Tamiya 1/12 Honda CBR1100XX 'With Me Color' - Overview
If you just want the cool decals on the street bike I guess you'll be happy and don't need to read any further. But if you want to build an accurate replica of the With Me Endurance racer, then you'll be disappointed like I am. Read on...
I'm saddened to have to say this kit represents my first real disappointment with a Tamiya product. I'm a big cheerleader for Tamiya static kits, but they really dropped the ball on this one.
You can not build the With Me motorcycle with this kit. The kit contains the exact same sprues as the street version of the CBR1100XX. The box features pictures of the 1:1 motorcycle and on close inspection reveals the following changes are needed to build a true With Me CBR1100XX Endurance racer:
As you can see, these are not nit picking details, but serious omissions and or oversights. When Tamiya released the YZF-R1 Taira Racing, they added a new sprue for pipes, muffler, chain rings and rear fender to the regular YZF-R1 sprues to address the differences. This is what they should have done with the With Me. Not just re-box the street bike and throw in two new decal sheets.
I was really excited about building this bike but know I'm faced with correcting the problems. Lets hope Tamiya doesn't make this a common practice.
I wrote Tamiya about my disappointment and this is their reply: