. As I mentioned, the ABS pump is missing from the kit completely. Well it would be a shame to leave it off, when it looks like a bit of fun to build, and here is a reasonable reference photo.

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I've no actual drawings, and this is the best photo I could find, so I scaled it off the frame tube. I.e. I can measure the frame tube on the model, and measure the frame tube on the photo, so I know the relative scale. Then measure the pump in the photo and a little maths, and Bob's your uncle. That works for some of the dimensions that are parallel to the frame. I.e. I can get the height and width, but the depth is a bit of guess work. So, with a bit of measuring, a bit of guess work, and some various sizes of Evergreen styrene strip, and I came up with this.

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and a bit of paint, and it's not looking too shabby.

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However, the connectors gave me a bit of a poser. A thickish tube, with a bolt on top, but with a thinner tube coming out the side. So, I came up with a 0.7mm styrene rod, with a hole drilled in it, and some wire rescued from a bottle of Rioja wine. The wire is just under 0.3mm diameter, so a 0.35mm hole was perfect, and the wire was superglued in.

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Then one side of the wire was trimmed off, the rod cut to length, and glued in place. Then painted silver. There are only 3 of the four fitted as one is painted black for some reason.

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So, how do you drill a 0.35mm hole in a 0.7mm styrene rod? Well, it's not too difficult with a little ingenuity, and a simple jig. Take a bit of styrene strip, and drill a 0.7mm hole in it.

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Mark the ends, then cross drill a 0.35mm hole so it goes through the first hole. I got this right second time!

Now you can put the rod through the first hole, and drill through the second hole with the smaller drill. Voila! A hole right through the middle of the rod. Of course, the jig won't last very long, but it only needed to last 4 holes!

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I've still got to add the last black connection and the bolt heads, touch up the paint, and glue it in place. Then I need to work out how to connect the pipes. So we're not out of the woods yet, but getting there.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:22 pm

Awesome add on / scratch build stuff - i applaude !!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby royjess » Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:01 pm

great bit of scratch building there :clap:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Wed May 01, 2019 5:22 pm

Here's the ABS pump finished and fitted.

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Now I've just got to sort out the plumbing!!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Thu May 02, 2019 3:35 pm

coming along great Mark :clap: front wheel looks very nice. ABS pump is a great addition :)
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Thu May 02, 2019 3:55 pm

Thanks Casper
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Fri May 03, 2019 12:35 pm

The frame green colour against the various engine colours is striking - this will be cool to watch as you add more and more - great job on the SB ABS pump.....
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