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Postby Morris » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:27 pm

Agree with WN2 - :)
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:55 am

Thanks guys, I think I'll leave it. The bolt heads are very small, and lots of potential for Mr. Cock-up to come and knock at the door!

On to the front fairing. Painted black and rubbed down ready for the carbon decals. It's not a polished finish, but flattened with fine Micromesh sanding sticks.

ImageUntitled by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

There are carbon decal for the inside and outside of the fairing. I've made a start on the inside, so the outside will get the least handling.

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I can't say it's an easy task, but it's gone quite nicely. I highly recommend the hair drier technique, combined with Microsol & set. A splash of the blue cap (I can never remember which is which, but blue on first!) and get the deal in position. Then a splash of the red cap, and start warming it with the hair drier on low heat. Not too much to start with.
Then more red cap, and push it down with a paint brush, work out where the decal should be. Not always easy if it's a contoured surface, like this is. When it's in position, a bit more heat, more red cap, more teasing down. It should be sticking in places by now. Cut the decal with a new blade if there are wrinkles that are large. Then they can overlap - as I did in a couple of places on this decal. Now more heat, more red cap, tease down the overlaps and round and sharp corners. They decal isn't going anywhere now. Make sure all the air bubbles are out. These can either be pushed to the edge with a wet paint brush, or if necessary, pierce the decal with the point of a new blade and push the air out.

The hair drier makes the whole process quicker and gives a better result. However, it's not very forgiving if you get the decal in the wrong position. The studio 27 decals are going on really well now.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Morris » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:19 am

those CF decals look a treat - I think I will try a scaled down version of you application technic on my B-17 bombs :D
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:43 am

Thanks Morris. I was surprised how effective it was. Mind, it’s not forgiving. When the decal is down, it’s down for good!
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby GrantJ » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:53 am

This is one fully loaded build with all the add-ons. It looks really good so far Mark especially the carbon fibre work. I know how tricky that CF decaling can be a nd how tempting it is to constantly want to smooth out the wrinkles while its softening :D :D :D
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:54 pm

Thanks Grant. A hair drier and soft brush and Decalset works wonders.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:37 am

excellent build Mark :clap: :clap: CF looks really nice.
I was thinking of getting the Tamiya Yamaha YZF-R1M but the CF decals are putting me off, not done them before and not sure what CF Decal goes with the bike.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:10 pm

That’s a really nice looking bike, and the carbon decals would really make it pop. Studio 27 do a set, and they don’t look too difficult, but there are some challenging curved surfaces like the front mudguard.

https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/vimuf ... hx07s.html
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:46 pm

Thanks for the link Mark, I couldn't find the CF on heroboy just the fork assembly and Zero paint set. Kit itself looks amazing. I also need some sanding sticks at various grades and some polishing paste. I watched a guy building the R1M and it was on a Motojig, have you seen the price of those things :o I have a better design made from aluminium profile and nylon blocks instead of black wood. does the company have copyright over the idea or its design because you can get full size bike jigs that are similar from different manufacturers. :think:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:48 pm

Mark wrote:That’s a really nice looking bike, and the carbon decals would really make it pop. Studio 27 do a set, and they don’t look too difficult, but there are some challenging curved surfaces like the front mudguard.

https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/vimuf ... hx07s.html

do they ship to the uk Mark, could get the kit etc also
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:50 pm

They do, but not sure if they’ll mark a low value to avoid import fees.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:47 pm

Got the kit, paint and fork assembly from Heroboy but only found one CF set on flea-bay, bit pricey :o and in Belgium
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STUDIO-27-1- ... 3008726623
sorry for the hijack. picking up lots of help from your build :)
I forgot to get Zero airbrush cleaner :roll: Does it have to be Zero?
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby number1 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:25 pm

Hi casper, theres an article in Aprils Tamiya mag on superdetailing the YZF-R1M 2005, I was, am thinking of getting one myself :think:
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby number1 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:15 pm

Oops a bit different, this is kit number 14105 Valencia edition
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:22 pm

number1 wrote:Oops a bit different, this is kit number 14105 Valencia edition

Ah the 50th anniversary ? nice :)
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:32 pm

I use Tamiya airbrush cleaner, and recently an unbranded one, both work fine, although the Zero paints don’t need much cleaning anyway.

I did treat myself to the Motojig at Xmas. I’ll let you know how it works, but I’m sure there must be much cheaper diy solutions. I’d have machined day be myself if I’d had my workshop tools available.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:13 am

The jig is a great Idea and works really well, so much easier to handle the bike through the build. Its the price that got me :o I would like to make one up from profile with nylon sliders but don't have the time at the moment (new job) so looking to make a cheaper one-go version solely for the R1M :think: :idea:
I didn't notice if the R1M had CF decals on the inside of the fairing, hope not :shifty: I would have to start with an easy part to get the feel of the decals
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:34 pm

There's a build of your kit in the Feb edition of Tamiya mag. Cracking job too, of course.

Is this going to be another BOTY entry? (He asks hopefully) It would be nice to see another strong contender.

My build is plodding along slowly. I had a week in the UK, and the carbon fibre decals on the cowl are taking their time. There are a lot of them! I'm also plodding along with painting the wheels. They are a bit challenging with the silver trim that needs to be hand painted. Then the green decal trims. Still, getting there slowly.

Got a few days business trip this week, so it's still slow going. Hopefully there will be something worth posting around the end of next week, although Laura and I have got tickets to see the Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong, so there isn't going to be much modelling next weekend.
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby casper » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:14 pm

Missed the February edition Mark :doh: but just got it off e-bay for £3.50 delivery free :dance:
As soon as things start to arrive I will enter into the BOTY, gonna be tough to do in the remaining months but will give it my best shot :)
congratulations on getting tickets to the rugby sevens, that will be some trip :)
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Re: Build of the Year: Tamiya Kawasaki H2R

Postby Mark » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:04 pm

Still plodding along slowly. The carbon decals are taking some time, and the wheel trim decals are almost done.
Got to tackle the cylinder head and ABS pump next.
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