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Richard Mcstay
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BMW HP4 Race

February 11, 2023 · in Automotive · · 10 Comments

Hola from Barcelona!

This is my recently completed 1/9 scale BMW track weapon.
I went for the pre-coloured version of the kit for something to pass the time after work on the boat. I gave the exhaust pipes a quick heat staining with the airbrush before I left home, and brush painted a few extra details such as screws and engine weathering. But other than that, this is how it looks straight out the box.

It builds up really well also. I found the fairings hard to attach on the Meng H2R, but that wasn't the case at all with this kit.
Plus my screw driver was magnetic this time! Maybe I just got a dud with the ninja.

The bike itself for those of you unfamiliar, is a 999cc track bike based on the BMW S1000 RR. It was the first production bike to feature a full carbon fibre frame, and carbon fibre wheels.
With 215hp on tap, the performance is comparable to a world super bike. BMW made 750 of them, and you can still find them for sale in the auto trader if you have a spare eighty grand lying around.

In all, a fun easy build. Not a cheap kit by any means, but it looks cool.
I'm tempted to buy the bare plastic version to go in the stash, maybe do a custom paint job when I'm old and retired!

I have just found an airbrush and compressor in the paint locker at work though… so maybe my modelling career isn't quite finished just yet!

Thanks for looking.

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10 responses

  1. Beautiful kit Richard!

  2. Looks good, Richard, I like the extra colouring you’ve added. Still working on mine, I’m finding some of the push fits need a lot of pushing and I’m scared of breaking something. I remember there were a couple of interesting model shops in Barcelona, but it’s quite a few years ago when I was last there.

    • Hi mate.
      Yeah there are a few good shops here. I’ve bought five new kits this month, even if they won’t get built for years.
      I found a few bits hard to push in as well and had to file them out a bit.

  3. Amazing result, Richard @richardmcstay48gmail-com
    Even on the close-up pictures it is hard to tell that this is a model, it looks very realistic.

  4. Amazing result indeed, Richard! Congratulations!

  5. A real beauty, looks great.

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