Tamiya 1/12 Yamaha VX-1600 Roadstar '99 - Overview
Yamaha Motor Corporation calls the RoadStar "The ultimate street fighter of the big-displacement cruiser class"
Voted "Cruiser of the Year," by both Cruising Rider and Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser. With Cruising Rider saying "knockout of style and daring engineering... and a shot of pure adrenaline."
There was some mixed reactions when Tamiya announced this kit. In Japan there didn't seem to be much interest among motorcycle modellers. Even myself and some friends that build motorcycles were a little indifferent to the news. But after seeing a friend's Roadstar built in the red/white scheme I was eager to get one.
Brake Calipers - finely moulded banjo fittings for the brake lines
Center Stand - since the RoadStar only has a side stand, Tamiya has provided a center stand moulded in clear to display the finished model more securely.
Chrome pieces - the plating is flawless and the mould lines are so subtle that you really have to look to see them. On sprue E the chrome isn't quite as shiny on the back. One thing I wish Tamiya would do is use raised gates on the back of the parts so that the chrome finish of the part is not marred. They do this for the bright chrome sprues on some of the 1/6 motorcycle kits so they really should consider doing it with their 1/12 kits. But knowing Tamiya, unless its unavoidable most gate marks will probably be hidden (like on the Virago) once assembled.
Mufflers - they are split into two and since they are chromed you can't touch up the seem. But, after seeing a friend's built kit, the seam isn't very noticeable anyway.
Wheels - excellent detail in the wire 'wheels'. The spokes are about as fine as one can mould in styrene. The wheel centers are separate from the spokes go into the centers when assembled. Very nice! Two brass tubes are provide to axle housings.
Started: December 2000