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CHiPs Kawasaki 1000 - Complete!

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CHiPs Kawasaki 1000 - Complete!
Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, April 09, 2016 11:52 PM

My first motorcycle model. Started a few weeks ago, and made some progress on the engine today.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, April 09, 2016 11:52 PM

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, April 10, 2016 8:22 PM

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, April 10, 2016 11:41 PM

Nice clean progress there, Joe, looking really good.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:59 AM

Is that satin plated stuff from the kit or did you paint yourself? Thats going to be a nice bike.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:46 PM

Front fork assembly is only attached for the photos. A few details still need painting, but made a bit more progress...

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:06 PM
Justmike, all the parts are molded in color. There are a few parts that need to be detailed or painted a different color than they are molded in, but not many.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, April 24, 2016 6:38 PM

Exhaust is on. It was a tricky assembly, but turned out nice.

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  • From: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Aussie Mick on Sunday, April 24, 2016 9:40 PM

You're getting there Joe. Looking good, keep up the nice work.

Cheers

Mick

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:19 PM

Thanks, Aussie Mick! Here is a bit more. They give you a nice decal for the top of the tank, but tell you to slice into it at several intervals to help it lay down. Nope! Too many wrinkles, so I went ahead and painted the black:

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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, April 30, 2016 9:01 PM

Got the front fork on (or the "front folk" as it is called in the translated instructions). It only took me 2 tries to get the screw in place, as it works best if you have about four hands. I still only have two, but got it to line up.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, May 02, 2016 6:25 AM

Lots of progress yesterday...almost finished! Just had one issue with my thumb taking a decal off of one side, so I had to make another (luckily I scanned a copy before using them).

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  • From: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Aussie Mick on Monday, May 02, 2016 7:35 AM

Wow Joe, for your first bike kit you did excellent! Great job! Now you've done one, you'll have to do some more! 

Cheers

Mick

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, May 02, 2016 7:38 PM

Complete! Went together pretty well, for my first motorcycle build! I would probably build this kit again, having the knowledge of the tricky parts now. Would have done anything to have one of these when I was six years old! Of course, there's no way I could have built it myself then...tricky enough at 44! Wink Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, May 02, 2016 7:39 PM

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:44 PM

Niiiiiiccce!  Good masking. Black over white is cause for concern. That looks like some excellent chrome that kit has. Everything looks super clean on the bike

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:48 AM

Looks great, Joe!  I'm starting my first bike as well so I am glad I got a look at yours! Hope mine turns out as well! Nice work! CoolThumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:37 AM
Thanks guys! It was quite a fun build.
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Posted by JEePgUy on Tuesday, September 06, 2016 10:00 PM
Excellent job in your bike.I used to love that show,and watched it whenever it was on.U did a great job on yours.I also liked that CA Highway patrol car you've got tucked all the way in the back,Thanks for sharing your pictures.It really brings me back to some cool memories I had.
Thanks
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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, September 18, 2016 9:28 PM

Glad I could help bring back those memories. I have the first 4 seasons on DVD, and watch a couple episodes each weekend late at night. Takes me back to when I was 6 or 7 years old. So much fun! Love those police chases and car crashes!

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