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Richard Mcstay
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Yamaha YZR-M1 2009

November 22, 2016 · in Automotive · · 23 · 2.1K

Hi folks, this is my first build in the new house. I apologise for the backdrop wallpaper at the minute, I'll rectify this in time for future photography!

The bike is the 2009 Fiat Yamaha team MotoGP championship winning bike as ridden by our man Valentino Rossi. It is has an 800cc DOHC inline 4 cylinder engine to conform to the five year capacity restrictions from 2007. This was actually the last bike that Rossi won the championship on before moving over to Ducati. He has came really close to winning again in recent years since rejoining the Yamaha team, and has finished 2nd for three consecutive seasons. One more win for him will take his championship wins to eight, and level with Giacomo Agostini for most championship wins ever.

The kit is a 1:12 and was a fantastic kit to build. I built it completely out of the box for a change and I'm quite happy with the result. One great feature of the kit is the notable lack of glue required for the assembly. The parts are either screwed together or simply click into place allowing all the fairings to be removed after completion. For more info on the build, there is a work in progress on it over in the groups section. Thanks to all that followed.

Cheers for looking.

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23 responses

  1. Nice looking bike Richard!

  2. Nicely finished, Richard...Tamiya is known for their fit and accuracy, as well as ease of assembly. I believe this is the first time someone mentioned the fact that glue is used sparingly, though. Another nice touch by Tamiya. Great looking bike, sir...outstanding job!

  3. What a beautiful model. Cracking job, Richard.

  4. Excellent build there Richard.

  5. Nice bike nice scheme. Long live the goat. Better to live a single second as Vallentino Rossi than a whole life time as Max Biaggi that still cracks me up.

  6. Great build Richard, looks well sorted.

  7. Great job on a classic kit, Richard, is that really the first competition bike you've built? I just wish Tamiya would release some more modern Moto GP kits...

    • Cheers George. Yes it's the first GP bike, but I did convert an R1 into a track bike if that counts?
      I know what you mean there, they seemed to have slowed down on a lot of different subjects...

  8. Looks so realistic! Nice work.

  9. Thank you Robert. Cheers

  10. Yes good looking bike Richard, nice detail, well done.

  11. AWESOME, very nice Richard

  12. Absolutely realistic finish, Congrats to this stunning build, Richard !

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