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TAMIYA 1/12 SUZUKI GSX1100S KATANA

October 8, 2017 in Automotive

Well, this one is now complete. Although an older kit from Tamiya it was a good build. With the exception of just a couple of very minor issues.

Starting off was the usual engine build. Seems that almost all of the Tamiya motorcycle start off in this manner. Flash was minimal and it went together with almost no fitting issues.

Frame was next up to build. Unfortunately, this requires you to actually place the engine as you assemble the frame. It’s not that this makes it hard to do, it just leaves no room for error once the parts are secured together.

This is the rear swingarm assembly. During the build as well as after installation. Again it was typical Tamiya quality.

Here we have the front fairing, seat, and headlight assembly. Looks a little on the odd side as the forks are not installed yet.

The front forks were a relative breeze to assemble. Other than waiting for the paint to dry this was, believe it or not, one of the fastest steps to assemble.

I thought I would go with something a little different in regards to color. This particular gold is Krylon Metallic Gold. But be forewarned when using this type of paint. If not used VERY sparingly over multiple coats it WILL melt the plastic. But it looks darn good on the completed model. Which is pictured below.

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8 responses to TAMIYA 1/12 SUZUKI GSX1100S KATANA

  1. A most excellent build and presentation as is the norm for you, Harry….you certainly have this process down to a science. Very nice work ! 🙂

  2. Neat work on this “old” kit, Tamiya quality shows through. Very nice detail work well photographed, not sure I agree with you on the choice of colour, but, maybe because I’m accustomed to seeing them in silver. Whatever, it’s always nice to see a well built motorcycle on iModeler.

    • I generally go with what feels good on most of my builds. There really isn’t any one specific color for any bike out there. A quick trip to a motorcycle show about anyplace and you’ll see what I mean. Bikes are one of the last bastions where people really show their personalities in what they own.

  3. Nicely different in gold, well done Harry.

  4. I don’t know how you build them so fast! Nice bike mate!

  5. Superbe, realistic finish, congratulations
    Eric

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