Tamiya 1/12th Yamaha YZR-M1 50th Anniversary U.S. Inter-colouring Edition
For some reason when I logged on this morning I discovered that I could post pictures and articles again, so here goes! 2005 was Yamaha’s 50th anniversary, and they were determined to win as many world championships as they could. 2005 was also the year that the first US GP for eleven years was held at Laguna Seca. To celebrate, the team’s bikes were finished in a one off colour scheme reminiscent of the great Kenny Robert’s machines in the 1970s and 1980s. No 46, ridden by Valentino Rossi, finished in 3rd place, with his team mate, Colin Edwards, achieving 2nd. Valentino Rossi went on to win the riders’ championship, and Yamaha also took the manufacturers’ and teams’ trophies. Tamiya have released a number of Yamahas from different years and various liveries, and I think this one is possibly the most attractive. It’s a typical Tamiya kit, no real problems, and is supplied with decals by Cartograph. The only real modification I made was to drill out the ventilation holes in the rear brake disc. Thanks for looking. George.
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