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Bimota Tesi 1D (Ducati 906) Finished 11-15-16

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Bimota Tesi 1D (Ducati 906) Finished 11-15-16
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 22, 2016 5:41 PM

 

 

 

Another Tamiya cycle, but this one is a little different compared to most of the other kits I’ve built from the line.  It has suede-like material for the seat for one thing, and a few more metal parts than the others too.  The latter is likely due to the unique steering/suspension set up.

 

It also looks like many parts are molded as one piece so a good amount of hand/detail painting is in order before too much assembly can commence.  The painting instructions appear to be comprehensive as well.

 

I decided to focus on clean up and painting most of the parts prior to assembling it and just put them in the lid as I went along.

 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 22, 2016 6:56 PM

 

I followed the color mixing instructions for the pipe color, used X-11 for the chrome bands and made decals for the mufflers by spraying flat aluminum on clear decal paper.

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:37 PM

 

A couple frame subassemblies and the engine.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:26 PM

 

A little more frame work.

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 29, 2016 7:43 PM

 

Engine is installed into the frame.

 

 

 

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Posted by litespeedsae on Saturday, July 30, 2016 7:52 AM

Super!   Model and photography.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, July 31, 2016 4:51 PM

Thanks!

 

 

I tried some new high fill primer to prep the “body” for paint.  It sands great and over white looks like a cool way to color and shade a skull…

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, August 01, 2016 7:43 PM

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Posted by justmike on Monday, August 01, 2016 9:20 PM

Lovely detail with those blue ( I'm guessing washers ) under the boltheads on the brake

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 3:02 PM

Thanks Mike.  Yes, they would be washers.

 

 

While the parts fit pretty much “normal Tamiya”, there are a couple that surprised me that they did not fit well.  Plus there seems to be an error in the instructions regarding the length of tubing required for one of the radiator hoses.  It is about half as long as it needs to be, and since I had cemented the piece to the engine it took a bit of work to remove and replace it.

 

 

 

Also the water pump part with the tube that attaches to the radiator does not line up.  I had to bend it a fair amount to get it close, then used CA as filler at the neck.

 

The steering is supposed to work, and I guess if the parts were not painted it might, but even then I suspect a little bit of honing and adjusting would be in order.  There is just too much load on the plastic parts and the primary bell crank sheared the second time I tried to turn the handlebars, and that is with less than half the linkages hooked up.  They all moved freely individually.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 7:58 PM

 

The exhaust pipes fit as well as expected.  The two rear pipes were a bit of a handful, but by installing individually and letting the cement dry, it was very manageable.  I haven’t decided if I will touch up the joints, or leave them as is since they look a bit like weld joints now.

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, August 04, 2016 12:43 AM

The paint detailing you do is fantastic. These Tamiya bike kits are very impressive. I have built one and am part way through a second one.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, August 04, 2016 8:24 PM

They are usually very enjoyable.  This one has a few more issues than I expected.  But it is still a great kit.

 

As the swing arms and wheels go on, it starts looking very unique.

 

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, August 05, 2016 11:09 AM

It looks like the whole bike is kinda dangling off those few bits of frame rails. Its a different look from most bikes

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, August 05, 2016 4:41 PM

I think the bright silver center sections act as a truss to make the suspension viable and the red frame just holds the engine and other "normal" motorcycle parts.

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, August 05, 2016 6:54 PM

 

I used Tamiya TS-26 for the white.  I dusted on a few base coats and followed up with some of it decanted and airbrushed.  I had to use the box again, too windy to trust setting the parts out.

 

 

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Posted by shaun.s on Friday, August 05, 2016 7:17 PM

Mark, this one seems quite "Fiddlly" compared to most of the bike builds on here. I know when Bimota built this thing it was supposed to revolutionize front suspension design. along w James Parkers front "Radd" design suspension,(sometime later) also supposed to change the world lo(lol) funny, everybody is using upside down design still?.any way really exacting work here, Mark!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, August 28, 2016 6:24 PM

 

The decals are very workable and I have not had any cracking issues.  I put the two side decals on first as shown in the instructions, unfortunately those two decals are about 0.030 too long and when the top decal was applied a ghost image of the stripes showed up in the Bimota lettering.  Not terrible, but if I knew ahead of time…

 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:43 AM

 

Upon further inspection of the decals and instructions, my concerns about the ghosting of the decals through the Bimota lettering probably won’t be an issue because the kit provides extra lettering decals in white.  Unfortunately where the red panels overlap on the tank darker colored blocks are created.

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, September 02, 2016 11:39 AM

Those decals look impeccable even with the overlap. What brand softener do you use? l recently purchased Tamiya's Markfit and I don't really like it. It is agonizingly slow to make a decal react and lay down. I use Walthrops solvaset but have run out of it and can't easily get it here now. Its irritating how hobby stores are vanishing here on the Island

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, September 03, 2016 12:39 PM

I primarily use Gunze-Sangyo Mr. Mark Softer.  It works well and quick enough on most Tamiya decals.

 

 

I mixed Italian Red with Cream to try to match the color of the decals and airbrushed the bulk of the red areas.  I hand painted the edges since I could not mask on the decals.   Not perfect, but better.  I still have to add the Bimota decals and then clear it. 

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 2:36 PM

 

Now that the touch up and decaling is done I can move on to the final assembling of it.

 

I painted the seat areas black in case the material doesn’t fit 100%.

 

 

This is the “bad” side that took most of the effort to touch up.  Certainly not perfect, but way better than it was, and acceptable for this project.

 

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 5:00 PM

 

 

 

Turns out my earlier concerns about the seat material were warranted as it was just powder on the carrier paper, so I had to paint the seat areas.

 

 

 

All done now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by rusty32rod on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:49 PM

    Very nice! i especially like all the finer details that make it look so realistic.

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Posted by TomZ on Friday, December 09, 2016 7:44 PM

Scale-Master

The steering is supposed to work, and I guess if the parts were not painted it might, but even then I suspect a little bit of honing and adjusting would be in order.  There is just too much load on the plastic parts and the primary bell crank sheared the second time I tried to turn the handlebars, and that is with less than half the linkages hooked up.  They all moved freely individually.

 

 

Gosh, your Bimota turned out way nicer than mine did! As for the steering, I had to ream out some holes such as the ones for the cross-shaft, and leave the metal rod screws quite loose to get it to work. Even then it is stiff but not in danger of shearing.

It's too bad yours broke, that's a nice feature to show off. I like that the lower fairing can be removed also, revealing the unique suspension. It always seems so wrong to me to spend untold effort for a great engine and chassis and then conceal them beneath a fairing!

 

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