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. emotion-11
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! two-thumbs-up-smiley-emoticon
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.
mustang1989: I've been trying to add photos to my thread and can't access a single one. Just contacted imageshack about the problem. Will see what they say.
Mar 23, 2020 14:56:06 GMT -7
stitchdup: I'm in isolation for 12 weeks due to this nasty virus going around. I took 4 kits with me, paint glue pretty much everything except tools. hopeing to pop in to my flat to collect them later
Mar 26, 2020 7:04:58 GMT -7
Deano: I hope everyone is staying safe from this virus. My model building side says I could do with some time in isolation but my bank account says no I don't! Take care people!!
Mar 27, 2020 11:52:12 GMT -7
stitchdup: You too mate, this is some nasty stuff going about. I'm actually missing work already and sick of being inside
Mar 27, 2020 11:58:19 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm close to Iso. (what we're calling it in OZ) I'm in the Barossa Valley, you know where the big outbreak is!(thank you shithead tourists). I'm making a list of isolation jobs, got a heap of things I can do.
Mar 29, 2020 15:29:46 GMT -7
sharp: Yeah guys,I'm pretty much stuck in the house too.Thank god for this cool hobby we all have,at least we won't go crazy.Stay safe guys.
Mar 29, 2020 20:42:18 GMT -7
DeeCee: Can only go to work and back as of today, well, as long that still exists anyway, then having trouble logging in due to everybody working from home, DUD INTERNET
Mar 30, 2020 3:53:52 GMT -7
mustang1989: I'm still able to go to and from work and to the grocery store here in Corpus Christi. I've been hitting the bench a little harder than usual and taking care of things around the house that have been bugging the crap out of me.
Mar 31, 2020 10:56:57 GMT -7
mustang1989: Got some work done to my truck. I've been driving around for the last two years with no fuel gauge but finally had the time to lift the bed with my engine hoist and drop a fuel level sender in it.
Mar 31, 2020 10:57:59 GMT -7
mustang1989: My wife is currently out of work as a nurse in an elective surgery clinic. She wants to go to work in a hospital and that scares the crap out of me because we've almost lost her twice. Once to a miscarraige and the second time due to a brain aneurysm.
Mar 31, 2020 10:59:50 GMT -7
mustang1989: Just don't want her to push her luck for a third time.....
Mar 31, 2020 11:00:26 GMT -7
stitchdup: I can see why your woried mate,
Mar 31, 2020 12:15:21 GMT -7
leon: Still working here as our company has an exempt status.
Mar 31, 2020 13:20:15 GMT -7
DeeCee: VOTING POLLS are up everybody
Apr 1, 2020 1:27:21 GMT -7
coyotecrunch: What a world we live in, a lot of you all seem to be locked down. Unfortunately I am "essential", so nothing has changed for me, working every day, sure hope I don't catch this shit. Would hate to not be able to bug you guys every other month! BE SAFE!!
Apr 1, 2020 14:15:05 GMT -7
stitchdup: well the lockdown doesn't seem too bad now, its been hail and wind all morning
Apr 2, 2020 6:38:11 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm quite excited lads! I have about an hour left on model #2 & 3 for 2020. Hopefully post them on the other side of the weekend.
Apr 2, 2020 15:12:38 GMT -7
stitchdup: looking forward to it mate
Apr 3, 2020 0:17:32 GMT -7