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Recent New Kit Releases

Tamiya 1:12 Suzuki Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1 (#14093)
Suzuki's limited edition bike features new fairings, instrument panel, and Tri-Oval Cyclone exhaust with carbon fibre decals.
Suzuki Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1
Tamiya 1:12 Honda Repsol RC211V (#14092)
Honda's all new 5-cylinder 4-stroke GP1 bike.
Honda Repsol RC211V
Tamiya 1:12 Antena3 Yamaha D'Antin YZR500 '02 (#14091)
Team D'Antin's 2002 Antena3 sponsored ride.
Antena3 Yamaha D'Antin YZR500 '02
Tamiya 1:12 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa (#14090)
Suzuki's 300+km/h sport bike.
Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Tamiya 1:12 Suzuki RGV500gamma '01 (#14089)
Kenny Roberts' 2001 ride.
Suzuki RGV500gamma '01
Tamiya 1:12 Yamaha YZR500 Marlboro (#14088)
This new YZR will not have the tobacco logos.
Yamaha YZR500 Marlboro
Tamiya 1:12 Honda PONS NSR500 'West Colour' '01 (#14087)
The new NSR will not have the tobacco logos, but have the riders' names instead.
Honda PONS NSR500 'West Colour' '01
Tamiya 1:12 Yamaha YZR500 Tech 3 (#14086)
The YZR500 was been updated with new removable rear fairing, forks w/front calipers, front fender, instrument panel and upper fork clamp. The new YZR will not have the tobacco logos.
Yamaha YZR500 Tech 3
Dragon 1:35 Sd.Kfz.2 Kleines Kettenkrad w/Puppchen (#6114)
Its long over due, but the  its finally available in Japan.. It includes two-piece individual track links which with be a challenge to assemble.
Sd.Kfz.2 Kleines Kettenkrad w/Puppchen
Italeri 1:24 Red Bull Yamaha Racing Truck & Trailer (#3806)
A really cool new transport truck from that includes a die-cast 1:24 Yamaha YZR500 Red Bull GP500 bike.
Red Bull Yamaha Racing Truck & Trailer
Tamiya 1:12 Yamaha YZF-R1 Taira Racing Full-View kit (#14085)
A first for the motorcycle series of Tamiya kits is the a 'Full View' version of a motorcycle. It is a limited released.
Yamaha YZF-R1 Taira Racing Full-View
Revell 1:25 Ford's Limited Edition 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 Pickup (#85-7685)
Comes with a Harley FXDX Dyna Super Glide and custom trailer combo kit.
Ford's Limited Edition 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 Pickup
Tamiya 1:12 Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja (#14084)
For those tiring of all the GP500 kits, Tamiya's new Ninja is a great looking kit with turn signal and tail light lenses moulded in clear colours and the fairings moulded in translucent lime green.
Tamiya Kawasaki ZX-12R Ninja
Tamiya 1:12 Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki RGV-Gamma '00 (#14083)
The 2000 kit is not just a re-box of the 1999 kit. This kit includes lots of new parts to bring the RGV up to '00 specs.
Tamiya Telefonica MoviStar Suzuki RGV-Gamma '00

Of course kit quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Although Honda is my favourite, I'm interested in all motorcycles so I'm a little more critical of the quality in the kits I buy. One thing I'm most critical of is the fit and ease of assembly. I prefer to spend my time building and detailing the kits I buy, rather than fixing design and manufacturing defects before I can build a kit. Some modellers don't mind a poor quality this as much as I do, but I think it is because their modelling interests are more finite which limits the models available to them.

Tamiya Responds to the Poll Results

Tamiya wasted no time replying to the letter I sent to them. I was pleasantly surprised to see a reply only five. Here is my letter with Tamiya's reply about the What would you like to see as Tamiya's next 1:12 motorcycle release? poll results.

Link to eBay's website
Although I'm not a retailer, I may occasionally use eBay to auction off kits that I'm no longer interested in.

Here is a list of my current eBay auctions...

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