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Next kit I’m about to start, Aoshima’s 1974 CB400Four. I’ll kick it off with the box art and contents.

 

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That's a great bike kit, and a cool bike. I want to do the spoke replacement technique on this one.

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Thasks guys. 

 

7 hours ago, Kev The Modeller said:

Nice looking kit, never seen one of these Aoshima kits before.  Looking forward to the build mate. 

 

Hopefully it goes together as well as it looks.

 

6 hours ago, Dino said:

That's a great bike kit, and a cool bike. I want to do the spoke replacement technique on this one.

 

Funnily enough, I’ve been looking into what’s involved in doing this ?

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Nice choice for your next motorcycle build Dallas! I would also redo the spokes, it will make such a massive difference! Looking forward to more updates :)

 

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Thanks Imraan. 

 

Got it the main engine assembly complete - still needs the covers fitting, which I will do once in the frame.

 

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Shoul be a great kit with the new Suzuki 380.... Don't know about replacing the spokes as they are moulded individually....

Probably I should only remove the chrome and paint them in aluminium....

I will follow....

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After a break for a couple of months, I’m back at the bench and making progress with this. Now got the engine and all the other parts in the frame and the swing arm attached. I chose to glue the frame together first, rather than following the instructions and building it around the engine. Although it worked, I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s a very tight fit and there were a few occasions I didn’t think it would work.

 

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8 hours ago, andrew59it said:

Did you replace the spokes? They look nice...

 

Thanks - yes, replaced them with 0.3mm steel wire.

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Having owned one of these bikes for over 30 years (had to sell it when I moved three years ago), I only discovered there was a kit of it recently so I've just bought one. Your build so far is fantastic, I don't think I'm going to be able to get mine anything like as good.

 

One point that struck me, though, is the rear mudguard. The small arched part over the top (part 17) is actually part of the frame, and so should be gloss black. The front of the mudguard (part 34) is a soft slightly flexible black plastic - the same plastic is used for the toolbox - and so would be matt or semi-gloss black. 

 

Here's a picture of it on my bike. The chrome part of the mudguard had by then been eaten by rot, and had been replaced with a black fibreglass one, but you can see the frame and front mudguard. Seat is also non-standard, and the wiring's a bit tatty!

 

The other thing I noticed, which you can't really do much about, is that the kit has the larger Japanese/American style rear light, UK bikes were fitted with a Stanley rear light which was smaller and flatter across the top. The light back plate is chrome, the mount is black metal. No picture of this I'm afraid, mine got smashed in the garage!

 

Please keep posting updates, I'd love to see more of it.

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10 minutes ago, Morf said:

Having owned one of these bikes for over 30 years (had to sell it when I moved three years ago), I only discovered there was a kit of it recently so I've just bought one. Your build so far is fantastic, I don't think I'm going to be able to get mine anything like as good.

 

One point that struck me, though, is the rear mudguard. The small arched part over the top (part 17) is actually part of the frame, and so should be gloss black. The front of the mudguard (part 34) is a soft slightly flexible black plastic - the same plastic is used for the toolbox - and so would be matt or semi-gloss black. 

 

Here's a picture of it on my bike. The chrome part of the mudguard had by then been eaten by rot, and had been replaced with a black fibreglass one, but you can see the frame and front mudguard. Seat is also non-standard, and the wiring's a bit tatty!

 

The other thing I noticed, which you can't really do much about, is that the kit has the larger Japanese/American style rear light, UK bikes were fitted with a Stanley rear light which was smaller and flatter across the top. The light back plate is chrome, the mount is black metal. No picture of this I'm afraid, mine got smashed in the garage!

 

Please keep posting updates, I'd love to see more of it.

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Thank you. That’s an interesting observation on the rear mudguard. I’ve used some artistic license as far as the colours and the front bit not being plastic. I was aware of that from my reference photos. It’s probably worth changing the upper part though, as I hadn’t made the connection thst was part of the frame.

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Just now, Kev The Modeller said:

Hows the build going?

 

It’s been on hold for a while as I was struggling to source more wire for the spokes that was suitable. I’ve finally found some, so it should be back on the bench once I’ve finished some other projects.

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Good to hear mate 👍 Its been a while since I've built bike/car been keeping my hand in with a couple of aircraft projects, work was crippling last year, hopefully much better this. 

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This one has been away from the bench for far too long now, so time to bring it back.

 

front wheel has been re-spoked to match the rear one and fitted to the frame. 
 

There’s not actually that much left to do on it now, so it should go fairly quickly from here.

 

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