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Joan’s Suzuki

July 25, 2022 · in Automotive · · 19 · 1K

After a gap of a couple of years released another scale model, this time the Team Ecstar GSX-RR ‘20.

About the bike: to quote Tamiya's info - in 2015 Suzuki made a welcome return to Moto GP racing after an absence of three years. The GSX-RR is a compact masterpiece of handling and cornering on account of its innovative frame. The 1,000cc water-cooled four-stroke DOHC inline-four engine outputs over 240PS. The exhaust is an Akrapovic 4-into-2-into-1-into-2 with dual megaphone tailpipes features welded honeycomb end plates (more about those later). Aerodynamic featured, including winglets, help to reduce the tendency to wheelie.

About Joan Mir:

born on the Spanish island of Mallorca in 1972, Mir came up through the ranks of Moto 3 and made his Moto GP debut full time in 2019 with Suzuki, having ten top 10 finishes and a best result of fifth in Australia. 2020 was to become his best year. After a slow start of two retirements in the first three races, he became a model of consistency after the Czech GP. Four podiums in the next five races launched his championship title bid. Mir kept producing the goods to take the championship lead with podiums in the Aragon Double. His maiden victory came with a commanding performance in the European GP, and the championship was decided with seventh place in the Valencia GP, following in the footsteps of fellow Mallorcan, Jorge Lorenzo. 2021 and 2022 have been relatively disappointing, especially with Suzuki announcing their withdrawal from the championship at the end of this year.

About the kit: this is currently the latest release in Tamiya's 1/12 series of motorcycle kits, and is well up to their usual standards. I would recommend following the instructions closely, especially when optional parts are used to decide whose machine you have chosen to model, Tamiya provide markings for three riders and leg grips differ as well. The transfers are quite complex and must be put on in the correct order

I spent some time drilling out the cooling holes in the brake disc and sanding down the tyres to try and eliminate the seam in the middle .
My QA assistant spotted at least two problems, the first being a mashed up transfer on the LH lower cowl , and that one of the etched exhaust end plates was missing . To fix that problem I replaced both end plates with the standard mounded items included in the kit. To my eyes, with a little bit of weathering, they look better than the optional etched ones.

Here are some pictures showing a little of the build sequence

And a few of the completed model
Thanks to iModeler for an excellent site, and thanks for looking, happy modelling.
Thanks for looking and happy modelling.
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19 responses

  1. This is a wonderful model, George! For sure the Tamiya kit is great, but it takes your skill to come up with such wonderful result!

  2. Wow, George, you surely are blessed to have an assistant who pays such intense attention to details. Cool.

  3. Very good work and a great result.

  4. Great job on what looks like a complicated model.

  5. Very nice result, George @chinesegeorge
    From the pictures it looks like to be a real bike.
    Well done.

  6. Top work George! ?

  7. That turned out incredible, George. The detail work on the brakes/wheels looks 1:1 scale.

  8. Thanks very much, John @j-healy, I think that’s one of the advantages of 1/12 scale.

  9. Hi mate, It’s been a while!
    Lovely bike!
    I’ve got the kit myself and the carbon fibre decals ready to go.. but I’m just not finding the time for modelling at the minute, working away and all that.
    Cracking job on it though! I still remember ten years ago when I joined this site and you won model of the month with your Desmosedici.
    I’ve got that kit half assembled at home now as well!
    Hope you are good anyway mate.

  10. Hi Richard @richardmcstay48gmail-com, good to hear from you and thanks for looking. Glad to hear you’re keeping busy in these troubled times. The Suzuki went together easily although I’d recommend applying the transfers after you’ve attached the cowlings as some of the markings stretch across more than one panel. I still have my prize-winning model in pride of place in the display cabinet. I found some other after market transfers for the Suzuki, and I see on Scalemates are doing a Superleggera, there’s no end to it.

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    • Hi mate, indeed times are worrying..

      I went for a different strategy in the end, I’m working on a yacht. It’s more of a lifestyle than a job. I still have my modelling set up at home but I’m never there!

      I have a shelf full of semi built, unpainted kits!

      I’ve finished the pre-painted Meng H2R but didn’t get a chance to take photos before I left for work again. I can’t paint at work so got that one just to stay occupied at sea!

      Same advice with that.. the side fairings were really hard to attach. I think if I’d airbrushed it myself I would have ruined the finish trying to attach them.

      That’s the first I’ve seen of the V4 kit mind! I need that in the stash, although I think it won’t get built now till I retire!

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