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TAMIYA 1/12TH DUCATI 900 MIKE HAILWOOD REPLICA

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

Well lets jump straight back into it now the Fireblade is finished :) 

I had been after this kit for years, and actually only got this I think it was January this year. 

This is one of the early Tamiya kits, from 1983, so definately not as advanced as the Fireblade was, but man, its a Ducati 900 and its a Mike Hailwood Replica... woohoo :) 

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Only 2 plastic runners 

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and a seriously shiny chrome runner that wont be shiny much longer... 

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rounded of by the clear sprue, decals and tyres and bits 

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I'm going to stick the decals in the window for a couple of days because they are looking a bit yellow.

I've been looking forward to building this kit for a long time :) 

 

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it goes together with no drama but when i did mine the decals were gash so i ended up doing it in all over red and some spare decals from the 900SS i had done before it

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you might be better off spraying and masking the white stripe than trying to paint the red and green then adding the white stripe decal

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

I spent basically yesterday afternoon spraying bits and pieces and generally farting around happily building bikes :) 

I thought I'd get one of the boring jobs out of the way first... 

Obviously, Ducati decided to use Brake Discs with the MOST holes in... :) (Still two more to do)

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The Chrome runner is not being used as it is. Its early Tamiya plating and its LOUD and SHINY!, so its going to be covered up.

A nice alternative to redo your shiny engine covers is Tamiya LP 48 Sparkling Silver. Ignore the Sparkling bit, Its quite nice and shiny.

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And this morning I assembled the engine. This is old school Tamiya, (this is bike kit no 19) so, while the detail is still there, the parts counts is very low, (and because this is an Italian bike, it has 127 cables :)

The Engine itself is Flat Aluminium, Side valves are Silver and Carbs are Metallic Grey, All LP paints. Engine has been washed with a X19 Smoke wash.

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Thats about it for now, going to play with the frame now :) 

 

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That engine is looking lovely, I have to ask how big is the metal flake in the tamiya Laquer paints? as the acrylic always puts me off because the flake is just too big 

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8 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

the flake is just too big

The bigger the flake the better!

More chocolate. :yes:

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15 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

That engine is looking lovely, I have to ask how big is the metal flake in the tamiya Laquer paints? as the acrylic always puts me off because the flake is just too big 

Its negligable GH, a hell of a lot better than acrylic paint, just give it a good stir. 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

I was actually a productive adult today and cleaned the house and even made the Memsahib some Pumpkin Fritters for her lunch. (when I say made, I mean I heated up ones I bought from Woolies :))

Okeydokey then, moving swiftly along... 

Yesterday afternoon I sprayed the fuel tank and seat fairing TS8 Italian Red. I couldn't wait any longer, I need to see if the decals are ok.

The decal sheet was sticky taped to the kitchen window for a couple of days, and it actually worked, the yellow tinge has been removed :) 

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These decals are nearly 40 years old, (37), and if you don't handle them very delicately, they will shrivel up and die. Over the years I've built a lot of the old bikes and perfected my own way of dealing with them. There's one rule you can work by, If the decals are still in their little sealed bag, you probably have a good chance they will work. If they are in the bottom of the box and are turning yellow, probably not.

- Ok, just do one decal at a time, and don't leave them in water too long. This is where the shrivelling will start, oh add a wee drop of washing up liquid to the water.

- Most important, do not use any decal setting agents, nothing at all, just lay the decals where they need to be and press them down with something soft like loo paper.

- Once they are down, again, don't use any setting agents, press them down, dry them off and leave them. On these old decals, the setting agents will probably react with the clear film surrounding your decals and completely ruin them. 

- Leave them to dry overnight, and then give them a mist coat of TS 13 Clear the day after. Always check you instruction sheets first though, They will tell you if its not adviseable to use Clear over the Decals. 

Thankfully, the decals are behaving themselves, thus far... :) 

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Right, next up, Wheels... :) 

The wheels are are like an anodized gold colour

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Tamiya's X12 Gold Leaf is not the right shade of gold, so after you have sprayed to gold on the wheels, give them a coat of clear yellow.

Below shows that, top wheel has Clear Orange added, bottom is the normal gold colour.

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And lastly, I also got the frame and engine together... :) 

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Thats it for now :) 

 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

Little bit more work done today...

Sprayed the Clear coat over the decals and they didnt dissolve, yaaaay!

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And I fiddled with a bit of the plasticy stuff too and got the swing arm fitted...

Typical old Italian Bike, the chain is on the right side, they just HAVE to be different :) 

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I did a load of painting this morning too, so there's will be more building happening soon :) 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

Not much done today really, a lot of farting around and not really a hell of a lot of doing stuff :) 

Onward's then...

The Auspuffs were fitted...

I do not like plated parts and will change them as soon as I open the kit box, and getting them to a nice shine again is always a challenge. This LP 48 Sparkling Silver is brill!! 

Ok, its a lot less shiny in the Photo than it is in the real :( 

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And the bits for the forks were also ready....

I love these Ducati 900's, they look like gangly awkward teenagers :) 

This is one of the few bikes I've seen that you can fit the fairing with the Forks and Front Wheel already fitted. 

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That's it for now :) 

 

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Afternoon Everyone :) 

A bit more of an update...

Finally the bodywork starts coming together :) Firstly with the tank and front end

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Quick Tip for the instruments...

Put the decals in as per the instructions and why you've finished fettling and its dry, fill the dial up with clear varnish, makes it look like it has a glass cover over it :) 

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Then the seat fairing...

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and after a bit of a wiggle, the fairing....

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But I've made a stupid mistake.... The Ducati badge on the fairing isn't horizontal as it should be :( 

Not like I can do anything about it, so will just have to live with it :) 

Nearly finished now 

 

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Wow! Scrumptialicious!

 

The fairing 'Ducati' looks fine - just as though it's meant to be like that. If you hadn't said, I wouldn't have noticed!

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