Honda Monkey 125 – Tamiya 1/12
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Completed this week is a fun little build that was a nice and enjoyable "Tamiya build", and a great break from the beloved winged things. Quality of the kit's engineering, parts' detail, and.. well, everything is the usual Tamiya quality. I haven't built a motorbike in about the same time it's been since I've ridden one, which is well past a decade now.. I immediately pick-up this kit at the local hobby shop, because I've always liked these little Honda's... and the price for the kit was entirely reasonable at ~$30 USD. It's important to note that while this looks like a kit of the original vintage Honda Monkey, this is in-fact a new model bike from Honda, with retro styling and modern tech, even ABS on select models.
So far as the build went, it only took about 2 weeks, and presented no problems what-so-ever. I painted it with a mix of Tamiya rattle primer (white on the tank) and Italian Red. Black Mr 1500 was used for much of the black along with Tamiya X1. Tamiya X-22 and X-35 was used where appropriate, and Vallejo and MM paints were used for the aluminum bits and for some other brushed on details. The red color, of course, does not match the gorgeous Pearl red on the real bike, which also has a anodized look to the front forks. This was my biggest concession with the kit, namely due for ease of build, anticipating that the results would still be highly satisfactory. Fit was perfect, and application of the vinyl hoses was a nice touch, as always.