Another bit of loft insulation dusted off for your enjoyment.
Inside, Tamiya's usual shoddy presentation...
I will be back soon with a 'what's in the box' but before I start anything, I offer my heartfelt thanks to Mark (Boo) for his good natured, helpful and supportive responses to my many PMs on this subject.
Back soon, in the meantime, welcoming all interested parties...
As there's quite a lot, I won't take pics of all the parts, I will try to list them instead...
Sprue A, beige styrene, bodywork, 11 parts Sprue B, black styrene, frame, 12 parts Sprue C, black styrene, battery, oil tank and swing arm, 44 parts Sprue D, soft vinyl, handlebar grips, footrest rubbers, footboard mats etc. 47 parts Sprue E, silver grey styrene, engine block, 24 parts Sprue F, chrome styrene, bling!, 53 parts Sprue G, chrome styrene, more bling!, 42 parts Sprue H, chrome styreme, exhaust system and even more bling!, 32 parts Sprue J, aluminium styrene, wheels, 2 parts Sprue K, clear styrene, 11 parts Sprue L, aluminium styrene, engine, 58 parts M, vinyl tube, 2 sizes Sprue N, aluminium styrene, forks, stand etc., 26 parts Sprue P, chrome styrene, crash bars, 11 parts Sprue Q, black styrene, brakes, fork yolks, chain guard, 35 parts Sprue R, beige styrene, panniers, licence plate, 8 parts Sprue S, beige styrene, seat, top box, fairing, 8 parts Sprue T, black styrene, seat base etc., 13 parts Clear yellow, 7 parts Clear red, 7 parts Rubber tyres 2 Metal parts, handlebars, side stand, crash bars, brake discs etc, 9 parts Springs 8 Nuts, screws and rear axle, 21 parts Sheet of decals 46 stage instruction book in Japanese 46 stage instruction book in English
CB, the Kawasaki Z1300 was produced by Tamiya in two guises, naked so to speak and a fully faired touring version, the naked one you can still find but at a price, the touring version is difficult..and expensive to find.
Hey Bill, thank you for joining me, I'm looking forward to it too, it taking a lot of courage to get it out of the loft and build it but that's what they're for I guess!
Had a good browse through the sprues last night and as you might well expect from Tamiya's big scale offerings, flash free, lovely detail, no obvious pin marks and high quality chrome.
Got friends round for a bite to eat tonight so hangover permitting, will try to update Saturday.
A Harley looks good with or without bling to me, my favourites are the simple coloured bikes, black and white, black and orange, matt colours are superb on Harley's I'd buy one instantly (and chop it, which is sacrilege to some Harley people ) if I was able to ride, sadly my spine issue will not allow me to ride.
Prof I owned that very model, two tone sand/beige and all. She was a 80 cubic inch Shovelhead that was probably the best running of all the old Harleys I ever had or rode. Real free wheeling fast reving v twin. I sold it to a fellow policeman and have regretted it ever since.
I bought a new 1995 R100RT and have been loyal to BMW since. I've had a Moto Guzzi, a Ducati, and a Honda in the interim but my old airhead boxer is my go to bike.
Hello G, welcome aboard. Nice to find somebody who owned one in the box art colour although mine will be subtly altered. I have yet to properly ride a Harley and up until recently I had been a two-stroke rider, mostly classic stuff.
My new trusty steed is a 1200c or Chromehead as they are referred to.
Oil cooled 1170 flat twin, most probably lacks the true grunt of a Harley but it pulls well enough for me.
Hello Mence, Personally I don't care what other people ride, just as long as they enjoy what they ride. I like all kinds of motorcycles. If I could have a stable of them I would....unfortunately I have yet to achieve some form of corporate sponsorship. By the by gentlemen, you have posted some great pics of your steeds. Enough of my rambling......on with the build!
With enough thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thug626 aka Dave
Dave, I'm with you mate, I'm way to old to condemn people for what they ride and I too would have loads of bikes if I could but a combination of finances and space make that something I can only dream of!
Here we go, the first 26 parts have found a home, this represents about 85% of the basic frame components. As mentioned earlier in the thread, mold seams were everywhere but I'm not going to complain, this kit is the original release from the 80s so you can't expect perfection? Most seams have bean dealt with and then the two halves clamped together trapping 6 soft vinyl parts which will ultimately serve to locate the tank and fork yolks (trees). Same sort of thing for the swinging arm (rear fork) which has vinyl parts inside to give a positive location for the pivots.
The large central upright serves as a seat post as well as a brace and when I get there will have a spring inside it so that the saddle is actually sprung, nice touch!
The more eagle eyed may be able to see from the first slightly out of focus pic (sorry) that the lower rear part of the frame isn't glued yet, this is to accommodate the centre stand which itself is undergoing seam removal, that will make an appearance later once I have got the frame painted.
Just before I go, quick word about the kit, if you've never stuck your head in the box of one of Tamiya's big scale kits, do it, for their age, they are still right up there.