|< The other half of the caliper was taken from Tamiya SR600. Notice the speedometer cable? Its glue to the axle and not to the fork.
<I blotch up on the lettering! I need to polish my skill on this one. The gold was from Tamiya paint maker. I eject some paint off it and painted the lettering using a fine brush. Guesses my hand isn't steady enough. The gold leaf did not turn out gold enough. Next time I'll use chrome silver and later a clear yellow over it instead of gold leaf.
harden properly if not when you start to polish (with Tamiya Rubbing Compound), the paint might get damaged.
All the chrome parts are treated to a coat of Tamiya clear, in the future I will be using Johnson's Future Floor wax, as the result is more consistent. The problem with Tamiya clear spray can (in my case) is that if I am to spray it thick, it will blur the chrome, the end result is a foggy finish. It can crack months later too! If I spray layers of light coat it leaves a textured finish, sort of like "orange peel" or egg shell texture. But sometime it works without hitches? I am at a total lost. Wash the parts before I spray? Yes, I always wash them before I undertake any spray job. So it's "Future Floor Wax" for me in the future.
Well so much for the Tamiya clear spray, the rest of the painting are a breeze as this kit doesn't needs lots of colours to paint unlike the modern Tamiya GP bikes.
The front end is very simple, for the brake calipers, I cut them off my spare Tamiya Yamaha SR600's and glue them to the stock caliper half. Other area includes a fully wired handlebar playing around with different gauge of fine wires. These are to simulate the various cables you will fine on a motorcycle handlebars: Electrical cables for the starter, lights and the various switches, clutch cable, brake cables, throttle cables and so on
Where is the rider:
As most of my bikes are built without riders, I did not build the touring rider and I sold it off at ebay. However I did retain the luggage but did not include it in these pictures, as I will use these luggages for my 1/12 scale "round the world tour" rally car project (still dreaming on