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Starting the Tamiya Honda RC166 - wish me luck!

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Starting the Tamiya Honda RC166 - wish me luck!
Posted by DanR67 on Saturday, February 23, 2013 4:13 PM

Some engine shots. Just started the frame. Lots of small parts in this kit - I'm afraid I'm going to really screw something up!

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by hemi hunter on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:37 PM

by the way the engine looks u wont screw up great job

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Posted by DanR67 on Monday, March 04, 2013 2:04 PM

Thanks! I've made some additional progress on the frame and also with wiring the engine. It was a real challenge getting everything in place:

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-03175638.jpg

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-03175655.jpg

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Monday, March 04, 2013 2:06 PM

Let's try this again (it's not like I don't post images all the time):

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-03175716.jpg

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-03175655.jpg

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Monday, March 04, 2013 2:09 PM

Third time lucky?

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by hemi hunter on Monday, March 04, 2013 5:05 PM

looking good

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Posted by modelmarc on Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:34 PM

Very nice so far, haven't seen one of these here yet - what kit is this?

Marc

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:50 PM

Marc, this is the Tamiya Honda RC166. A GP racer from 1966. I've made some more progress and will post a few more pics.

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:53 PM

Rear wheel completed:

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-17191527.jpg

Rear wheel attached, front wheel completed:

i6.photobucket.com/.../2013-03-24191314.jpg

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:54 PM

Now why is it doing this again? Give me a few minutes...

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:56 PM

Ok, trying again:

Rear wheel completed:

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:57 PM

Rear wheel attached, front wheel completed:

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:58 PM

Exhaust pipes attached, additional wiring completed:

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:42 AM

A little more progress on the handlebars... front forks and speedometer are next.

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by hemi hunter on Thursday, April 04, 2013 4:13 AM

looking really great Thumbs Up

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, April 04, 2013 3:57 PM

This looks like a nice kit Dan, it appears to be well detailed, and your model is coming together really well.  I'll keep watching.  You just might motivate me to start on my NSR500.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by DanR67 on Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:21 PM

Two more progress shots:

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by DanR67 on Sunday, April 28, 2013 3:36 PM

Sadly, for anyone following this post, I completely screwed the pooch on this kit and decided to scrap it. My advice if you're going to build this - invest the extra money in Tamiya's front fork kit. The forks on this were a mess - weak, poorly constructed (which was a surprise for a Tamiya kit), and in the process of having to correct a minor mistake that I made, they snapped off and the front end was an irreparable mess.

I see that Tamiya is releasing a full view version of this same kit. I may take another crack at it. I learned enough from my first pass at it to know how to build it right next time. My main piece of advice - wherever possible, attach the hoses and wires in advance. Trying to attach hoses to tight spaces caused a lot of the problems that led to me giving up on this.

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/Danr67/Models/

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Posted by hemi hunter on Monday, April 29, 2013 8:18 PM

coming together very nicely

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:39 AM

G'day Dan.  Sad to read about the damage and your decision to scrap it.  I wish you the best with your next one.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by NIbiker on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:53 PM

Sorry to hear of your problems with this model. Am starting on my RC166 this week. I've got all the upgrade sub-kits. Am aprehensive re the chain and wiring the wheels.

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Posted by krow113 on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:53 PM

Too bad. The forks cant be rebuilt? This kit more than others needs the supplied black hose immediately thrown in the garbage or into supply. To use the supplied product ruins the finished look of this bike. I have seen it on several show tables and cringe at the overscale tubing that somehow replicates oil lines, throttle cables , brake cables , wiring and every other hose/line/cable on the model, all of which are different sizes , materials , diameters etc.

Thank You ; Krow113
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Posted by Rik_Biel on Saturday, June 08, 2013 10:56 AM

Shame - what you had done so far was great.  

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

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Posted by papadan on Saturday, June 08, 2013 4:10 PM

I agree with what other's are say, it's a shame you couldn't finish this build.  For a few minutes I actually thought the pictures were of a real bike.  I'm sure you'll have no problems with the next build.  You were doing an awesome job.  To quote someone else on these forums, "Keep on building"

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Posted by NIbiker on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 5:18 PM
If the price was right I would buy the remains as a donor kit.
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Posted by RedRoo on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:20 PM

Dan, All I can say is from what I see in the pics you posted, you wont have any trouble.  I built the "Full View" kit with all the update kits and I found that if you leave off the outer extremities like the cam cover ends and such, there wont be very much paint worn off.

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Posted by RedRoo on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:31 AM

If I can be so bold as to offer you a tip on the vinyl tube used on the kit.  I found that when I stretched the tubing, it was easier to bend into the complex curves you are going to encounter when doing the spark plug leads especially and besides, stretched looks more to scale., like the brake and throttle cables too.  Looking good so far mate !!!

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Posted by RedRoo on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:37 AM

Dan, I did the exact same thing but I stuffed up placing the front mud guard, and did it back to front so I bought the "Full View" with all the add on bits and it is so easy second time around.  I found that leaving all the small bits off the engine until the last minute, the paint job will be better from less handling. Stretch the vinyl tubimg as it will look more to scale and handles the curves and wont kink :-)

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Posted by RedRoo on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:44 AM

It is really easy to do, just take your time and cut the etched as close to the link as possible and if you have a pair of really fine needle nose plyers, GENTLY  crimp each link a little bit to make sure the chain will not come apart AND, if you can, get hold of a really fine "Oil stone", place the chain on it and with your finger, gently move the chain along the stone until all resistance from the "burs" from where you cut the links from the tree have been removed .

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