Hello to everybody!
I want to say "Hi" to everyone. I am glad that there is such a great forum in the Internet now. I like to build motorbikes, but it’s not so popular in general and especially in my country. And now I found a place where I can find a gorgeous WIP and chat with true professionals. I’m sure I will be able to learn a lot new here.
As a first post at this forum I want to tell you about one of my recent project. This is Honda Z50 “Gorilla” from Aoshima in 1/12 scale. Great bike, but the kit is cheap and even at the first look it’s poor detailed.
There are not so many parts in this kit, there are a mold flash and sink marks (It’s from a dictionary, I don’t know the right words for this I hope you will understand what I want to say) and awful seam lines on tires.
But the main 2 problems are:
1) The engine doesn’t have a back wall!
2) There are no clear parts (headlights, turn signals) in the kit
So, we have some works here ))) Let’s go!
I started with the engine. On the real bike the engine installs on loops on frame. I decided to do it like it has to be on a real bike. So I could assemble and paint the engine separate from frame.
So, I cut the engine out of frame and cut some needless parts from frame (which imitate that loops). Also Aoshima offers to install foot pads right into the engine – cut them off too. Then I made a rear wall of the engine with plastic and epoxy putty in accordance with reference photos.
I made some molding lines with stretched sprue. I added a rod for foot pads, oil drain plug and a ledge to connect the engine to loops on frame.
I made the loops with 0.5 mm plastic card. Also I cut off all bolts and nuts on the frame. I removed axle shaft (I made it with 1.5 mm metal rod) to set rear wheel after painting the frame. I drilled the holes in a sprocket and did saw cuts on chain to make it looks better and added chain tensioner.
I filled the space in a fuel tank and made a fuel-valve.