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crackerjazz

Yamaha RZV500R (Tamiya 1/12)

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Hi, this is an old kit of the 1983 Yamaha RZV500R -- also known as RD500LC outside Japan according to the instruction manual.   What I really have my mind set on is to build Maverick's motorcycle in Top Gun but only have this and a Honda VFR750R in my stash -- I thought I might practice on them first until I can get a kit of that bike.

 

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The ageing decals are yellowed.   I might still use them as is -- it will bring a vintage quality to it.

 

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No carburetors yet but looks great already.

 

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The semi-gloss black paint doesn't look much different from the black plastic it came in, does it?  Mikuni carburetors attached and painted.   Calling the engine done.  This must be the equivalent of the cockpit for aircraft modelers.  At least for this kit It needs to be done first before the frame halves can be closed up.    I was thinking I could just slide it in from underneath after fixing the frame halves but I couldn't as there are rods on the frame that pierce it from the sides. 

 

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I really like looking at this stuff under the body shell.  Sadly all these will largely be hidden away.   I was even thinking about fixing the seams of the headtube but the front fairing will just cover it.   

By the way, I just read this (the real bike) was never sold in the US because of EPA regulations.

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