Some news from the workbench.
Frame, rear suspension and engine have been assembled.
I first thought about replacing the steel screws that are used to connect the frame to the engine by some styrene scratch build, but gave up on that idea after a while. The screw connection was just too simple and trustworthy.
The exhausts are pretty much the only part of this model where some weathering can be applied, as the real thing is showing the whole spectrum of colours caused by welding.
The way Tamiya designed this kit, the exhaust parts cannot to be glued together, painted and installed to the bike, I had to paint the parts, bring them on, putty and sand them and paint them again.
All that was kind of nerv-wracking but at the end it all went okay.
4 attached images. Click to enlarge.