Customizing a Yamaha XS1100 Tamiya 1/6 scale

by Mario Covalski © 2009 Modeler Site

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Imagine that you have a 1:1 scale motorcycle and you want to paint it in a different color than those offered by the manufacturer, or want to add some special feature or equipment, then you are creating a "Custom" motorcycle. If you use a little bit of imagination, and an old model, then you can create a "custom" model, regarding the one in the original box. But… "that model never existed"; maybe, but it does in our mind, and if we have it in our mind, it can become real at any moment.


I've been a model motorcycle fan for the last twenty years or so, specially the last models from Tamiya in 1/12 and 1/6 scales; in fact, I have built the whole collection, although not all of them are in the shelves, some of them are in plastic bags. You know what I mean, they are not in "good shape", due to the time… and the lack of knowledge at the time they were built; although at a certain moment, you have to learn how to build.


A few months ago, I had the idea of "revamping" three old models: a Yamaha 1100, a Harley Davidson 1200, and a Honda CB1100. They were in a real bad condition and my idea was to recover the Harley Davidson, because this is the only model missing in my collection. However, I decided to "do something" with the three of them and that is how the customizing idea came to my mind. So, this is a small example of what can be done with our old models, and it is fun too!!!

Today, I'm showing the Yamaha 1100 (Tamiya's kit 16017), and I'll keep showing the other two in future issues.

Photos of the models as they were in 1978

Yamaha.jpg (48743 bytes) Harley.jpg (67412 bytes) Honda.jpg (59564 bytes)

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