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TAMIYA 1/12TH DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP4 (FINISHED)


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Afternoon Everyone :analintruder:

I feel like something a bit more racy for the next build and I think this will do nicely...

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2004 Ducati Moto GP bike, with decals for Troy Bayliss & Loris Capirossi. If the bike looks a bit bare and plain, its because there's two huge fag decals on the fairing that aren't included in the kit, as seen in the pic below.

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I'm not going to stress about the Malboro decals, not that much of a biggie.

Been a while since I've built a Moto GP bike, so should be fun :yes:

Ok then, the bits inside...

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And that's it. A pretty simple kit really but because of its design, quite an interesting one.

The only real issue I see is the front mudguard has a white decal on it. I might save myself the swearing and just paint it on :) 

For a bit more excitement we have these too:

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On the left we have the metal front fork set, and next to it a photo etch rear stand. A bonus with the stand is that it has additional decals for you to make the 2005 Bike instead. Just a few extra decals but the main ones are the Bridgestone Tyre logo's instead of the Michelin on the 2004 bike.

Well this should be a laff then hey :w00t:

 

 

 

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Not done much except lots of painting :w00t:

This is the extent of the frame

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Rather than the normal solid frames most bikes have, into which the engine is fitted, these are stressed frames, this section is bolted onto the engine, as well as the swingarm. 

If you look carefully at the rear of the frame there are 4 bolts that need glueing into the frame. This is, as on the real bike, where the whole bodywork is bolted on. 

Thats it for now. 

Literally watching paint dry :sleeping:

 

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Yep, they had a long standing license with Ducati going back to the 80s. 

Theres a second version, the 2006 D'antim Pramac GP4 thats still available, and with the decals in the fork set you can build the 04, 05 and 06 

Theres also the 888 world superbike as well...

Just by the by... Tamiya is releasing the 2020 Suzuki GSX RR moto gp champion bike in December 😁

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1 hour ago, Mad Steve said:

Yep, they had a long standing license with Ducati going back to the 80s. 

Theres a second version, the 2006 D'antim Pramac GP4 thats still available, and with the decals in the fork set you can build the 04, 05 and 06 

Theres also the 888 world superbike as well...

Just by the by... Tamiya is releasing the 2020 Suzuki GSX RR moto gp champion bike in December 😁

drool!

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Afternoon Everyone :analintruder:

A bit of building happened today...

Engine assembled, quite an easy one. Painted LP Aluminium and given a XF Smoke wash. 

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Headstock all painted up and pretty looking :) 

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and lastly, the frame was painted up TS 49 Bright Red

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And thats it for now :) 

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Just a quickie update...

2 days of painting is basically 20 minutes of assembly :) 

Im not worried about the jointline on the airbox, because you cant see it anyway, and the forks are not the ones I will be using for this build...

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Onwards then, more painting :P 

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Afternoooon Everyone :biggrin:

Was strangely overcome by 'Do sweet FAness' this morning, so I sat teaching my dog how to build models :) 

Mostly building today as like half the bike is already painted...

Bottom set of Auspuffs fitted...

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Then the tank and seat fairing are screwed on... (the seat covers that whole joint line :))

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and the the upper Auspuffs are fitted...

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and lastly, the radiator and its piping added... (still needs a black wash) 

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Thinking three steps ahead, the forks and front wheel are next so the red piping on the wheels need to be done. 

This is something you should not do if you are in any kind of a mood. Its three curved decals that fit into a groove under the lip of the wheel.

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I was so pleased with how that turned out, brilliant.... until I realised I'd done rear wheel instead of the front....

Oh well, smile and walk forward :thumbsup::yes:

 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

Memsahib decided this morning that she was going to sort out all her hobby sh stuff, so I did what any good husband would do and stayed the hell away... :w00t:

Anyhoo...

I decaled the right wheel this morning and left it to dry off while I got on with the front forks...

This is the Metal Front Fork update set for the Desmo.

The only way to get a proper metal finish is to use proper metal :) (only the bottom piece of the forks are plastic)

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And that's where the fun ended for a while.

Because the Desmo doesn't have a rigid frame, the way of going about building is a bit frack to bont. Not good when you have some very delicate parts.

The Fork Head (stop tittering at the back) is fastened underneath of the head stock, not on top as is normal, so actually trying to get everything lined up properly is not easy, or much fun. After snapping off the left hand handlebar thingie, I put every down and I went for a walk in the garden, made some coffee and started again.

I removed the handlebars, and built the forks up the normal way but still being able to fasten it underneath. Wheel on next, mudguard and brake calipers and wallah... 

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moving now onto the rear suspension and swing arm :) 

 

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2 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

Oh they are, just the way they suggest putting them together isnt neccesarily the best way of doing it 😁

Are you trying to tell us you read the instructions!?! :blink:

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