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Tamiya Konica Minolta Honda RC211V 2006

October 2007
RELATED TOPICS: TAMIYA | 1/12 | MOTORCYCLE
Honda RC211V 2006
Tamiya No. 14107
Model Type: Injection-molded
styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, clear
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $47.00
Pros: Excellent parts fit; little flash; removable cowl
Cons: Decals not for the beginner; optional front-fork detail set a bit pricey

This is Tamiya's second version of the 2006 Honda RC211V MotoGP racer. It appears to be an updated version of the 2003 bike, and shares a few of the same parts.

My model also makes use of the optional front-fork detail set (item 12618), which includes turned-aluminum forks and a beautifully machined clutch and fork caps.

Assembly starts with the five-cylinder engine. Everything fit together well, and no seams needed to be filled or sanded.

The frame has five main parts that are plated in a satin chrome finish. A seam at the front will need some attention if you plan to display your model with the cowl removed; otherwise it will not be seen. Parting lines are faint, and all ejector-pin marks are on the inside, so no extra cleanup is necessary.

The rear swing arm is much the same; but the rear shock is visible, and needs a little sanding to remove the joint. The tires were sanded lightly to remove mold seams, then mounted on the rims before applying Michelin transfers.

The parts in the upgrade kit replaced the standard kit parts for the front forks. The turned-aluminum shock tubes are nice, but the additional $30 is steep; the kit parts are really good themselves.

Be careful when mounting the front wheel, as there is a proper direction, noted clearly in the instructions; I wasn't paying attention, but luckily got it right.

The different parts of the cowling were assembled, and because the seams would be visible, extra care was taken to get them nice and smooth.

Almost the entire bottom cowl is covered in decals. I might mask and paint it gloss black if I were to build another one, but the decals worked well. You will need a decal softener (I used Microsol), and a little heat will help too.

The windshield snaps into place, so there's no worrying about glue spots. The cowl parts are attached with tiny screws, making it possible to remove them for display if desired.

There's quite a bit of detail-painting to be done, and much of it requires the mixing of a couple of colors, so an airbrush is highly recommended.

This is the first bike kit I've built in a long time, and it was very enjoyable. The parts fit is excellent throughout, and flash is nonexistent.

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