HUMOUR: Biker Kitty Flash animation
July 16, 2004
found this hilarious Flash animation today that most motorcycle fans
The animation features music by the band Youth of Britain, so turn
volume of the speakers if you're at the office.
The animation is 4.3MB, but
worth it. Watch
TOOL: Home-made photo etch bender
June 26, 2004
are a couple commercial photo etch (PE) benders on the market these
and Fold and Etch
Mate). When the original PE bender, the Hold and Fold, was
released the 4" size was too small for my needs. So, on a visit
home where all my metal working tools reside, I scrounged
up some scrap aluminium and hardware and created
my own PE bender. Which I affectionately call the Clamp 'n Bend. More
TMMI: Will become a monthly publication!
May 19, 2004
news for those that eagerly await every issue of TMMI. You've probably
lot of letters to the editor suggesting that TMMI should become a
publication. I think I even mentioned that to them as well. Since TMMI
only modelling magazine I buy (amazing workmanship, photos, and I
something new), I welcome the change. August's issue will be the first
edition. No mention if the pages per issue or price will be
Also, TMMI now have their own website, http://www.tamiyamodelmagazine.com,
and the monthly announcement is in their News page.
TIP: Use digital photos to find modelling defects
May 15, 2004
doing some macro photography with the new digicam, it quickly became
that there was still room for improvement in my 'clean' builds.
FinePix A203 can't get as close as other digicams, it still gets close
make imperfections stand out. Also, I seem to look at the photos more
than the real model. By seeing these imperfections, I'll be aware of
potential areas that will mostly likely need extra attention before
In this photo of the interior of the Tamiya 1:16 VW Kübelwagen,
can see the join line of the interior panel that was inserted into the
If you enter modelling contests, imperfections like this is the kind
thing judges take glee in finding.
FUJIFILM: I finally broke down and bought a digicam!!
May 9, 2004
photo-lab in a local grocery store chain (Loblaws)
had a special on a FujiFilm FinePix A203 that I could not refuse.
wasn't the only one who though the same thing, as I had to scour
for a store that still had them. Thankfully a Loblaws employee helped
|After only a few days of ownership, I quickly
realized I should have
bought a digicam ages ago. So great to be able to take a pic and then
immediately be able to use it on the website. After taking pix of the
bike, I updated my Schwimmwagen
page with my own pix.
TINY xD-Picture Card just 25x20x1mm
GALLERY: A bit of renovating of an old project
May 9, 2004
Way back in Dec. '00, I was eager to build the XLR250R
in Tamiya's new JGSDF Motorcycle Reconnaissance Set.
So I built it and mounted the bike and figures on a simple base to keep
After being satisfied with my recent diorama/vignette base for the Schwimmwagen, I looked for another small project
to help practice doing ground work. I figured the JGSDF Motorcycle
Reconnaissance Set would be a perfect subject for an accompanying
Lots more pix of the JGSDF
TAMIYA: New to scale modelling?
May 2, 2004
Tamiya has illustrated a few of the basics (assembly,
and decaling) of modelling that will be handy for those venturing into
first experience with scale modelling. They even include some video
use spray paint and apply decals. Here are Tamiya's
tips for beginners...
Hmmm, I wonder if Tamiya's paint compatibility
table was inspired my compatibility
TMMI: Issues 103 and 104
May 2, 2004
finally dropped by the hobby shop to pick up TMMI #103 and also
issue #104 was waiting for me as well. In issue #103, you will find a
article of Tamiya's 1:12 Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird (#14070). And
#104, you will find Swash-Design's
amazing multi-media 1:35 Triumph 3HW used in a WWII diorama.
TAMIYA: And the 1:12 RC211Vs keep coming
April 9, 2004
time in Rossi's funky 'Rossi Repsol Moto' colours that would look right
in an Austin Powers movie. The kit, #14097, will cost ¥2,600 in
Japan and will
be available some time in June.
More details next week at the 43rd Shizuoka
Hobby Show. In the meantime, larger photo at Tamiya's
TAMIYA: TS-65 Pearl Clear
Tamiya will be adding five new colours to the Tamiya
lacquers. The most interesting one for motorcycle modellers is the
This is intended to be applied over any Tamiya Spray or Mini Spray
colour for a
The other colours will be of interest to Japanese
navy modellers, but could have other uses
|| IJN Grey (Kure)
|| IJN Grey (Sasebo)
|| Wooden Deck Tan
|| Linoleum Deck Brown
TAMIYA: Masterwork Collection
February 10, 2004
Tamiya will be
another Honda RC211V Finished Model to the Masterwork
This the in '03 Telephonic ride of Daijiro Kato. It (#21010) will be
March 30, 2004 in Japan and cost ¥7,800.
TAMIYA: 1:12 Re-issues on the way
February 10, 2004
Looks like Tamiya may be starting up the re-issue
These 1:12 kits will be released on March 24th in Japan:
||Suzuki GSX750 Police Bike
IKEA: Audio wall cabinet suitable for model display
February 04, 2004
browsing through the IKEA 2004 Catalogue, I found a wall mount unit
(W49xD17xH49cm). It looks like it could comfortably hold twelve 1:12
has adjustable glass shelves, overlapping sliding glass doors, and the
is unfinished walnut. The unit will hold 126 CDs (42 per shelf) so
you an idea of its capacity. As a bonus, only $35Cdn!! The KRYSS
units I bought in 2001 cost me $99Cdn.
QUESTION: Are you buying fewer Tamiya kits?
January 22, 2004
Back in October, I went on a bit of a rant about Tamiya
kit pricing in Canada. I decided to ask the guys on the Yahoo!
group how the increasing prices affected their shopping habits. Some
interesting, but not necessarily surprising results.
|Ever spiraling prices on Tamiya kits in
Canada and elsewhere outside of Japan has me wondering...How has Tamiya
prices affected your shopping habits?
|No change, I never hesitate
to buy locally no matter what the price.
|I don't buy as many kits as
I used to and don't mail order either.
|I now mail order some of my
kits, but still buy fewer kits.
|I now mail order all my
kits and buy everything I want.
|I always mail ordered to
get my kits.
An amazing 64.58% have resorted to mail ordering in order to get
kits at acceptable prices. And 52.08% are
actually buying fewer kits, whether or not they are mail ordering!
something both Tamiya Japan and the local retailers should be concerned
OSO KITS: Need a rider for your modern GP bike?
January 12, 2004
you know, Tamiya's rider figures are very dated, and more than a few
have asked if there were modern GP rider figures available for Tamiya's
The aftermarket company El
Oso Kits are now offering two starting grid figures to choose from.
a thumbs up and the other without. For those wanting to do an action
cornering figure is in the works. The figures are made from resin and
available from MediaMix
More details about the riders and pictures are at the El
Oso Kits product page...
TAMIYA: Surprise! Surprise! Another RC211V
January 9, 2004
Tamiya will be offering
another Honda RC211V, this time in '03 Repsol colours. The kit, #14096,
¥2,800 and will be released on February 25, 2004 in Japan.
I'm a little
concerned about the price. At ¥2,800, that will probably mean a
price of around
$64.99-69.99Cdn when it arrives on Toronto, Canada. The first RC211V
and around 49.99Cdn locally. In less than a year the MSRP has risen
¥600 on a
GP bike. The extra ¥600 seems excessive considering this kit is
variation and not an all new kit. Not a good sign of things to come.
street bike will probably exceed ¥3,000.
is the reason for ¥2,800, the kit will include photo etched parts,
shock spring and a die-cast metal clutch cover. And it will be a Limited
More details and pictures of the Respol '03 at Tamiya's
English news page...