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W.I.P. Kawasaki ZX-14 (Updated 8/24/12 REAR WHEEL & EXHAUST)

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W.I.P. Kawasaki ZX-14 (Updated 8/24/12 REAR WHEEL & EXHAUST)
Posted by corvettemike on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:50 AM

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I've been holding on to a few Tamiya bike kits for awhile now and finally I decided to try my hand at one. I really like the awesome looking metallic black/red scheme they show on the side of the box so that's how I'm doing it. Right now scanning Google for references and I got most of the basic engine glued together and seams filled but no paint yet.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, February 25, 2012 11:03 AM

The basic engine block has been assembled here. This is the first build in a LONG time I'm pretty much following the instructions to the letter since I'm not a bike builder generally. The block was painted in Tamiya TS-6 matt black and drybrushed with other tones of semigloss and flat blcks to add subtle highlights. All of the bolts were picked out in Testors 1/4oz bottle silver per the reference photos I found on Google. Typical of a newly engineered Tamiya kit this thing is flawless. I'm really enjoying this project so far! Cool

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I'm pretty sure this is the route I wanna go for body paint too

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Either like the pic or the metallic black and red version they show on the box.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:21 PM

End of the day update. I got the fitting on the front of the block installed along with it's associated lines I saw in photos. The lines are made from solder painted MM flat black.

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And the throttle assembly with it's cable were added

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Posted by Rmodeler on Monday, February 27, 2012 2:41 PM

Wow, absolutely beautiful finishes. lol on the smoking.

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Posted by corvettemike on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:18 PM

Thank you sir. Today was small progress as I just managed to soldier my way through the remainder of instruction sheet step 1. The fuel injector/throttle bodies assembly is painted in 5 different shades of metallics and semi-gloss black for a total of 6 colors all together on this small piece. There were ejector pin marks on them in kind of tight spots, but on further inspection I'm pretty sure they won't be seen once the cowling is installed so I decided to leave them. After painting I trimmed all of the vinyl tubing to size and finished up the motor assembly.

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Posted by 01jeepxj on Friday, March 02, 2012 2:22 PM

mike, I've never built a bike either but might try one-just don't which one. You're doing a great job on this-I like it!

My personal choice of color is the bronze (looks like bronze on my screen). By the way, I like yor engine stand!  Smile, Wink & Grin  Repurposing materials! 

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Posted by corvettemike on Friday, March 02, 2012 4:36 PM

I finally settled on my paint combo after much debate. Gonna do it exactly like this except all the areas you see red here I'm going to do a bright metallic/electric green like the bottom photo.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, March 03, 2012 12:56 PM

Just my luck I was about to hit the frame with final paint this afternoon when on the final primer coat it jumps off it's stand chipping up the wet primer and covering it in all kinds of dirt. As if that didn't make me send out a cloud of swearing over the neighborhood, on closer inspection two of the seams I perfectly bondoed had split open. I can't even bring myself to look at this thing right now since I had hoped for the engine mount tomorrow morning but now I'll end up delayed fixing this mess.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, March 03, 2012 5:16 PM

Afew hours in front of Forza 3 relieved the tension and I was ready to survey the damage which wasn't as bad as I had origionaly thought. The seams were reinforced with some thin CA and re-Bondoed then sanded down along with all the knicks in the paint having their edges feathered out. Some of the deeper gouges were filled in with a quick swipe of Bondo, then the whole thing was sanded down with 2000 then 3200 grit sandpaper and reprimed. So far so good and this time  learned from the foul up and secured the part to it's stand a little more securely. I also found a perfect photo of my vision for the finished bike.

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Hopefully the next update I'll have some good news and some photos of frame assembly progressing Cool

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Posted by corvettemike on Sunday, March 04, 2012 12:41 PM

Last night before bed I gave the affected areas a coat of Mr. Surfacer 1000 to try and even them up, then I painted the frame Tamiya TS-6 matte black this morming. All said I probably should have airbrushed the frame because of all the crannies in it but I felt too lazy to clean the thing. There are a couple of small scars that can still be seen throughthe black, but I won't fiddle anymore because it looks decent as is and most of it will end up covered by the cowlings, motor, etc.... I brush painted the front testors semi-gloss black. After a few hours under a fan the rest of the bolts and details I saw in reference photos were picked out with various shades of metallics.

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Posted by maroon_185 on Sunday, March 04, 2012 1:30 PM

Looks great so far, I just finished up a ZX-14 back in Jan was a really nice kit.

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Posted by corvettemike on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 12:43 AM

Not a major update but I got the motor permanantly installed along with a few other small pieces. Todays work also consisted of getting the swing arm painted, tomorrow I will work on the shock/spring assembly and the rear tire so I can get all of this mounted on to the frame. Still debating if I want to do the wheels in gloss black or electric green.

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Posted by krow113 on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:21 PM

Great work so far. Rims black -hub,spokes green. Or the other way around. Challenge yourself!

Thank You ; Krow113
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Posted by corvettemike on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:34 PM

Here is the swing arm painted and decaled. I think I may need to crack the rear brake calliper off to install the wheel though. It looked like I could get it painted easier this way, however there is a peg I think slips through the wheel so it was a little bit of a "should have followed them directions son" moment.

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The chain was painted gloss black then detailed with several colors and a wash of the detailer to add shading and a somewhay oily look. The sides of the clasps were painted a silvery/gold mix that dosen't want to show up well in photos. All the little buttons on the connectors were picked out in silver by hand.

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Then the chain was mounted to the swing arm...

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Posted by corvettemike on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:37 PM

Swing arm was attatched to the main frame with the provided screw. I took some artistic licence and painted the rear brake line fittings to look like anodized A/N fittings inplying it is from an aftermarket hop-up kit.

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Posted by corvettemike on Monday, March 12, 2012 11:55 PM

Small update. I've been kind of unmotivated (as I get on all my builds when it comes time to do chassis stuff) but I did get a little bit done tonight. The rear shock/spring was assembled and installed. All of the parts were sprayed aluminum them brushed with different detail colors. The gold areas are about a 8:2 mix of testors 1/4oz gold and silver. All hardware was picked out with a round toothpick and silver paint. The spring in the kit is black but I added my own twist by giving it a shot of Tamiya white primer followed by the same green I will be using for the accents on the cowlings later on. Hopefully by the end of the week I will get enough motivation to tidy up the rear wheel/brake disc, mudgaurd, exhausts, and the rest of the various pedals and foot rests along with the radiator so I can offically call the rear of the frame done.

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Posted by Rik_Biel on Friday, March 16, 2012 12:52 AM

Fantastic attention to detail.

I haven't made a Tamiya biike for 20 years....I like the green Kawas !

Cars and Star Wars, that's what I like making and painting!!!.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Saturday, March 17, 2012 9:39 AM

Really coming along and lots of detail...Slusher

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, March 17, 2012 9:47 PM

Thanks guys :) This ones kind of at a standstill right now, it's been storming quite heavily so I'll have to ride that out before I can get more done.

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Posted by DallasT on Monday, April 23, 2012 9:56 AM

Looks amazing!  I love to do a nice bike every now and then between cars and mecha :)  And now you're making me want to do another bike...

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Posted by corvettemike on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 11:17 AM

I'll be getting back to work on this soon. The draught of Tamiya paints along with family discussions of a possible move caused me to box it up. My shop still doesn't have the TS-13 I need for the body parts so right now my poor bike is in limbo until they get it.

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Posted by corvettemike on Friday, August 10, 2012 2:34 AM

With Tamiya TS-13 completely unavalible, I decided to use Testors products on my cowlings. That was a BIG MISTAKE! All body panels cracked up like a desert floor during a draught. I attempted stripping with awful results as some of the parts became irrepairably etched. In the end I ordered a new set of body parts from Tamiya customer service which arrived this morning. I'm also still waiting on 5 cans of TS-13 to arrive from the Orient which due to their being aerosol have to be sent via sea transport. I'm being told 2-3 weeks minimum it might be here so until then this project is on indefinate hiatus.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:45 AM

I got some momentum back recently after the cowl panel disaster. I procured a new set of body panels from Tamiya to fix that disaster and decided while I'm waiting for my TS-13 to arrive from Hong King I could assemble a bit more on the frame.

1.) The mudguard/body under side assembly. The whole thing was sprayed Tamiya TS-6 matte black and the reflector was simulated with a small square of BMF covered over with Tamiya clear red. The license plate is the kit decal cut out with a hobby knife and glued to the backing plate with white glue.

2.) I removed the rear spring/swing arm for final assembly. The wheel is Tamiya Mica Red over silver then cleared with what little TS-13 I had left in a can. The rear brake was installed then the wheel was set in place with the kit screw.

3.) Then the swing arm was permanently installed along with the rear spring assembly then I wired up the rear brake caliper with the kit supplied vinyl hose.

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Posted by corvettemike on Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:49 AM

4.) The exhaust system was stripped of it's plating and all defects and seams were removed. After a coat of scratch filling primer I sprayed the piped Tamiya TS-14 Gloss Black and after it was dry they were re plated with Alclad II chrome.

5.) A shot of the exhausts installed on the frame. They are held with screws which makes adjusting the fit very easy. I need to be careful with the frame from now on so I don't scratch or leave a fingerprint in the chrome.

Next up is the radiator assembly then as soon as my clear arrives from the Orient (it's been taking forever and a day) I'll set my sights on the front end.

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