Building the 1/8th Scale Tamiya Suzuki RGV-L
There is something to be said about building out of one's comfort zone. I know absolutely nothing about racing motorcycles (and still don't), but I have seen some built here on imodeler and thought they looked incredible. So when I ran across one at a model show vendor booth at a very reasonable price, I took the plunge.
Let me just say that when I opened the box I was a bit intimidated at the complexity of this kit. As it was a used kit, my only concern was if all the parts where still there. Aside from the decals looking a bit worse for wear, the rest of the kit passed muster, and we were off to the races.
I found that if I actually followed the instructions, the building process was pretty straight forward and everything fit as it was designed.As the build progressed I continued to marvel at how much I was enjoying the experience. I like detail and this kit had it in spades.
As it turned out the only difficulty I encountered was with thee decals. Due to their age I assume, I had a lot of trouble getting the decals to slide free, requiring me to slip a knife blade between the decal and the carrier to get things moving. This worked pretty well with the exception of the markings for the tires which broke up when I tried to apply them. I will try to get another set from Tamiya.
The decal application took as much time as the actual build. The kit is designed in such a way as to allow the builder to remove the body panels to display the detail that is covered. I have chosen to glue the panels in place because I do not want risk damaging the model due to excessive handling.
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