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Honda Monkey 125 – Tamiya 1/12

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 '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.

Again this was a very enjoyable build of a mighty little "pocket-bike". Once I have completed another 1/12 scale bike, I'll show you just how small this little bike is.

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15 responses

  1. Looks like the Honda 50 my brother and I had back in the 1970’s. Good times. Cool build!

  2. An amazing job, Andrew!
    I recently bought the Tamiya Suzuki Katana model, really looking forward to build it, since, like in your case, It will be a pleasant break from the beloved planes.
    Looking forward to your next motorcycle build!

  3. You can't kid me! That's a real one!

    Super-nice work, @pb_legend.

  4. That darn bike looks real Andrew. Job well done.

  5. You took the words right out of my mouth with this post, Andrew, I've only recently completed the same model myself, hope you don't mind if I post my version very soon. It really is a terrific little kit, well up to Tamiya's standards, and you've made a great job of it. Definitely liked, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your motorcycles here.

  6. That's super cool!

  7. Wow Andrew, that looks so real, well done, what a great build, I need to go buy one of those now.

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