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TAMIYA 1/12th HONDA CR250 MOTO X


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Afternoon Everyone :analintruder:

Got a gap in the work I'm doing for my friend, so may as well keep myself busy :) 

These Motocross bikes are some of the most sought after Tamiya bike kits and this was the first one released in 1982 and this is an original release kit. The CR 450 is being re released in 1st quarter next year :) 

Very simple kit, just 3 small sprues

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None of the chrome will survive :) 

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The decals were sealed by the previous owner and look ok. I had a look at them under a bright light and I cant see any cracking or wrinkling on them, so holding thumbs. Generally, the first couple of years bike decals are bullet proof if they were kept sealed.

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Literally everything, apart from the radiator covers, is red. Frame, Engne, Mudguards, you name it... and neither Italian Red or Bright red are quite the right shade (the instructions suggest a 1:1 mix of XF7 & X7 (Gloss and Matt red). So for a change, I'll be using this...

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Zero are excellent paints and are colour matched on the original colour. They are airbrush ready and dry satin, not gloss, so you need to give them a gloss coat. 

Right them, shall we start with some stripping and rubbing :analintruder:

 

 

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1 hour ago, Col. said:

Having had some experience of real size CRs the re-release is on the shopping list (you'll be pleased to hear Steve) so watching this one :thumbsup:

Me too,I think I've had a razz on 'em all except for the CR500.

These 250's are 45 bhp of great fun

They are all red too,they don't call 'em "Red Rocket" for nothing.

At last,you're doing "proper" bikes instead of all them ar*e up,nose down "Tron Iron"

you normally regale us with.

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1 hour ago, Miggers said:

Me too,I think I've had a razz on 'em all except for the CR500.

These 250's are 45 bhp of great fun

They are all red too,they don't call 'em "Red Rocket" for nothing.

At last,you're doing "proper" bikes instead of all them ar*e up,nose down "Tron Iron"

you normally regale us with.

The 250 were great fun and the standard 450 quite a beast but even that was calm horse in comparison to the wild 500. Scaring the living daylights out of myself on one then watching guys tear about on race-tuned versions was a humbling experience :laugh:

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I had just a normal XR 500 for a short while, that scared the daylights out of me when you popped around a car and opened it up to overtake 😁

(Of course I always drove at the speed limit and never ever did wheelies or any other such sillyness)

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4 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

I had just a normal XR 500 for a short while, that scared the daylights out of me when you popped around a car and opened it up to overtake 😁

(Of course I always drove at the speed limit and never ever did wheelies or any other such sillyness)

Oh no of course not Steve. That's not what those types of bikes were any good for at all :innocent:

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40 minutes ago, Col. said:

The 250 were great fun and the standard 450 quite a beast but even that was calm horse in comparison to the wild 500. Scaring the living daylights out of myself on one then watching guys tear about on race-tuned versions was a humbling experience :laugh:

Them 500's are good for digging a tattie furrow when they get on the pipe,just like a 490 Maico is

28 minutes ago, Col. said:

Oh no of course not Steve. That's not what those types of bikes were any good for at all :innocent:

Them XR 500's were a four stroke big thumper weren't they? like a Yam XT500?

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

Okeydokey then.

Had to sort of go 5 steps ahead before even starting. 

Just about everything is Red, but they aren't all the same sheen. The Bodywork is gloss, the engine and frame are semi-gloss. It may sound a bit pedantic, but it actually does make a difference when the bike is finished and it doesn't just look like it all the same colour. (Well yes okay it is....) 

Anyway moving along

Frame, and bodywork painted 

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Engine assembled and painted

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If you've never used Zero paints before, you should give then a go. They are airbrush ready and just need a good shake and a stir. There's 100s of youtubes that show how to use them, but in my experience I dial back on the paint and only paint in mist coats, building up the colour. Going full bore painting the colour in one go will result in the orange peel effect. Slowly slowly painty model :) 

The Engine has a couple of pipes need fitting on the engine, these were cut to size and aluminium tape used for pipe clamps. You can buy photo etch ones, which look brilliant, but I don't have any left.

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There are two covers over the radiator that need painting white. One side was perfect and the decals went on without problem (woohoo :)) but the other side...

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Dont know if you can see it in the photo, but the right hand side looks orange... thats the red plastic bleeding through, and means I didn't base coat it properly. 

I rubbed it down and re applied the LP Gloss White. 

Finally some actual building took place...

The frame and engine have been coated with Semi Gloss Clear, and I've started going a light was on the engine. The opposite side of the frame has been damaged a bit while gluing the frame together, so that is being repaired at the mo. Once that's done, I can paint all the bolts on the frame too. :) 

That's it for now. 

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thats it then for now :) 

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Right then... 

Kiiiiiind of forgot to post update photo's, so lets just leap right in. 

The paint on the headstock has been repaired already :) 

Its really not going together too badly for a 40 year old kit, including the decals 

Swingarm was painted Tamiya LP Silver. The wheels took some cleaning, and then painted LP Sparkling Silver. 

The rear tyre is another story. its a bit miss aligned and still needs a lot of cleaning up, I just find it easier to do when the tyre's on the wheel 

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That's about it for now though. More work to be done on the weekend 

 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

not much done as I'm busy cleaning up the front forks, but I did manage to get the exhaust and radiator :)

Still having a hard time cleaning the rear tire. 

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Basically the rest of the bike is painted and waiting to be put together :) 

 

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