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    Default New to building

    Hi all,

    Just joined to search for tips and info on building Tamiya motorcycles.

    I've started with a 1/12th scale Ducati Mike Halewood replica as I have a passion for motorcycles.

    It's an old kit I bought off eBay - and I also ordered a brand new one from Japan - as I'm likely to stuff it up.

    Below are some images. I'm using Tamiya Acrylic and another brand (I can't remember the name - they're in plastic with a small lid, not jar like Tamiya).

    The issue I have which I believe is common, is the paint starts to dry very quickly which I think is creating more visible brush strokes than there should be.

    This is most noticed with matt and semi-gloss black. The other issue with semi-gloss is it looks really glossy in some sections and less glossy in others.

    I plan to brush everything paint use tamiya spray cans for the wheels and bodywork. I assume an airbrush is the best method, but I've never really used one before and I like the ease of painting and building an the dining room table.

    The photos are close up so they do exaggerate the issues.




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    Enjoying finer details. Sprayed rim with Tamiya primer and then gold. Applied acrylic paint to the valve stem and cap.


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    Hi,

    You are correct, airbrush is the ultimate way to go, you get the best finish possible.
    With regards to brush painting, remember an acrylic will dry faster than an enamel, so you may want to switch to them for brush painting.
    also, try and cover with as little strokes as possible and let it dry good and proper before the next coat.
    VORSPRUNG!

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    Thanks for the reply. I can't handle the smell of enamel and turps - which is why I like painting with the acrylics. I've started to work quicker and brought some better brushes which has leaped paint the engine silver.
    Flat black is the colour that I struggle the most with. If end up wanting to build more bikes I'll invest in an air-brush to do most of the work.

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    rearWheelMockUp.jpg

    I've mocked up the rear swingarm assembly. Paint and detail looks worse in the photos than it does in person! I've also played with thinning the acrylic paint, using a flat brush and I'm getting a much better finish. The red has been sprayed with a Tamiya can. I welcome tips and criticism!

    I've also purchased some small drill bits to fit my dremel so I can drill out the disc rotors.

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    Update below - learning a lot from this one, sprat paint work has come up nicely after a few goes (excuse the crappy photo), brush work can be improved and got better as I went on.
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    Never tried anything like a bike myself,looks great

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk

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    Update! Happy with the green paint - masked line is a bit obvious though.

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