Improving the Tamiya Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1  1/12 scale

by Roman Kepinski © 2004 Modeler Site

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Yoshimura designed and produced an "up grade" kit for the Suzuki Hayabusa. I am not going to tell the whole story about this incredible bike (everyone can read it on the Yoshimura web page) ...just how my experience went with assembly and detailing of this Tamiya model. Tamiya and quality are synonymous, you hear it is the same with this model. My first step was checking out the Yoshimura web site for ideas, reference, and suggestions on how I might want to build "MY" X1 - on one hand I was fascinating with the X1R, on the other I wanted a street bike...resulting in this custom, "MY" X1.


Improving and building

After researching the possibilities of allowed parts, I decided to replace kit wheels with 5 spoked sport wheels donated from the Yamaha Tech3. The front brake discs came from the Yamaha GP 500 OW70. Seeing my need, I quickly ordered it from HLJ. Now, waiting for the parts to arrive, I have started to prepare body. I always start the body first because it is time consuming... Gluing filling, and sanding...perfection a must.

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