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Lookng for a good "first" motorcycle kit.

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  • Member since
    January 2011
Lookng for a good "first" motorcycle kit.
Posted by Zeke on Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:19 PM

Can anyone suggest a good 1/12 scale motorcycle kit to start with for a guy that hasn't built one for 40 years?  I'm just getting back into the hobby, building cars again and want to pick up a good bike kit, probably Tamiya as I can't stand all the filing, sanding and reworking to make parts fit correctly. I do love the detailed kits though and I wouldn't say that I'm a beginner. The realistic look and the old cafe racers are my favorite.  Other than Tamiya I was thinking of Gunze as I've built their cars, but they only seem to have smaller bikes. My favorite so far has been the Tamiya Ducati 900 of Mike Hailwood or maybe a Honda NSR500. Any suggestions for a kit with good detail that goes together well?

  • Member since
    November 2006
  • From: Lake Villa, IL
Posted by vwdave92 on Thursday, February 3, 2011 7:42 PM

Hard to go wrong with a Tamiya bike kit.  However I have to say my favorite is the Ducati 916.  The bit is unique in a number of ways ... un mistakable really so it looks great on your shelf when it's done.  It goes together well and the paint call outs are pretty dead on.  A little research on what color the exhaust should be and you'll be in fine shape

good luck


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  • Member since
    January 2011
Posted by Zeke on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:57 PM

I think you're right, the Ducati does look great and it should be a relatively easy build. I also can't pass up the classic Honda RC166 so I'm going to buy them both. So what color of red did you use?


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