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  1. The engine and the frame are the easy bits. Now the fiddly bits start! It is definitely a build you can’t rush. Too easy to cement a part in and realise there are a few more steps to take before that part is cemented and it has to be carefully deconstructed and done in the right order. No second guessing. Plenty of dry constructing before the final assembly. Should be worth it in the end. Cheers Bill W.
  2. Latest bit of progress. Engine in frame. Bill W
  3. Another bit done. This has been ongoing for a while as the parts are so small and fequire a magnifying lamp, tweezers, a steady hand and patience. Cheers. Bill W
  4. Superluminal, I have a chain that I bought for a 1/6 scale Honda CB 750, thinking it would fit all Tamiya 1/6 scale bikes. I found this was not so. Contacted Tamiya and was told that it had been their intention for the chain to fit all the 1/6 bikes but the idea was shelved so it only fits the AfricaTwin. My son has just bought a 3D printer. When he gets more proficient with it, I might ask him if he can do a CB750 rear and gearbox cog with the same tooth spacing as the Africa Twin. Cheers Bill W.
  5. Superluminal. There is a jig supplied with the kit to help line up the plastic spokes if you are using them. I used the jig to line up all the plastic spokes, then I cut off the guide spoke half way and removed the spokes from the jig. Then I noted the angles the spoke entered the hub, I then drilled the hub about 2mm deep. I refitted the spokes to the jig and checked the spoke I had just drilled fitted by passing some 0.7mm rod through the rim and made sure it fitted the hub OK. Then I drilled the rim out 1.3mm to fit the nipple. Once that was checked I used a 2mm drill to ease out the rim to take the head of the nipple. That was one spoke, it was the same procedure for the other spokes. That’s probably why it took about 6 hours to do a wheel, with breaks for a cuppa. Cheers Bill W.
  6. Markbt73, the X numbers are gloss, the XF are Flat and the TS I think are just gloss. There are AS for acrylic spray and LS for Lacquer Spray. That’s my interpretation. Superluminal. The spoke kit I used came with brass eyelets that requires the rim drilling out to 1.3mm, taking into account the angle the spoke goes from the rim to the hub. When fitted and I was happy with it I put a small amount of epoxy, Araldite, on the top of each spoke and let it dry. For my next set, l have bought some 0.7mm steel rod and some alloy tube with a 0.7mm inside diameter. That way both the spoke and nipple are the same colour. Just need a coat of clear lacquer. Cheers Bill W.
  7. Thanks all for the paint info. Got most of the colours or alternatives from various internet sellers, based on price. Thanks once again. Bill W.
  8. I have made a start by making a spare set of wheels using the metal spoke kit available. Took a lot of figuring out but turned out OK Bill W
  9. Hi, I am about to start building a Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and was horrified to find that I needed about 15 TS aerosols @ approx £10 each. As I am not a serial modeller, most of the aerosols would be wasted. Does anyone know if there are any X orXF colours that equate to the TS aerosol colours that I need, or indeed any other paint producers, ie Humbrol that do similar colours. Many thanks BillW.
  10. Hi, I am about to start building a Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin and was horrified to find that I needed about 15 TS aerosols @ approx £10 each. As I am not a serial modeller, most of the aerosols would be wasted. Does anyone know if there are any X orXF colours that equate to the TS aerosol colours that I need, or indeed any other paint producers, ie Humbrol that do similar colours. Many thanks BillW.
  11. Try Googling RCDecals, they reproduced the decals for a Honda CB750 Racing Type. The kit was from the first production run, so some 45+ years old and had yellowed and dried out. Bill W.
  12. Just to let you know that Mark Parnell at RC Decals came up trumps. I scanned to him a decal sheet from the newer model I have yet to do and he has replicated it. Cost £10. Well worth it. Bill W.
  13. Sent him a full-size scan of the decal sheet and I am waiting his reply.
  14. Thanks, just dropped him a message Bill W.
  15. PS This is a 1/6 scale kit. Bill W.
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