Italeri's 1/9 scale
by Andrew Judson
images by Brett Green
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Wow! What a kit! It is
big, and it is a Ducati. It is fantastic to see a current bike of this
type being released. Well done Italeri.
Italeri's 1/9 scale Ducati Desmosedici comprises six sprues of well
detailed parts and two decal sheets. One of these sheets covers the team
and rider markings, while the other contains the carbon fibre material.
The level of detail is very good with everything engineered as simply as
practical without compromising the authentic features of the real bike.
The sprues are coloured for the respective parts of the bike so that a
beginner could assemble the kit without paint is desired. However, the
more experience modeller can go to town with paint and detailing. Either
way, this will be a truly eye catching model when finished.
One of the things that really grabbed me was the fact that one of the
riders is former Super Bike champion, Australian Troy Bayliss who, over
the time he has been with Ducati, has helped them develop this bike into
the competitive Grand Prix machine that it is.
I knew that I had to
finish the bike using this marking option!
scale Ducati Desmosedici was very straightforward to build, with all
parts fitting well.
Even though I
built the kit straight from the box, and despite the simple kit
engineering, the detail on the finished kit looks great.
modification was to scuff up the rubber tyres slightly, as if they had
seen some time on the track!
My Ducati was
painted with Gunze Acrylics applied through an Aztek A470 airbrush. I
thinned the Gunze acrylic paint with automotive lacquers. This thinning
method delivers a smooth, high gloss that is a good representation of an
automotive finish in this scale.
The decals in
this kit are outstanding. All the markings went into place without any
hassles at all. I only needed to slice the two rear numbers to conform
to the compound curves, and used minimal Gunze Mr. Mark Softer on the
remainder of the markings.
decals were especially impressive. They are perfectly opaque, even
over the challenging bright red paint of the bike.
to the markings on the body of the bike, decals were also supplied for
the tyres, instruments and carbon-fibre texture.
I am very
happy with the end result and I am now eyeing off my 1/6 scale Honda,
also from Italeri!
heartily recommend this kit even to relatively inexperienced modellers.
Italeri for the sample kit.
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2004 by Andrew Judson
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