Cheers guys. I thought long and hard about what to take on for this build. I wanted to get back on the 2CV Royale since I was really pushing myself on that one, but I didn't think it would fit in the rules because it is already underway.
Something I have always wanted to take on is a motorcycle. Never done one. This project will for sure push me with what I have planned.
Also, because of domestic "changes" I no longer have a garage so I sold my Piaggio scooter. This will keep the Italian two wheel spirit alive.
I have chosen the Tamiya Ducati 1199 Panigale S.
First impressions upon opening the box is "Wow!" These guys look like they really care. The attention to detail is crazy, and that's just the packaging. Never dealt with a Tamiya kit before. I am impressed.
All the trees are separated and in their own stapled bag. An extra touch is the small cowling of the bike is in its own bag stapled to the side of the box so it doesn't float around the box and get messed up. Class.
Upon looking at the kit itself, again I am very impressed. No flash, super crisp castings with super detail, high quality everything.
I will do my best. After looking at the kit instructions, it looks to me like I will need planning and concentration. Also, the detail kit has no instructions, just pictures of the bits in situ. Many of the pieces replace the
kit part and some augment the kit part. I will really need to pay attention to do things in the right order.
As an aside, I bought the detail goodies from macsmodeling.com He is a Brit living in Arizona. I found his website through a side door while investigating aftermarket chain sets. Turns out he makes his own model parts as well
as sells model stuff from around the world. Lots of motorsport goodies. He is a top bloke. If you look at the picture of the detail set you may or may not be able to tell that the front cowling to the motorcycle is bent. I tried to massage it
in hot water to no avail. I contacted Mac and he promptly sent me a new part. Class. I told him I'd like to mention him and his business on our forum and he said "Sure."
He also went one better and said that if any forum member buys anything from his site, and mentions the forum, he will give them 10% off for the month of January.
Like I said, top bloke. Anyway, check out his site. Lots of neat goodies.
First off, I got the engine cut off the trees and the nubs sanded off. This plastic reacts differently than other model plastics I've dealt with. It sands then pulls slightly leaving a wisp which must be super lightly removed. Interesting.
A super light touch is needed. The castings are so crisp. It really is remarkable.
Well, these guys aren't playing. Right off they have me building this small electrical component. I will need to stack all of these plates to make the component. I might need to make some kind of alignment jig so everything lines up correctly.
Wow right into the deep end. Oh well. One thing at a time, and just keep picking away at it. I will start on this tomorrow. Need a proper breakfast.
I have no idea what the kit and the PE was worth but you seem to get good value and excellent quality for your money! I'm really keen to see how this comes together. You have the right approach for this, lots of little sub builds then start putting them together. You've got this!
How do you eat a sub sandwich? One bite at a time.
I elected not to work on the bike today because the weather today was going to be 69F. I needed all the sun and heat I could get to finish the seats in the Accent. Supposed to get cold and rainy in the coming week. Seize the day!
I rented the Rug Doctor cleaner from Wal-Mart and did all the seats and got the interior back in the car. Yea!! I can call the car project done for a while and get down to what I really want to do.
stitchdup: No but it looks pretty decent, not sure about ordering from poland though cos that would be pricey
Feb 4, 2020 3:06:41 GMT -7
DeeCee: That stuff looks impressive, but a trip to Bunnings will get a good set up mate, and left over money for model kits.
Feb 4, 2020 4:37:07 GMT -7
mmthrax: I use old executive desks. Lots of drawer space and no clutter up top. They also lock to keep kids away from the blades, chemicals etc. They are also super cheap.
Feb 4, 2020 7:35:36 GMT -7
coyotecrunch: A bench set up like this would require me to be organized. Right now, I have my acoustic Ovation on the bench getting some new strings. Someday I will put away these guitars and start smelling the glue again, oh how I do miss those head rushes
Feb 4, 2020 14:17:13 GMT -7
stevet: damn you hit a sweet spot with the willys
Feb 4, 2020 20:22:46 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'll post up some pics of my new set up. I am the same as mmthrax, I use an old "Roll top" desk. and have a bunch of draws. I just use some old wooden wine boxes for paint storage, they work insanely well.
Feb 6, 2020 15:01:43 GMT -7
DeeCee: CONGRATULATIONS Mark, Joe and Mike.... BEAUTIFUL BUILDS guys...
Feb 7, 2020 2:22:01 GMT -7
coyotecrunch: AWESOME BUILDS GUYS - YOU ALL ROCK!!!
Feb 7, 2020 10:31:38 GMT -7
mustang1989: Thanks fellas.
Feb 7, 2020 10:56:06 GMT -7