Detailing the 1/12 Tamiya Yamaha YZR M1-2004 #46

Tamiya 1/12 scale

by Nicolas Perez Fiorentini © 2007 Modeler Site

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This Tamiya kit was released in 2004, and is an accurate replica of the motorcycle with which Valentino Rossi won his 6th riders championship. Nobody thought it possible that Valentino would win the rider’s title with Yamaha in the first year after the team’s change partly because Honda didn’t allow Valentino to test the Yamaha M1, up to only three months before the World Moto GP began. When at the end of last curve of Welkom Sud Africa circuit, Rossi overtaking his rivals, he demonstrated that he still was far beyond his limits.


The model I built represents the motorcycle in the first five races of the 2004 championship. In this model I added all possible scratchbuilt details, no etched parts, resin ones…etc.

In the article below, you will have a clear explanation about how I made and added every new part, cable, electronic box,…etc

Adding details….

To start, I used as reference, the excellent pictures from the book Moto GP Racer’s Archive 2004. I marked in the instructions the things I should add to get a realistic model. First, I had thought to build my model out of the box but the great many pictures I had, tempted me to see where I could reach with no aftermarket.

Having in mind the parts I would add, I started from the end. Yes!, positioning the cowling and engine to see the room I would have for add-ons such as the small tubes coming out the right and left exhaust tubes which feeds a inside pump.

This is the part where the cowling will be attached later, the hollow it has is not big enough to room those tubes, I explained in the previous step.

With a medium drill, I had to hollow it even more.

Finished part.

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