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Tamiya 1/12 Ducati Panigale S - Tricolore Ed.
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 09:50 AM UTC
Gabriel, watching your build has been like watching a documentary of the master craftsmen building the real thing!

Just amazing!
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Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 04:01 AM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE
Since I am off today I decided to tackle a couple of fiddle bits. First off, the calipers for the brakes:


Setting those 'brembo' decals in place was an interesting experience. Overall I am pleased with the way it looks but I think a very light oil wash is needed for the wheel details

I added the gas tank cap and I finished detailing (not visible in this picture, but the gas tank has a black semi-gloss trim underneath as part of the motorcycle's frame):


I also sprayed / primed some other bits... working on detailing them. More updates soon!
Cheers!
Gabriel

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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

I kept dealing with all sorts of details, with mixed results...

UPDATE
Here's a small speed bump:
The halves of the front fender fit together perfectly, but I managed to make a small chip where I removed the injection gate. Initially looked minuscule on the bright white plastic, but after priming looked very conspicuous. Also I didn't particularly liked the way I've got the primer on, and I decided for a more radical solution:


After sanding I have discovered that my intuition was correct: the surface wasn't perfect at all and I couldn't have ignored it, because it's in a very visible eye polarizing spot :


As said earlier, I really need the trolley to support my model now and I went ahead and painted it yellow, applied the decal and sprayed the clear coat over it. And that's the good news:


The bad news is that I've tried to use Tamiya X22 and I'm not too fond with the result:


I might have a little problem here. The urethane that I normally use for clear coat is a little yellowish. I love the effect - it looks like an amber warming filter - but I cannot applied over ultra-bright white. I use Krylon white as my default enamel white, and that one is also a little towards ivory, but for this model I chose ultra-bright base from Rust-oleum and my trials have shown that the urethane is quite visible over it. And I have not so many options. I still have loads of Pledge but I don't really want to go back yo it unless is absolutely necessary and X-22. X-22 and I aren't the best friends. I've tried about everything with it, but... bad results every time. I don't know if is me or Caribbean climate (most certainly me), but I don't want to risk this particular model with dubious quality. I have on the way Alclad Klear Kote and I better wait for it another week or so. I still have a few things to do before wrapping up this build, so there's not big drama.

Another little thing I managed to do is to apply the decal over the dash:


Tamiya offers two variants:


I chose the dark version (night mode?) because the cover of the feature emanating from this build will show the Panigale against a city at night (maybe Sidney, Michael?) and I find black background more adequate.

Meanwhile couple of other parts are drying after today's spraying session, so you should expect more updates soon.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM UTC
Jesper, thanks! The quality of detail on this kit makes painting so much easier!

Russell, just about there, indeed. And now a step closer, with the following

UPDATE
I have installed the wheels. I know, last update I was bragging about installing the front brake lines, but I forgot I still have to assembly and paint the calipers! Du-uh



Only now with the wheels installed I realize that this is a rather big model - and it's still growing.

I've shown you last time the assembled race stand - it's primed now but I'm not going to paint it gunmetal as Tamiya calls for - I'll use the same yellow I've used for the suspension spring - just to add some chromatic balance for the pictures to be taken with the completed model. And the wheels of that trolley thing are molded in clear to replicate the silicone wheels of the original. On my yellow stand, they did a mistake and put black silicone wheels! Don't you believe me? Wait and see...

More updates in the making!

Cheers!
Gariel
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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 09:40 AM UTC
nearly there now Gabriel!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 05:11 PM UTC
Looks amazing Gabriel. Very sharp.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 01:15 PM UTC
Russell, thank you for following the build closely and for your permanent support. It helps!

UPDATE

I started attaching the brake lines provided by Tamiya as plastic(?) tube. A little fiddly, because the diameter of the tube is really small, but once installed looks very nice with the visible flaring, just like the real thing!




I painted and assembled the fork. I was so absorbed in by build that I forgot to take pictures with the progress on it, but here it is, ready assembled to the frame:


You might have noted some uneven surface on the top part of the fork on the gold painting in the previuos picture. That is residue from the masking tape. It's not the first time when that happens to me with Tamiya 18mm tape (never with 10mm!). THe truth is it was very hot these days in Sint Maarten and I guess it have something to do with. The glue marks can be wiped with IPA so no worries after all



I went ahead and put together the front mudguard and the racing stand. I don't really like the motorcycles displayed on racing stand, but I need it for support during the handling



As the muffler cans, the front mudguard it's a little of a letdown from Tamiya, because the Tricolore edition comes with carbon fiber mudguard as default and this it's shown clearly on the box art! The kit doesn't offer decal for that and I have no spares Not a deal breaker, but it would have been nice to have the option. I'll try do do a surrogate (smoke over chrome or something like that - I know, I'm begging for trouble again!)

That's the actual status, folks! Thank you for following!
The next steps: adding the brake lines to the front and installing the wheels!

More updates in the making!
Cheers! Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 10:02 PM UTC
Stunning!
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Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 02:57 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

I absolutely love the way this model was engineered: it builds itself in tri-dimensional layers around the engine.

UPDATE
I finished basically the core construction. All details around the engine block / frame are in place:




If Tamiya engineering is as close to perfection as it can be, I am not:
I forgot to paint this little bugger (it carries also a decal):


Fortunately it's an external detail and can be added at this point without any kind of trouble.

Next pit-stop: adding a couple decals and three lengths of hose. I should also think of building the racing stand because now it's impossible to touch the assembly without endangering the details.

I have primed the fork's parts but I'm gonna need a couple of day to finish them because three different metallic colors are involved.

Thanks for following!
More updates in the making!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 08:45 AM UTC
Hi, Lee. You couldn't have spend your money wiser! I'm a big amateur of super-detailed kits like ICM, old Dragon, recent MiniArt but nothing compares with those Tamiya kits in regard to detail amount / number of parts. It's like magic!

Ciao, Luciano! I have mentioned at the beginning of the blog the black edition but for some reason I thought it was Tamiya's own upgrade set. Now I realize I was in the wrong - it's an after-market set but it looks darn good, I must say! I would gladly build that one too! And thank you very much for your interest and for taking your time to leave a reply!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 05:33 AM UTC
Beautiful work Gabriel, I've been following along quietly in the back on your build as I also have this kit in the stash along with a couple of other Duc's.

I've been thinking of getting another as I found a company that do an all black Senna limited edition decal set.
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Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2018 - 03:20 AM UTC
To quote an old song: that is a mean motorscooter and a bad go-getter! Got me one of these on order (and a non-tricolore in my stash) so I'm watching this with great interest!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 10:43 PM UTC
Michael, thank you very much. I have to say that I can't stop WOW-ing myself as the build progresses. Please see the following pics for another examples of tremendous Tamiya engineering!

UPDATE
The chain protection and swing arm added to the sprocket assembly; the swing arm remains movable after assembly:


The whole sub-assembly bolted to the engine frame. Again, the articulation remains workable after the model is completed. I'm not a huge fan of assembling with screws, but I have to admit that the procedure has its benefits:


The same assembly from the opposite side:


I went ahead the instructions and assembled the front wheel; I was just curious to see how the finished assembly will look and I wasn't disappointed:


Two more sub assemblies glued together and readied for painting / detailing. Tamiya shows again highest engineering class. And more yet, although the sub-assemblies look devilishly intricate, they are very simple to put together:


Thank you for following.
Working already on the next update

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 09:59 PM UTC
Gabriel,
Russ is right, that engine looks pretty close to the real thing. Tamiya have done a great job on the moulding and painting skills have really made it standout. Looking forward to getting all hooked up.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC
My pleasure Gabriel.

Thank you for sharing your build!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 01:52 PM UTC
Russell I take this as a huge compliment that humbles me deeply. For me that's the very essence of modeling: make the things look real!
Thank you very much for your feed-back.

Gabriel
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 10:08 AM UTC
It just looks so real
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 02:44 AM UTC
Hi, Jim! Thank you for your kind words. The thickness of the rotors are reason for slight concern: 1mm in 1/1 scale which render them huge in scale translation. At this point some PE parts will really make the difference. On the positive, the over-scale effect can be seen only when the motorcycle faces directly at the viewer, which is a rather unusual angle...

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2018 - 03:32 AM UTC
Very nice job on the drivetrain. It looks great. Drilling out the brake rotors is a nice touch. How think are they?

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM UTC
Thank you, Russel!
Yes, the engine is a stunning feature from Tamiya, as the following pictures illustrate:

UPDATE

The radiator and the radiator hoses added to the core assembly:


The whole assembly really looks busy, and that isn't all yet: I'm still working on additional details!


The chain and sprocket attached - this sub-assembly carries several other details which I am working on right now:


Thank you for following!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 10:10 AM UTC
The engine looks great, Gabriel!

I like how you've drilled out the disc brakes too!
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Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 03:20 AM UTC
OK, guys!

Managed to finish almost all my chores around the house and time has come for a new update:
Mufflers and the front box frame added; another trademark Ducati design, the engine block is incorporated into the frame:


One might guess already based on this picture only how aggressive this bike looks on the road...


I am a little reserved regarding how good the attaching screws look on the finished model, but let's see...


Side note I have noticed that Tamiya got wrong the mufflers and the exhaust pipe ends. On the original motorcycle they're not squarish like here, but plainly round. More yet, the Tricolore edition distinguish itself of Panigale S by new muffler cans (available for S as a separate update set) which reportedly give the engine an extra 25 bhp reserve! And the original Tricolore muffler cans really stand out - Tamiya omitted that. For me it's not a deal breaker by any means but for rivet counter can be pretext for a (justified) tantrum!

Brake disks: well, they look good as they are...

but I couldn't resist getting them drilled out


with all the afferent mess

Did I told you I just cleaned my bench? Oh well...

I just did some black pre-coating for some metallic paints on other sub-assemblies so stay close: more updates soon!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018 - 08:53 PM UTC
KSO , you're right about the black trim and I have considered that when decided to trade time against looks

Russel, thanks, mate! The model it's way to good to be treated disrespectfuly

Now, guys, I am in a two days break because I really need to put some order on my modelling desk. I also bought a new set of lights that need to be tapped into my desk's labyrinthine wiring but I'll be back with a couple of pictures as soon I get the chance to spray some clear coat on the mufflers, wheels and the gas tank support. I'm almost ready for the first screws.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC
That's some sweet looking paint work Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 09:25 PM UTC
Nicely done. Looks like you handled those decals just fine. Glad you used them because there are also the fine black lines on each side of the red.