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Suzuki Katana GSX1100S WIP - Ist Motorcycle build - Finished - Outdoor Pics!

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Suzuki Katana GSX1100S WIP - Ist Motorcycle build - Finished - Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:13 AM

This was part of a package deal so I took it and thought I might as well try a motorcycle. It cost me about $2.50 for the kit included in the deal. So nothing ventured, nothing gained. I will take any suggestions/comments from anyone who has some thoughts or experience with motorcycles as I have no knowledge of these kits or motorcylces in general. My son had a Harley (I think it was a Sportsman or something like that) that I worried about him driving for several years in Houston. Finally, he grew up and got married and had to sell the bike for a car. Whew, what a relief!

I painted the engine block, cylinders, etc. with Testors Metalizers Stainless Steel that I had on hand. I was able to polish it a bit to give it a bit of a sheen and make it look more metal-like. I also backwashed the finned areas to give it a bit of depth. Foiled the rear brake pedal and getting ready to install the plugs and wires.  I doubt this will be a very quick build.

Painting is also a problem as it will be raining all week so I have been painting in between the rain showers with flat or satin lacquers. Don't know wheel I can get to any shiny paint! Thanks for looking! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:04 PM

OK, I got the engine together but I have a question for the motorcycle builders out there. I assumed since this is a four cylinder that I should have four plug wires. But looking further on in the instructions it appears that only two plug wires are necessary as they loop over a cross bar and then attach to the other two spark plugs later in assembly. I imagine this is because there isn't a distributor or magneto or some sort of spark box to hook these up to and since the seat will be in place it won't be missed. Does that sound right? Thanks!

 

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 modelcarjr on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:24 PM

Thanks, Nottheband, for your help in figuring out this build!

There's a lot of detail painting, seems like more than on an auto so I think I have most of the spray painting done and will have to finish the rest with a brush. There also seems to  be a lot more differentation between colors of black, flat, semi-gloss and gloss. Here's how I do mine. First I paint everything black with Wallmart flat black with no primer. Then I separate out the semi-gloss pieces and give it one mist coat of Krylon Clear lacquer. The gloss pieces are then painted with Walmart gloss black. Its a simple method for me, the flat black really needs no primer and acts as a primer for the other layers. I also don't have to hunt for and buy a semi-gloss black paint. Here's how they turned out:

The smaller pieces in front are flat black, the stand in the middle is gloss black and the rear fender is semi-gloss black.

I've also painted some other pieces. The seat is suppose to be a mix of royal blue and black 2:!. I can't do that without breaking out the airbrush so I used Walmart Royal blue over flat black on the seat. I also painted the gloss aluminum pieces with Krylon Brilliant  Silver which is about as bright as it gets. I may use some clear to dull it down some. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

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 justmike on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3:24 PM

Wait!! Wait! I know for sure I read the word slow in your introductory comments with this thread. lol  The detail painting is what makes a bike build so different from a car. The instructions look so complicated because of all the color callouts, don't they? I love that tip about the flat black with clear to get semi-gloss. Your brightwork looks great. I wish I had used that Krylon instead of trying the metalcote bright aluminum by Humbrol that I did. Live and learn. What I find interesting is getting the chain on a bike to look real. That can take up to four colors. You will enjoy your finished product, I know that for sure

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:47 PM

Thanks, Mike! Yes, this is like building my first model. I have no idea what I am doing. And the brightwork is not so bright now as I cleared it and its a nice gray metallic now. But I'll have to rub out a few pieces now.

I have the engine and rear fender installed in the frame so I guess I am making progress. The tach, clutch and throttle wires are hanging out of the front. The plug wires go from plugs on one side to the plugs on the other side as a shortcut. Here are a couple of pics. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:09 PM

Got the exhaust system on, back wheel, with chain and brake assembly, rear brake line and stand. I foiled the outer wheel rims so experience with foiling wheel openings on cars came in handy. Its a very nice kit and everything goes together well. Screws for the rear axle and front of the rear swing arm are very nice and keep the assembly tight. Everything in the front fork assembly looks a bit challenging but here goes! Thanks for looking! Cool

 

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 Friday, May 20, 2016 4:38 PM
Looks VERY similar to how my CHiPs bike went together. That was my first motorcycle build, too. Lookin' good!
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 20, 2016 9:14 PM

Thanks, Joe! Yes, your Chips motorcycle looks good! I hope this one turns out OK.

Ran into my first bit of difficulty today with the cowling. I had painted the black around the headlight first then tried to get it together around the headlight. However, it didn't go together well leaving a seam and pretty much ruining the black paint around the headlight. So I went ahead and scraped of the black paint with my X-Acto and sanded it out a bit. I taped everything off, including the headlight and then painted it flat black with a coat of clear. Now the it looks much better and the seam is not as noticeable. Here are some pics:

Paint scraped off:

Taped off:

Re-painted:

 

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 modelcarjr on Friday, May 20, 2016 9:18 PM

And here's some other completed work today and a mock-up with the cowling on. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Saturday, May 21, 2016 4:59 PM

Well, I am out of parts and all the wires are connected so I must be done, except for the decals. Here are a few pics:

I put a thin piece of foil over the gas tank seam tht I didn't putty before painting. Thanks for looking! Cool

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, May 22, 2016 11:13 AM

Finished with decals! A very enjoyable build! I could have done better if I had puttied the gas tank and front fender but then again it would have been even better if they both were molded as one piece. Decals were a bit difficult as they are old but I put a coat of clear lacquer on them after having broke one of the red Suzuki decals so I could have a chance of getting them on easier. Outdoor pics when we get some sun! Thanks for looking! CoolCool

I found some Texas motorclycle plate pics without the word "motorcycle" on them so I printed this one up on Acme.

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, May 22, 2016 11:43 AM

Outdoor pics!

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 modelcarjr on Sunday, May 22, 2016 11:48 AM

Three more:

 

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 justmike on Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:51 PM

I hate you   lol   That turned out good and I can't believe how quickly you got it done. I finally got a bit of painting done on my bike build this aft. The chrome foil on the rims sure looks good. Do you think you will do another one if a kit fell your way? When you clear coat decals due to their fragility with age is there a special way you have to soak them to get them off the backing paper or can you proceed as usual? Is that enough questions?

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Posted by nottheband on Sunday, May 22, 2016 11:22 PM

That came together really well, John, your end result is great.  Those red "Suzuki" letters on the tank look sharp, and seem to bring the silver colour alive.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 23, 2016 5:39 AM

Thanks, Mike and Nottheband! I appreciate your comments!  Mike, to answer all your questions - yes, I would build another if it fell my way. I might even look for one at the next contest and vendor show in July.  On the clear coat on the decals I usually do a light coat; two passes in a back and forth motion.  I try not to get too much on as I have ruined decals in the past (shriveled up) so I try to do a light coat and it doesn't really take any more time in the water. I don't know how much it helps but usually I don't have any issue with them breaking apart. I think it just gives me a small advantage and I also am more careful not to move them or brush them too much once I encounter them breaking up.

Here's another picture to illustrate a few things that didn't show in the outdoor pics. First, the speedo and tach decal in the kit is very colorful. Secondly, the silver on the handlebars and the gas tank are the same paint, Krylon brilliant metallic. The gas tank has the clear coat so it turned a darker gray color. Third, you can see the foil I added to the tank over the seam. And finally, the red Suzuki lettering on the left broke in three places; at the bottom of both "U" s and half the "K" and "I" at the end. If you look close the space between the "U"s is different. But I think I got it pretty straight!

Don't know what I'll do next but off to Indy at the end of the week so I probably won't start on anything this week. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:12 AM
I know next to nothing about motorcycles, except that this one looks really cool!
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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:26 AM

Thanks, Joe! I appreciate your comments! Cool

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 pkdiorama on Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:18 AM
Nice build down under we got the hotter version to compete with the Honda CB1100RC it had hotter cams & wire wheels . Must build my 1/6th one ..one day. Cheers Pete.

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