Author Topic: Tamiya 1/12 virago  (Read 6309 times)

Offline kpnuts

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Tamiya 1/12 virago
« on: December 14, 2014, 02:33:10 AM »
My next victim, sorry model







« Last Edit: December 16, 2014, 03:53:29 AM by kpnuts »

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 04:21:58 AM »
Nice one - stock or modified?
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 06:32:54 PM »
I'm going to enjoy watching you put this one together!

Model motorbikes are a bit of a rarity, so it's a treat to see one here!

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 04:06:25 AM »
It's going to be basically stock just custom paint jobby

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 11:43:43 AM »
I actually have the hippyish rider they issued for this, somtimes boxed with it, sometimes separately, but I want him for something else....
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2014, 03:11:33 AM »
Hi all here is what I've done so far on the Virago



















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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2014, 02:55:55 AM »
Hi all here is tonight's installment












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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2014, 05:59:28 AM »
Hats off here.
After attempting two larger scale motorcycles in my modelling life, I vowed never again.
You are making it look easy

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 03:05:38 PM »
I have often been tempted to try a large scale bike but never been brave enough to try.  Kudos to you, looking good so far.

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2014, 02:59:41 AM »
Hi all slowing down at the moment very busy at work this time of year, but here is where I am now








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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2014, 09:56:55 PM »
Looking good: the sparkly gold frame seems oddly fitting for one of these, since they were notoriously "blingy" which suited some people's taste but not others.

I've built one large-scale bike before (a Kawasaki Zephr) and I didn't find it all that difficult, although that might have something to do with having spent so much time around 1:1 scale bikes that the components and how they fitted together seemed pretty familiar to me. The flip side was that the kind of "scale compromises" that might have satisfied a non-biker looked intolerably wrong to me, so I spent a lot of time fixing stuff that probably nobody would have noticed.
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2014, 02:58:42 AM »
*chuckle* I can empathize, Weaver.  I feel the same way about models of aircraft I've worked on and am familiar with.

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2014, 12:21:31 AM »
Hi all,here is tonight's offering. Got some cleaning to do on the front wheel I've noticed from pic but recon it will be finished soon, just a base then, was thinking of having it sliding down the road, lots of sparks flying out from under it, with the help of an led and some fiber optics. what do you all think
















« Last Edit: December 21, 2014, 12:23:29 AM by kpnuts »

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2014, 12:29:11 AM »
Nonsense! Motorcycles NEVER fall over and slide down the road in shower of sparks! You've bought into the Safety Mafia's propag...ouch! (My clicky elbow just made my broken collar bone twinge....) :-X

Yeah that'd be different - it's looking good by the way. :)
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2014, 03:46:48 AM »
Hi all change of plan here is the finished article.


































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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2014, 06:08:07 AM »
My compliments, that looks quite real, like you shrunk a 1:1 scale one down.

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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2014, 08:25:38 AM »
That looks very good! I like the fact that it's got some wear and tear on it, without being overdone. "Unrealistic perfection" is one of the things that spoils the illusion with many motorbike models for me. Just about the only bikes you see looking 100% perfect are ones that spend their lives getting rolled into and out of a trailer..... ::)

The second to last pic looks like it came straight out of an early 1980s magazine article about the real thing. 8)

Well done!  :)
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2014, 01:58:19 AM »
My compliments, that looks quite real, like you shrunk a 1:1 scale one down.

What he said.
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Re: Tamiya 1/12 virago
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2014, 02:35:43 AM »
Thanks for the kind words glad you all liked it.