Tamiya's 1/12 scale
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I love Tamiya kits. They always seem to just fall
together, and their bike kits are no exception.
This big 1/12 scale kit of the Suzuki RM250 has been
out of production for a long time, so I was lucky when I saw one
going on E Bay and even luckier to win it at a good price!
As with all Tamiya kits, the Suzuki was a pleasure
The bike was built straight from the box with only
the tyres given a little rough treatment with a scalpel and coarse
file to impart a used look.
The real bike used plastic for it body fairings and
mudguard. To try and duplicate that look, those parts, which were
already moulded in yellow, were polished with Tamiya polishing
compound. I think it gave that look that you see on a real trail
Detailed painting was done as per the instructions using Tamiya
When it was finished it looked great, but was
missing something. A trail bike when used gets dirty, sometimes
very dirty. So I mixed up some Tamiya putty, added some flat
Earth and some plastic cement to make up some mud. This was applied
with an old brush, all around the bike and tyres. Once dry, I
drybrushed the mud with lighter colours to give it some depth.
I hope you like my 1/12 scale Suzuki RM250. It was
fun to build. It is just a pity that Tamiya have discountinued these
kits. Maybe they will re release these and hopefully will offer some
new releases someday soon....
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