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Tamiya Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon

Kit No.: 14136
Scale: 1/12
Mfr.: Tamiya,
Price: $55
Comments: 162 injection-molded parts (silver, metallic black, chrome plates, clear); two simulated rubber tires; vinyl tubing; metal springs and mesh; paint masks; chrome self-adhesive badges; screws and poly caps; decals
Pros: Excellent fit; great decal sheet
Cons: Minor error in instructions
Tamiya’s Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon is a new kit with a few parts from the racing version. Be sure to follow the directions carefully, to make sure you use the correct parts and sprues.

In some cases, the instructions call out the new LP paints from Tamiya. At the time of this build, they weren’t yet available in my area, so I decanted and airbrushed TS spray paints.

Several decals eliminate some detail painting on the rear hub, front rotors, and the lock faces. A very nice touch!

Many parts are multiple colors, and I found it more efficient to spray the main colors and brush paint the rest. Parts fit is impeccable, which makes painting some subassemblies easier.

The green stripes on the wheels are provided as decals; two per side. Float both pieces on a side at the same time. This allows you to overlap the ends so they’re virtually invisible. I didn’t need to use decal solvent that settled so well.

The chrome exhaust system assembles in such a way that the sprue attachments are hidden. And the fit is so nice the seam can hardly be seen. 

Steps 19 and 20 show a stub on the radiator where the coolant hose is supposed to attach and calls for it to be painted flat aluminum. However, there’s no stub. The hose still fits fine, and it doesn’t create any real problems, but there’s nothing there to paint.

I found it easier to connect the cables to the handlebars by leaving the inner fairing and gauge cluster off (parts F27 and D41.) The subassembly was easily installed after the forks and cables.

The carbon-fiber for the front fairing comes as several decals: easier than a single large panel. I used Tamiya Mark Fit (strong) decal solvent to get them to settle in place. Tamiya provides extra weave for touch-ups should you need it. Unfortunately, the weave has doesn’t always run in the same direction as the other decals. Once the carbon-fiber decals dried, I clear-coated to hide some of the edges and bring up the gloss. I applied the green stripe decals over the gloss.

The clear parts are designed to be cemented with little chance of errant glue causing an issue. Be extra careful cutting the headlight lens from the sprue. I ended up with an uneven edge that had a white cast to it from trimming too close to the part, and it couldn’t be polished out. I hid the error with a little smoke (X-19) brushed on the upper edge.

Overall, the Ninja H2 Carbon is an impressive kit of an impressive machine. Fit is fantastic, and there’s a lot of detail. However, much of it will be hidden. So, even if detail painting is not your thing, you can still build the Ninja into a display-worthy model.


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