TAMIYA: #14109 1/12 Kawasaki
May 13, 2007
It has been a long time since the last time a Kawasaki
racing bike was release by Tamiya, the #14028 KR500 GP Racer, and it is
nice to see Tamiya going beyond another Honda, Yamaha, and
The ZX-RR will be released sometime in June in Japan and will
have a MSRP or ¥3,500. Unfortunately, thats another ¥300 more
than #14108 and ¥500 more than #14107. It will be
interesting to see how Borgfeldt Canada prices the ZX-RR
There will also be
a fork set, #12619, for the ZX-RR and will have a MSRP of ¥1800.
The fork set will be released at the same time as the ZX-RR kit.
Borgfeldt Canada: Has The
Insanity Finally Ended?
April 15, 2007
Back in 2003, the prices
of Tamiya kits in Canada ascended to a level where I no longer would
consider buying a Tamiya kit locally unless I stumbled on a great deal.
Borgfeldt Canada raised wholesale prices to obscene levels and it got
to the point where the local price was 200%, and more, than the MSRP in
Japan. Needless to say, I placed a lot of mail orders with Japanese
retailers in the last four years.
However, on Friday I saw a sign that the insanity could be over. While
at John's Hobby Shop in Toronto, I saw Tamiya's new Repsol Honda RC211V
'06 kit (#14106) on the shelf. I picked it up intending to just look it
over and plan to add it to my next order, until I saw the price. I was
pleasantly surprised to see not the expected $55-60Cdn price, but just
$39.99Cdn for this ¥3000 ($28.55Cdn) kit. While still not like the
good old days of 1998-2001 when kits were on par with Japanese MSRP,
its nice to see more reasonable pricing. Yes, I bought the kit!
Tool: Watch Maker's Vise
February 20, 2007
While at a local
surplus store, I found a great Watch Maker's Vise that will come in
handy for holding small parts while working on them. The tool has three
anchor points that are adjustable to hold itemd about 12mm to 40mm in
diameter. The anchor points accept dowel pins and the tool included
four types of dowel pins for different holding abilities.
My main use for this tool will be for holding disc rotors that need to
drilled. Click for more...
DVD: The Doctor, The Tornado
and the Kentucky Kid
February 4, 2007
checking out HMV at lunch time the other day, I stumbled upon an
interesting looking release under 'General Intrests', a documentary
about the 2005 U.S. MotoGP at Laguna Seca. At just $24.99Cdn, I grabbed
The release includes two DVDs. disc1 is the documentary and runs for
104mins and talks about MotoGP racing in general and follows the whole
race week at Laguna Seca. Disc two provides numerous angles during the
Click for more...
TAMIYA: #14107 1/12 KONICA
MINOLTA Honda RC211V '06
February 4, 2007
Although spotted on
the Tamiay website a few wekes ago, Tamiya is showing the new 1/12
KONICA MINOLTA Honda RC211V '06 at the Nürnburg Toy Fair. Hobby Link
Japan lists the release date as sometime in February 2007. MSRP
will be 3000yen. (Tamiya America says SRP will be $47US vs. $25US in
XTREME MODELLING: Ultimate
May 31, 2006
For those of you
toying with the idea of scratchbuilding a motorcycle,
you might want to watch this.
Here is a video showing Pere Tarragó's workshop
VIDEOS: Testors ScaleWorkshop Videos
May 21, 2006
For those just starting in the hobby who would like to see how things
are done, rather than just read about it. Testors has a series of free
on-line instructional videos demonstrating various aspects of
modelling. Although the topics concentrate on aircraft modelling, a lot
of material is applicable to all modelling. Videos can be found
TIP: Painting Caliper Lettering
May 20, 2006
I've added a new tip for painting the sunked and raised lettering one
finds on some calipers and elsewhere on 1/12 motorcycles. Details can
be found here...
R/C Ducati 999: Need a
change from static modelling?
January 1, 2006
Tired of making vroom vroom sounds while looking at your static
motorcycle model collection? Thunder Tiger have a radio controlled 1/5
Ducati 999. Yes, 1/5 scale! And it gets even better, it isn't electric,
it has a nitro gas model engine. Check out the review and pix at the RC
And be sure to sure to watch the video of an R/C bike running...
December 11, 2005
Not much motorcycle modelling getting done these days. However I have
been experimenting with some model railroading supplies for use in
dioramas. I've been casting some 'rocks' for use in the ground work and
experimenting with creating realistic foliage. I'm pretty pleased with
the results. Here is some shubery.
Tamiya's 100th motorcycle kit
With the release of Tamiya's 100th kit, they also take a moment to
thank us motorcycle modellers for making it possible. Read