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Johannes Gerl
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Lady in Red

December 8, 2018 · in Automotive · · 9 Comments
This article is part of a series:
  1. Year of the Cat: Ducati 916 1/12 Tamiya, Part1
  2. Lady in Red

The Bike

Hardly every decade there's one that outdoes all the rest in terms of technology, design, innovation and beauty. Talking about these queens of motorbikes, the is one out of a view, in a league with the Vincent Black Shadow and the Honda CB 750.

The Kit

This kit is about a quarter of a century old now. Accuracy and design still are very good, but the elderly moulds create some serious amount of flash at places. The screws to attach the cowlings to the frame, innovative as they were in the nineties, today they stand out in a bit of a pert way.

The Build

After some aircraft projects with the focus on wear and tear, I'm back to glossy surfaces. I used Mr. Paint's two component clear to create the shine that we know from the original Ducatis. It performed very well, but don't forget that cleaning the airbrush in time is crucial. Some intermediate sanding between the multiple clear coats and eventually some polishing with Compound brought out that gem look that I was looking for.

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9 responses

  1. That's a beauty Johannes! Very nicely done.

  2. Me dan ganas de montar en ella porque parece de verdad...aunque llevo 30 años sin suvir a una !

  3. Ahhhhhh, found this historical document of mine, @redbaron:

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  4. Que belleza !.¿El paisaje es la Toscana?

  5. Beautiful shine on the 916, looks amazing. I had a Nighthawk in ‘87 (CB750). Loved it beyond words...drove that bike 80 miles in the highlands of Scotland with a huge rip in the crotch of my jeans rather than get off and change.

    • @dirtylittlefokker, have I a project for you:

      1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  6. Oh, Johannes...painted midnight blue, yes, THAT is a project. Now, where’s Amazon...

  7. That’s amazing mate! Looks real. Good to see it finished.

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