Building the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Tamiya #14109 - 1/12 scale

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Kawasaki had high expectations for 2006 Season. The new Ninja ZX-RR was a motorcycle that had nothing to do with its predecessor. New inline four cylinder engine, higher speed, and torque. New clutch re-designed as well as the gear box to provide more power.


The aluminum chassis and swingarm were also re-designed considering the Bridgestone tires features with the aim at providing the pilots better maneuverability and good stability in braking, a weak point of the previous model. The new Ninja also received a new Olhins front fork. Summing up the ZX-RR 2006 was an entirely new motorcycle.

The Tamiya kit looks spectacular from the moment we open the box, however, I decided to add something more by using the Top Studio, Crazy Modeler detail set and accessories and SMS carbon fiber.


I started gluing the chassis and body to paint then with TS-29 and TS lime green, a Tamiya spray paint that has been especially created for use with the Kawasaki Ninja.



The engine was painted with an aluminum base color to receive then airbrushes with other metallic colors and very diluted black.



Finally, after gluing the nuts and other Top Studio accessories I gave several washes.



The air box, air intake and the small instrument panel ..etc were covered with SMS carbon fiber decals.


Next step was to prepare and place the Top Studio resin parts, the mini ECU, connectors…etc. All the wiring was reproduced with proper diameter to scale as well as the thermo shrinkable to represent the connectors caps.



The front fork was replaced with the Tamiya (front fork) set #12619 as well as the discs and calipers, spring, hubs, rivets and clips which are from Top Studio and Crazy Modeller.



The exhaust tubes were given a sliver coat and then burnt effect was created using Tamiya X-26, X-27, and X-19; finally a very light coat of TS-13 (clear) was applied. 



The back of the side fairings, and lower tray, were covered with cigarette packaging aluminum to represent the heat shield and look very real.



Finally, I applied the decal for the livery of Randy De Puniet.


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