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Aoshima 1/12 scale Honda HRC Dream 50 Custom PERFORMANCE BIKE SERIES 26/021378 1800Yen
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I have no interest in small capacity bikes until this little screamer comes along and infatuated me to buy the rest of Aoshima 50cc bikes: Yamaha RZ50 and Kawasaki AR50.

The Aoshima Honda Dream50 is of a modern tooling when compared to the RZ50 or AR50. For the Aoshima Honda Dream 50, 3 versions were released. Normal, Special and HRC, the bike featured here is the HRC version. Number 26 in the Aoshima Performance Bike Series - 021378. This kit retails for 1800 Yen. The other street versions differences are cosmetics and retail at a reduced price of 1300 Yen.

HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) is a very successful organisation with many championship under its belt. But I've never heard of this DOHC 50cc racer! Maybe it is popular in Japan? I want to make this bike much more racier and detailed:

1. 4 piston racing brake caliper for the front
2. Racing rear brake caliper at the back
3. Detail the rear shocks
4. Scratch built steering damper
5. Braided hose and Modelers' hose ends set
6. Fully wired and plumbered
7. Detail with Photo Etched (PE) bolts and nuts

Front end:
Racing machine requires superior braking power! But this kit being a HRC bike choose to use its original brakes? If I am racing this bike, I'd junk it for a 4 pot double oppose caliper. The original brake is a 2 piston sliding caliper type Honda loves to use, powerful but it is just simply not racy enough!

The new brake calipers are resin casted from master made from Tamya Honda VFR750R (RC30)'s. Here the front end received the usual AN fittings, braided hose and drilled brake discs. PE bolts and nuts were used on the axel to improve its scale details. Simply super glue a big PE hex-bolt head onto the screw that was used to secure the front wheel. You have to file the screw head flat first.

< Top: Rear brake caliper.

<Above: The completed rear wheel assenbly.

< Detailing of the fuel tank and vent hose to a scratch built valve. Notice the strap added to the catch bottle and the steering damper too?

Rear end:
This kit rear shock is a disappointment. Being a modern tooling, I'd expect that the shock to comes with real metal spring. Instead, its moulded as one complete unit

So "unreal"!

Out comes my saw and after a bit of planing and getting all tools & materials ready, I begin scratch building my own shock body and wind my own springs.

< The finished rear shock.

< Take notice of the improvement made with the use of PE details to simulate the fastners.

The rear end feature two oval plates for the racing numbers. Phoro Etched (PE) screw heads from Scale Motorsport were used.

Other area treated to these PE details are the handle bars, tachometer mount, wheel axels, triple clamps (top yoke), steering dampers, to name a few.

Body & Engine:
Not much as this bike is almost skeletal in design. There are only three oval panels that make up most of its bodywork.

Thus I concentrate on the engine to bring out the best in this kit. The engine is an easy built without any problems. But I thought the HRC logo on the engine case is out of scale. It looks too thin to be "authentic" HRC item.

I use the box art as reference to add details like wirings and trace the routing of all the cables and tubes. I scratch-built a clutch lever and added fine wire to the clutch cable. This dramatically improves the details compared to the "all-in-one" moulding of the original kit

PE details for these areas. To get the clear fuel vent tubes to conform to shape, a thin wire was inserted >

Other stuff:
Actual race bike's wirings are neatly tie up with cable ties and I choose to simulate this using the thinnest available pal card from Tamiya and cut them to strips. Using super thin liquid cement to "bend" these strips in place at the same time bonding them. Mistake! It proves difficult, should have used paper and white glue instead!

< Notice the fine wires added to the clutch and throttle area to resemble the wired cables of the real bike?

Hindsights?:
If I was to build this bike again, I'll scratch built the wheels. The spokes are just too thick.! Take a look at this website, Edgardo Rivera's "The motorcycle modeler" He clearly have a way to scratch build spoke wheels to achieve more realism! Well at the time of writing, I've ordered the Dream 50 Special version from www.hlj.com, maybe I'll do the spoke wheels for this kit.

If you got any questions feel free to email me at: modelmotobikes@yahoo.com.sg
























































































































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