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After a slight hiatus... starting the Honda RC166 Tamiya motorcycle


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#1 DanR

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

For a change of pace, I started working a Tamiya motorcycle kit. I hope I haven't bit off more than I can chew!

 

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#2 Christopher J

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Very nice! I like how the engine is looking so far.

 

I have a Tamiya bike I started in around 2006 or so that I just recently ran across. I may see if I can download some instructions for it start back on it again. Looking forward to seeing how yours progresses, it's off to a good start.



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

I was hoping to come across a 'Work Bench" on this Honda RC166.....It looks like you mixed the two colors for the engine?....Looks like you off to a good start.....and looking at this kit....Yes it seems it may just be a Challange....

 

Best of luck to you.....Will sure be following this one...

 

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

Don, Tamiya recommended a 1:1 mix of copper and red brown but it was too dark when compared to actual photos. I lightened it considerably with Titanium Gold until it was a more acceptable shade. I'm not thrilled with Tamiya's suggested colors, some are miles away from what's in the photos.



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

I don't know about the biting and the chewing but the engine looks great. 



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

I absolutely love the 166 kit.  I have two of them, unbuilt.  Are you adding the Tamiya upgrades?  I will be following this build with interest.

Pete



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Pete, I'm doing a box stock build. The extras are a bit too pricey for a person building at my level.



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

Not a lot of progress today. Had some painting issues that may be because of 10 year old cans of Tamiya spray. 

 

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

The preceding post was done entirely with a Samsung tablet. From the pic to the posting to Photobucket to linking the image to this page. I am loving it that I rarely need to turn on a laptop anymore!



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

Don, Tamiya recommended a 1:1 mix of copper and red brown but it was too dark when compared to actual photos. I lightened it considerably with Titanium Gold until it was a more acceptable shade. I'm not thrilled with Tamiya's suggested colors, some are miles away from what's in the photos.

Thanks for the tip.....be following along.....

 

Thanks for sharing....

 

Don...



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:32 PM

Engine's wired and mounted. This was harder to do than you might think...

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:46 AM

I lost a week because I got busy with other things, but today I committed to building both sets of wheels. I could tell just by looking at the kit instructions and the parts that this would be a daunting task. I was right. Three hours later and with a slight headache as a reward, I have ONE wheel done. I'll do the other one next week - I need a break. In the meantime, I can move forward with the rear assembly.

 

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The parts for the second wheel are in the background. Yes, each wheel is an eight part assembly. For anyone building this kit, here are some tips:

 

The spokes are attached to a circular rim of plastic. Leave them on there until you're ready to assemble them. While attached, scrape all chrome off where glue will be required (Tamiya shows the attachment points in shaded gray on the instructions). This especially includes the spoke tips. I found out the hard way just how delicate these are when I snapped off two but was lucky enough to be able to reattach them. Even luckier, they're next to each other on the wheel, so I can hide them behind the chain assembly.

 

Be patient. I found that once two spoke halves were assembled and ready for the outer rim, it's best to line them up and press the spoke tips into the designated slots one by one, adding a drop of glue to each. Wait a little and let the glue set up on four or 5 tips before moving on, being sure to occasionally check that they're still seated properly. When all are in place and the glue is dried, take a piece of sandpaper and sand down any tips that are poking up slightly to allow for a uniform mating surface for the other rim.

 

These are the kit parts and the end result - in my opinion - is a very nice looking wheel when it's complete. The key is to take your time. Block off an entire day for this if you have to!


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

Pushed through and made a little more progress. Done for the day.

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:06 PM

The preceding post was done entirely with a Samsung tablet. From the pic to the posting to Photobucket to linking the image to this page. I am loving it that I rarely need to turn on a laptop anymore!


Yes. Since i figured how to post to photobucket with my iphone, making a topic with pics is to easy. I find myself over posting my pics. I picked up the laptop to print something out. My printer is to old to "hook" my phone to.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

And the bike looks great too

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

Another weekend, a little more progress.

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:11 AM

Just a little more progress...

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:31 AM

A little more progress...

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

Looking really good, I really want to get this kit.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:12 AM

Steve - I would definitely recommend the kit. It's been a challenging but fun build and the bike itself really is beautiful. I'm nearing the end, and hope to have it complete probably by next weekend or the weekend after that (since NNL East is April 20th and I just might have to make the drive from CT to NJ again).