With the Sukhoi waiting for my usual clear coat blues to go away, I had some time to start with the engine of the Du-cat-i.
Given that this kit was released 20 years ago, the moulding quality is quite impressing. Like in reality, the crank case of the model is divided vertically. Unlike in reality, however, the cylinders are casted in one piece with the crank case meaning that the connection surfaces to intake and exhaust system need some attention to be levelled properly.
The clutch actuator was neglected entirely by the kit designers and the according hydraulic line is attached to a horizontal pin perpendicular to the longitunal axis of the bike. Not good. A scratch built actuator solved the problem.
This kit has many high points, e.g. the Ducati letters at different places of the engine, but the whole airbox and intake system was not Tamiyas finest hour. Especially the injectors are rather a product of phantasy. Removing the locator pins made sure that the connection plates could be thinned down to a more realistic size and some scratch building of the fuel hoses and electric plugs will hopefully make the whole area look reasonably busy.
8 attached images. Click to enlarge.