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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

This is another of 's scale motorcycle kits, this time a road going . I originally set out to make only racing bikes, so this one makes a slight change. The ZX-12R was introduced in 1999 to meet the growing demand for machines capable of speeds in excess of 300 kilometres per hour. This was supposedly created in the image of a fighter plane, which, I guess, is not surprising considering the aerodynamics involved the cooperation of the Aerospace Division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. The power plant is a fuel injected 4-cylinder 1,199cc engine that produces 178 bhp. For details of the build please look at the work in progress in the Automotive Group http://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-automotive/forum/topic/kawasaki-ninja-zx-12r/?#post-4709.

For me, Ducatis are red and Kawasakis are green, accordingly it is finished in Tamiya's Candy Lime Green spray TS-52 with an overcoat of clear TS-13, which, I hope, gives it a 'scale' glossy finish. The photographs were taken this morning in the lovely September sunshine we are enjoying at the moment.

Thanks for looking, George

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41 responses

  1. And so well done George! Just beautiful. I have got to look into these kits more closely. I think I need one on the shelf.
    Just great!
    California Steve

  2. Gorgeous bike George. I love the graphics on this one. The shape of the headlights make it look insectile or waspish.

  3. George she looks like she is doing 300 km/h standing still. :0 Awesome paint job and build on this machine. Congrats!

  4. Lovely job, George. Are the dial faces decals? They look pristine.

  5. A stunning green meanie George.
    And you are right Dukes are red but Kawa`s are definitely green.
    Wonderful build as per norm from you mate.
    Well done George.

  6. Wow! Absolutely stunning mate! This is a perfect copy of the real thing down to the smallest detail. Are you sure that's a model? I honestly would have said that was real!
    The good thing with these road bike kits is they don't have to stay road bikes. They are pretty much a blank canvas to do whatever you want with them and there are some excellent decals available on line.

  7. Another fine bike you have given us George. The paint & graphics are outstanding. In a nod to Craig I have to say if I can control my impatience Tamiya rattle can colors give me much better results than trying to spray with a gun.
    What's next?

  8. Thank you, Al. I've tried to use your new user group again with this one, but didn't get very much response... I painted this one mainly with Tamiya rattle cans, and, sometimes, it's the only way you can get the correct colour, Tamiya are very clever! I must finish my French tank next for the group build, but, I think there might be a Suzuki in the workshop next.

  9. A street bike that does 185+mph. well if that don't get your heart going I guess nothing will..lol
    Beautiful bike George, outstanding finish as usual.

  10. Very nice mate, well executed and a great finish.

    Danny

  11. Nice clean build as always.

  12. great Ninja ! fantastic bike and fantastic model ! good job !

  13. The "Motorcycle Master" appears once again. I'd like to see how you've got them displayed (all in one place, I presume). Good work, sir.

    • Thanks, Craig. We've just bought a new display case to go in our living room for the models. They look pretty cool when they are all together. I will try to photograph them for you, but the case has a mirrored back and I'm afraid that all you will get is a reflection of me!

  14. Wow George! I thought was a 1:1 scale example from an advertisement! Nice job.

  15. George,
    You continue to hold me in awe. I am at a loss for adjectives to praise your work. Let me again just say this is masterful.

  16. I sure do like these motor-sickle models you build George, and the daylight pictures look great too.

    I believe I saw once of these once, ...I believe I did, not sure, it was definitely a blur about that shade of green though...keep up the good work!

  17. I think they make good models, too, thank you, Ralph.

  18. Outstanding, George ! Your shelves must be filling up, and each one, a work of art. Always just right !

  19. George you said its a kit in 1/12, looks like a "real" one to me 🙂
    Congratulations !

  20. Superb work, once again.

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