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Evening everyone :analintruder:

I blame all this on Col :yes:

I'm a very happy chappy farting around with my bikes, either building them to what they look like on the box, or maybe a different colour scheme, but I've never gone the whole hog and built a custom bike of my own bodging design. There's been quite a few bikes going around the last few weeks, but Col's build of his cafe racer actually got me to the point where I want to give it a go. 

Normally I would immediately go to one of the oldies, either a CB 900/1100 or Katana or even a little CBR400, but no, I have to be a smart arse and pick something modern and flashy....


The reason? The R1 looks very sexy and exciting with its fairing off... (ooooh errrrr)

This should be interesting... :cry:

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22 minutes ago, Tolvcat said:

Streetfighter? Suit you sir :)


uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurm..... don't know yet Andy. Want to finish the Ducati first then concentrate on this, but still plenty of time to lookie loo :1562769345_laugh(1):

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I was tempted to buy a 1:1 R1, but didn't. Probably won't now, although getting the Fireblade back on the road is still on the bucket list. I digress, I actually have one of these kits and made a start but fancied the metallic blue scheme, couldn't find the paint, so it went on to the SoD. You never know, one day I might actually finish a bike model. 

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13 hours ago, Paul Brown said:

If only Tamiya did a kit... :sad:

Indeed. One of many bikes I also wish they'd covered

5 hours ago, Mad Steve said:

Oh nice Paul. 

Oh dont even go there with Tamiya, that list is sooooooooooooooooooooo long :no:

Oh yes.

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4 hours ago, Col. said:

Indeed. One of many bikes I also wish they'd covered


i find it strange as to what they dont do

i know in japan they have unusual capacity laws that restrict sales of bigger bikes but even so, why dont they do more of the popular 400cc bikes that they have there

the Blade was a very significant bike globally back then so im surprised they havnt

i understand the Harley angle which stops firms doing kits of them (they want a cut cos of copyright) but if i was Honda or suzuki or who ever id welcome a manufacturer in and help them do a model.......great publicity that you dont have to do much to get


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53 minutes ago, PaulTRose said:

I know in japan they have unusual capacity laws that restrict sales of bigger bikes but even so, why dont they do more of the popular 400cc bikes that they have there

Thats exactly the gap that Aoshima saw, producing the plethora of 400 - 750 kits. (And there are new ones rumoured for release this year, new modern tooling's.) Aoshima were coining it selling bikes that were on the road right then. Don't rule them out, their stuff is getting better & better.

It took until, what, 2020 before the GSX-R 750 was produced by Hasegawa, one of the most famous and bestselling bikes ever built. I'll put money down that Hasegawa will be the first to actually do a Fireblade. (Go have a look at the new RZ 250 from Hasegawa, seriously good stuff)

But.... the list is still growing :1562769345_laugh(1):

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Evening All :analintruder:

Right then..... 

I said I was going to do this so here we go :1562769345_laugh(1):

If you sit just fannying about and thinking about it, nothing gets done, so.....

First up, the bodywork. All of the rear bodywork removed 


The same with the rear section of the frame 


So I guess there's no going back now :1562769345_laugh(1):

Next up will be the exhaust. basically the piece between the two arrows will be removed, and possibly cut down the muffler too.


Thats the basic idea, now I just have to make it work :yes:

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On 2/1/2023 at 3:33 PM, Col. said:

Less thinkie thinkie, more buildie buildie?

Allllllllllrighty then...

I'm sort of having to look 4 steps forward before I start building stuff to make sure those bits are actually needed. 

None of this build is going to be what colour its 'supposed' to be.

Right then, we kick off with the Engine. LP Light Gun Metal, Gloss Black and Silver, all covered with Semi Gloss Clear



The biggest change, visually, will be the frame. Both it and the swingarm will be Matt Black.


For the moment, the tank is going to be shiny gloss Silver. That may change to Chrome Yellow, maybe, ish....

I'm replacing most of the thick rubber tubing with black braided line. Instead of trying to force the line over lumps the kit provides, I cut them off and replace them with a piece of dressmaker's pin, just looks better.


Thats it for now. I have no clear plan (does it show :analintruder:) so still lots of thinkie thinkie happening :yes:





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Afternoon Everyone :analintruder:

The swing arm bits and wheels are busy drying, so time to have a think about the Exhaust.

I don't want the Exhaust in its current layout, I want it parallel with the swingarm, so some surgery is required.

Firstly, the Auspuff pipe is chopped off. separating the down pipes with the Muffler. The Down Pipes are going to be wrapped in heat tape too. 


The recessed piece on the muffler is then removed to shorten it


What I'm basically looking for is attach the muffler straight onto the section of the down pipes, which sounds all well and good, but...

If you have a look at the picture below, I want to have the exhaust level with the white blocks on the bottom of the fairing, 


But it might foul up on the bottom of the frame and swingarm, so I might have just made myself a whole heap of unnecessary work,,,:analintruder:

Oh well, it's all fun and games hey. 

Some thinkies are required now re the handlebars and headlights. :yes:

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Oooooooh that looks nice, Andy :thumbsup:

That looks like a more modern R1 version, but hell it looks nice.

I'm not going the full black route though, but that has given me an idea or two, thanks Andy :analintruder:


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