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Airfix 1/24 Suzuki 500cc GP Bike

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  • Member since
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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Airfix 1/24 Suzuki 500cc GP Bike
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 16, 2018 12:52 PM

While I have built 1/12 and larger scale bikes in the past, I have never done one of these. They seem quite basic concerning parts count, but still have a large amount of detail. Here is what I'm starting with:

 

KIT: Yes, that is all of it.....

INSTRUCTIONS: They reference Humbrol paint numbers, but also provide identification on the top of the instructions. 

Anyone ever build one of these kits before?

v/r,

Ben

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Monday, July 16, 2018 3:52 PM

This will be interesting. I'm sure you'll make it look fantastic

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 16, 2018 11:49 PM

Well, then fun has begun...

- de-seamed, primed, painted just about everything.

- assembled the rider and began the base paint (some decals).

- assembled the motorcycle stand.

- painted chassis and swing arm with buffing aluminum metalizer.

- removed the mold seam from the tire patch, assembled, decaled.

Now waiting for base paint to dry. Tomorrow will begin detail painting, and some assembly. Still not sure if I am going to add cables to the hand levers and add the brake lines (?)...Decals will not be far behind :)

 

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:04 AM

I keep my eyes open for 1/24 scale bikes, and have been curious about these Airfix kits. I'll keep checking out this build. Despite the light parts count, the details look very good. Looks like it should build up well.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:59 PM

Been trying to import photos for an update but my PC is acting up. The rider (Kenny Roberts Jr.) is done except the dull coat and shading. The rear wheel / suspension and front fork assembly are also done. I am at the point of decaling the cycle and finishing the assembly. I hope to post some pictures real soon.

v/r,

Ben

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    May, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:34 PM

The driver is made of only three parts; a right and left torso with arms and legs, and the third being the head. After based painting the blue, yellow, black, and gray, I applied 28 decals to this 1/24 scale rider Indifferent

I am giving the solvaset time to snuggle them into the folds, then I am going to dull coat the suit and shade or highlight parts of the rider. 

The fuel tank and seat are molded as one piece. It was primed with Tamiya gray then painted with a rattle can sahpire blue metallic. This shows a WIP with only three of the numerous decals to be applied. 

As previously mentioned, here is a photo of the chassis with the two piece block engine and the rear suspension assembly attached. Check out the tire logos and the decal on the swing arm.

You can also see the front fork assembly completed to include the two tone calipers (from brake use). In the background is the completed bike stand. To the right rear is the beginning of the exhaust painting. I still have at least three other dry brush colors to add to the exhaust.

Here are the painted handlebars and radiator. I believe I still need to detail the handlebars further for the top of the fork tubes, adjusters, etc. I have not decided if I will add brake lines, throttle cable, etc. (?).

And here is a photo of everything so far. I still have the remaining decals to apply to the tank and seat; front fender; and complete fairing.

v/r,

Ben

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Friday, July 20, 2018 7:18 AM

Your build is coming along very nicely.

I've built 2 of these bikes (mine were boxed by Heller, but they are the same kit) and greatly enjoyed buiding both. You can see picks of finished bikes here:

https://www.vintagerpm.com/124-gauloises-yamaha-yzr500/

https://www.vintagerpm.com/124-ducati-desmocedici/

Mike

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Friday, July 20, 2018 7:24 AM

Looks like you brush painted the parts on the sprue?  Great job on that.. what paint do you use to brush paint?

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, July 20, 2018 2:14 PM

Thanks everyone; for brush paints I use a combination of Model Master and Tamiya enamel and acrylics. 

VintageRPM, those are some really nice builds, great job!

I hope to be posting some of the final photos after I complete the decals on the tail, fender, and fairing.... 

v/r,

Ben

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Roswell, GA USA
Posted by Ergo Proxy on Saturday, July 21, 2018 5:51 PM

I built one of those kits once. They build up pretty well for such a small scale of a bike.

Too many models to build in a lifetime.

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    May, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 23, 2018 1:15 PM

Had a hard time getting any modeling done, but I managed to finish up this little gem. The bike is just over 3 inches long or just over 80mm:

MOTORCYCLE:

WITH RIDER:

RACING:

Thanks for following the build, your comments are encouraged.

Ben

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Monday, July 23, 2018 3:33 PM

Those look cool.. Might have to get a couple myself.  Good job as usual

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  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Monday, July 23, 2018 5:22 PM

The bikes look great. Figures, too.

If you can find any of the old Hasegawa 1/24 bike kits on eBay or at a swap meet, you should get them. Really nice kits that even have a bit of photoetch, if memory serves me. I even used the rider on the one I built. :-)

  • Member since
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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 23, 2018 6:11 PM

Vintage RPM,

Thanks, I will have to look for those....

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:47 AM

Great looking bikes. These kits seem to build up quite nice. They look good together.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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