Building the Tamiya Yoshimura Hayabusa: step by step for novices - 1/12 scale

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For those who are motorcycles´ lovers, every Tamiya´s new release is full of expectations …and excitement. The Hayabusa Yoshimura couldn't be the exception, after the success, her "sister", the factory version, had. The goal of this article, is to make comments step by step with photos of the parts and assemblies about some modifications or additions which I'm sure, will be useful, specially for beginners.


Personally, I felt a bit disappointed, since I thought that some details, as the brakes, would be improved in a most latest model, but if we take a look at the sprues, we'll arrive at the conclusion that, a couple of years ago, when Tamiya released the first "Busa", they had already in mind they would be offering a modified model.

Preparing the parts, step by step

I think it won't be a surprise, if I say that my habit and way of working, is to have all the assemblies and parts prepared, in a first stage of the job. Once everything is ready, I paint and detail all parts, to go once again through the booklet, but this time for the building's definitive stage, that will let me arrive to the finished model

Step 1

There's not much to say about, parts have a superb finishing, almost free from flashes. I recommend to paint first, with X-1, oil filter, to mask and paint the engine later.
Tamiya recommend aluminum X16, but I think that a mix of XF16 and X11 would be more appropriated.
It's very important to have nearby X31 and X32 from Tamiya, however, X31 can be replaced with a mix of X11+X12. I couldn't get a mix to replace X32. If you use Tamiya acrylics, perhaps you'll need to mix X18 with a few drops of X21, to get a less shiny semi gloss.

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Look at the image and see how I left to part 24, a bit piece of the sprue, in order to get it held while being airbrushed. Details may be handpainted.

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