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Tamiya 1/12 Ducati 900 NCR '59

99/04/25 - 4 hours
  • Brake Discs - drilled out the holes in the rear disc. Quite a few holes (120) so this alone took 40mins and shortened one #70 drill bit. (Note: Don't try and watch TV while drilling discs!)
  • Engine - cleaned up the case halves and cylinder head parts. Assembled all the parts that will be painted with BAP.
  • Frame - cleaned up frame halves and battery support, removed unnecessary tabs and assembled the frame halves with battery support.
  • Rear Fender - cut down the part as described.
  • Swing Arm - cleaned up parts and assembled the swing arm.
99/02/26 - 3 hours
  • Body work - cleaned up fuel filler cover, seat, cowling, front fender and tank/rear cowling. Assembled the tank/rear cowling halves.
  • Engine - cleaned up carburetors.
  • Exhaust - cleaned up the front pipes and the muffler. Assembled the muffler halves.
  • Rear Shocks - cleaned up shocks and spring retainers.
  • Stand - cleaned up parts and assembled bike stand.
  • Swing Arm - cleaned up all rear brake components.
  • Wheels - cleaned up the mold lines.
  • Finished cleaning up all smaller parts remaining on sprues A and B.
99/04/27 - 2.5 hours
  • Body Work - cleaned up seam where halves met. It is now ready for priming to check for imperfections.
  • Engine Covers - cleaned up the chrome parts. Tamiya located the 'gates' so they are hidden once the engine is assembled. Well done Tamiya!
  • Front Discs - drilled out self cleaning holes. This time it didn't take as long this time, only 30mins for both discs. A total of 240 holes.
  • Front Forks - de-chromed them with Easy-Off since most of it will painted in gold. I'll redo the telescopic portions with Bare-Metal Foil.
  • Fuel Filters - cleaned them up and scored them so they will look like they have the paper element inside them.
  • Muffler - cleaned up seam where halves met.
  • Cleaned up remaining chrome and clears parts on sprues C and D.

- 1 hour

Just looked over the box art to see what extra details I might/should add to the kit. It is pretty complete as is, but I think I'll do the following:

  • Replace axle screws with 1/8" rod to eliminate screw heads.
  • Change brake hose connector on rear caliper to a banjo connector and add brake sensor wires.
  • Replace thin vinyl hoses with thinner black wire for throttle and clutch cables.
  • Stain inside clear vinyl tubing so it looks like fuel is in it.
  • Battery is completely visible, so I'll add a wiring harness with leads to the battery, lights, etc.
  • Add 'tie wraps' to secure the harness to the bike's frame.
99/05/02 - 20 min
  • I washed all parts with warm water/detergent mix to remove any release agent, fingerprints, etc. so no its ready for paint.
99/05/09 - 1 hour
  • Bodywork - primed with Floquil Reefer White.
  • Frame - primed with Floquil Reefer White.
  • Rear Springs - primed with Floquil Reefer White.
99/05/10 - 15 min
  • Bodywork - applied some spot putty where needed along seams of fuel tank.
99/05/11 - 30 min
  • Bodywork - wet sanded all the parts.
99/05/13 - 30 min
  • Bodywork - re-primed the tank/rear cowl since the primer was sanded through in places. This also sealed the putty.

- 5 hours
  • Bodywork - wet sanded all the parts and painted with Italian Red. It might be a little too orange, but I'm going to keep it as is. This is the first time I used the MM Acryls and it sprays very nice and flat.
  • Carburetors - painted with BM & XF-16. And pick out some detail with NBB.
  • Chain & Sprockets - chain painted with X-10 and sprockets with NBA.
  • Engine - painted with NBA and detail painted the chrome engine covers.
  • Exhaust Pipes - painted with X-18.
  • Frame -  painted with Italian Red.
  • Front Fork Bodies - painted with NBB.
  • Rear Shock Bodies - painted with NBB.
  • Rear Springs - painted with Italian Red.
  • Swing Arm -  painted with Red.
  • Wheels - painted with NBB and detail painted the valves with Chrome Silver and XF-1.
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  • Painted the remaining odds & ends like seat, cowling brackets, bike stand, etc.
99/05/24 - 3 hours
  • Brake Discs - painted with BM, NBA & X-18.
  • Engine - completed the engine assembly.
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  • Frame - detail painted the rear brake cylinder.
  • Front Forks - used Bare-Metal Foil on the shafts for a nice shiny surface and detailed painted the calipers.
  • Rear Caliper - assembled caliper on mounting bracket.
  • Rear Shocks - used 'Ultra Bright Chrome' Bare-Metal Foil on the shafts for a nice shiny surface. Assembled the shocks and detailed painted them.
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  • Tires - removed mold line from tires with sandpaper and mounted them on the wheels.
99/05/25 - 2 hours
  • Bodywork - painted the fuel cocks on the tank with Chrome Silver
  • Frame - touched up a few place where some Chrome Silver ran onto the Italian Red.
  • Fuel Lines - filled the clear fuel line with a mix of X-19:1 + X:23:1 + X:24:1 to make it look like its full of fuel. Looks good but it still hasn't dried as it is not exposed to air. I may have to connect one end of the hoes, fill it and connect the other end to trap the "fuel" in the line.
  • Handle Bars - finished detail painted the grips, etc.
  • Swing Arm - touched up a few place where some Chrome Silver ran onto the Italian Red.

- 2 hours
  • Engine - added right engine cover and plug wires.
  • Frame - added airbox, rear fender liner and installed engine into the frame.
  • Front Wheel - glued on brake discs.
  • Swing Arm - assembled rear swing arm, wheel, chain and caliper.
99/05/27 - 30 min
  • Bodywork - clear coated the tank/rear fairing, front fairing and front fender.
  • Exhaust Pipes - added to the engine/frame.
99/05/28 - 2 hours
  • Front Forks - assembled the front forks and added the brakes lines. Painted the ends of the brake lines with Chrome Silver to represent the compression fittings.
99/05/29 - 2 hours
  • Battery - painted and installed the battery. I didn't bother with a wiring harness after all since I didn't have enough information to properly do one.
  • Front Forks - installed on the frame.
  • Took some in progress photos.
99/05/30 - 4 hours
  • Bodywork - added all decals and used Micro-Set to soften them so they would hug the surface better. I used a new technique for wetting the decals.
  • Clutch and Brakes Pedals - added these to the frame.
  • Front Forks - added decals.
  • Handlebars - added the clutch lever.
  • Swingarm - added decals.
  • Throttle and Clutch Cables - attached all cables to the appropriate connectors. I painted the ends with Chrome Silver to represent the cable ends.
  • Took some in progress photos.

- 1 hour
  • Frame - added the headlight bracket and fairing supports. These secure the fairing to the frame.
  • Tail Light - used 'Ultra Bright Chrome' Bare-Metal Foil for the reflector surface and glued in the lenses with Kristal Klear.
99/06/03 - 1 hour
  • Bodywork - clear coated the bodywork with MM Acryl Gloss Clear to seal the decals.
  • Front Forks - clear coated the decals to seal them.
  • Fuel Filler - inked the recessed lines to add definition to it's appearance.
  • Swingarm - clear coated the decals to seal them.
99/06/04 - 30 min
  • Bodywork - added fuel filler, seat and windscreen using Kristal Klear. Then glued it to the frame with Kristal Klear.
  • Fuel Lines - added remaining fuel lines filled with 'fuel'.
  • Windscreen - added two remaining decals could only be applied after the windscreen was added to the fairing.
99/06/04 - 36 hours


This was a very enjoyable kit to build. I especially like the fact the detailed engine is in full view without any fairings covering all the work put into the bike.

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Last revised on: March 2, 2004
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