New bike from Tamiya in 2001?
December 27, 2000
In issue #83 of TMMI, the
editor says that bike modellers are in for a treat in the New Year. I wonder
what it could be...
Studio 27 RGV500gamma Lucky Strike '97
December 1, 2000
Studio 27 have release a conversion set to convent the '00
Suzuki RGV500gamma to the '97 Lucky Strike version. Pictures on Studio 27's web
Acu-Steon Nastro Azzurro Detail Sets
November 30, 2000
Acu-Steon have release two details sets for the Tamiya NSR500
Nastro Azzurro kit (#14082). They are:
- #24033 photo-etched sheet for 1900¥
- #24034 bag of screws and 1000¥
The PE sheet provides oil cooler and radiator grills, front and rear disc
surfaces, masks for painting tire lettering, name plate for display case and
what looks to be a gas cap. The screw bag contains several screws which I assume
are for the lower fairing.
1/12 Motorcycle Rider Figure
October 24, 2000
Coree Production is more widely know for it's military
figures and accessories. But they recently released some eye candy in
the form of a 1/12 figure, Need for Speed, for the Tamiya 1/12
Yamaha YZF-R1. A unique way to dress up your R1.
MegaCity Model Motor Madness
October 4, 2000
This year's contest entries soared to 250+, more than twice that of
last year. And the motorcycle entries were more plentiful with seven
Here are a few pictures of the contest entries. Sorry, the pictures
are a bit dark.
| Revell 1/8 Harley-Davidson
|Dragon/Esci 1/9 BMW R75
|Revell-AG 1/9 Kawasaki ZX-7RR street bike
| Tamiya 1/12 Honda NR
| Tamiya 1/12 Ducati 888
| Tamiya 1/12 Ducati 916
| Scratch built 1/12 sidecar racer
Motorcycle Modelling eGroup Created
September 28, 2000
After months of thinking about it, I bit the bullet and created
The group is for all those interested in motorcycle modelling who want
to share information with other modellers or have questions that
others might be able to answer.
See you there.
Tamiya Announces new Acrylic Colours
September 26, 2000
After only having the enamel equivalents of:
X-31 Titanium Gold
X-32 Titanium Silver
X-34 Metallic Brown
XF-28 Dark Copper
colours for close to a year, Tamiya will now offer them in their
acrylic range as well. A welcome addition since the enamels are not
available in Canada. Also note that Tamiya stills offers their paints
in 23ml bottles in Japan.
Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki RGV-gamma Telefonica
September 25, 2000
As I suspected, Tamiya will indeed give us Kenny Roberts
Jr.'s 2000 ride.
Tamiya 1/35 Japan Ground Self Defense
Force Motorcycle Reconnaissance Set
September 25, 2000
For something completely different, Tamiya will
release a modern military motorcycle with rider. I think it is a
Kawasaki KLR 250 or 450 motorcrosser.
Nuts & Bolts
September 6, 2000
While shopping for 1/35 photo etched parts for my armour
models, I stumbled on ABER's Nuts & Bolts
The sheet has ~350 hex bolt heads and ~390 nuts. The great thing about the nuts is that the center is open to accept a
piece of wire for the 'bolt'.
Although meant for 1/35 armour, the sheet has various sizes that are suitable for even
1/12. Maybe even for 1/6 kits.
These will prove very useful when detailing the motorcycles.
Sports Superbike 2001
September 5, 2000
has preview screenshots and movies of EA Sports' latest Superbike PC
computer game. The graphics look fantastic! Hard to believe that its
still a year away.
Models Logust w/Quasimodo
September 1, 2000
I saw this very neat model in the Sept '00 Model
Graphix magazine. And with the help of Scott Hards at Hobby
Link Japan, I found out that it is produced by Fewture Models.
I'm not sure of the scale, but their site says its 20" long
so it must be 1/6 scale. So, something a little different to look for
in your local hobby shop or Sci-Fi shop that stock Fewture Models
Tamiya price increases for Canada
August 28, 2000
Canadian modellers should brace themselves for another round
of price increases on Tamiya kits. I'm told the Canadian distributor, Borgfeldt,
is planning to bring their pricing in line with Tamiya
America, so expect to see price increases of at least 20%.
My advice is that if you want a kit, get it now before the hobby
shop has to restock the item. Oh, and if you don't get to the shop
in time, then try not to gasp aloud when you look at the new price.
In Toronto the Yamaha XV-1600 RoadStar sells for around $50-60Cdn.
And the Yamaha Antena3 for around $42-$49Cdn. Pretty steep when you
consider Tamiya Japan's MSRP is 2400yen ($33Cdn) and 2000yen (28Cdn)
1/12 Yamaha XV-1600 RoadStar '99
August 24, 2000
I picked up my RoadStar the other day and here are my first
impressions of Tamiya's latest street bike.
Tamiya 1/6 BMW
R75/5 and R90S in Canada
August 21, 2000
The reissued R75/5 (16005) and R90S (16008) arrived at
Borgfeldt last week and are available in the Toronto shops
now. If you haven't reserved one with your local hobby shop, call now!
Yellow YZF-R1 coming to life?
August 21, 2000
Well, this has to be a first. A friend at Keith's
Hobby Shop who rides motorcycles was so taken with my Chrome Yellow R1 that he has
decided to buy a '98 or '99 YZF-R1 and paint it Chrome Yellow. Derek already has
a quote for
the paint job and says I should see the finished bike in April 2001.
Looking forward to seeing it Derek!
Tamiya 1/12 Suzuki
RGV-r XR89 '99
August 18, 2000
Nyhof received his kit and offers some first impressions of
Tamiya's latest FIM GP500 offering.
1/12 Suzuki Nuda Concept bike '81
August 17, 2000
I only became aware of this multimedia kit when I had an
enquiry as to where one could be purchased. The kit was originally
released around 1990 for 2800yen. But, you might still be able to find
one around. Especially in Japan since that is where the kit was made.
Good luck with your search!
Tamiya Announces More New Kits
May 18, 2000
surprises announced at the 39th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2000:
||Nastro Azzurro Honda NSR500
||Honda Gorilla Spring Collection (Chromed)
at Tamiya's Shizuoka show page ...
April 17, 2000
Tamiya will reissue two of their
1/6 BMW kits:
Tamiya Announces New Kits
April 17, 2000
Tamiya announced a
couple of new motorcycle kits that will be release in July:
||Suzuki RGV500gamma More...
||Honda Monkey 2000 (has 'aftermarket'
exhaust and carb options) More...
Tamiya Price Increase in Canada
March 29, 2000
Effective April 1, 2000 the price of ALL Tamiya products in Canada will
increase. Some will only see minor increases and others will see significant increases.
Sorry, this is NOT an April Fool's joke.
Tamiya announced MSRP increases that will
affect the 1/12 Motorcycle Series. The new prices will be effective May 1,2000. Stock up
||Suzuki GSX1100S Katana
||Ducati 900 M H Replica
||Suzuki GSX750S New Katana
||Honda CBR400F Endurance
||Yamaha Virago XV1000
||Honda NSR500 GP Racer
||Honda NSR 250 Repsol
||Honda NSR250 Cup Noodle
||Suzuki GSX1100S Katana Custom Tuned
||Honda CB750F Custom Tuned
||Yamaha YZR500 (OW70) Taira Racing Version
Revell-AG Announces New Kits
March 17, 2000
Revell-AG have couple
of all new 1/9 bikes is due late this year:
||Honda VTR 1000 SP-1 '99
||Ducati 996 'Fogarty Winner' '99
S27 Release New Decal Sheets
March 11, 2000
Studio 27 to release conversion decals to convert Tamiya's Honda NS500
- HRC" WGP 1984
- "Rothmans" WGP 1985
Tamiya Announces Reissues
February 17, 2000
Tamiya will reissue
several 1/12 motorcycle in Japan in March 2000:
||Honda CB900F2 BOLD'OR
||Honda RS1000 Endurance
||Honda CX500 Turbo
||Suzuki GSX750 Police Bike
||Suzuki RG250 w/Full Options
||Honda VT250 Integra
||Honda VF750F Fully Cowled
||Honda NS500 GP Racer
||Yamaha FZ250 Phazer
||Honda NXR750 '86 Paris/Dakar
Tamiya Announces New Kit
February 4, 2000
Tamiya announces as
all new 1/12 motorcycle kit. The Yamaha
XV 1600 Roadstar