It's not just Tamiya
that makes 1/12 scale bike kits: Hasegawa do a few now but so does lesser-known
manufacturer Aoshima - for some reason producing older (mostly Japanese)
classics and others like this Kawasaki which was a highly competent motorcycle
in its day but not really so special. I like these Aoshima kits because they are
generally well-produced and somewhat more economical than comparable Tamiya
I like to modify my bike kits at
least a little - pretty much as riders might their real machines. This kit had
its silencer and rear fender cut down; replacement "straight"
handlebars fitted, and mirrors discarded.
All paints were Tamiya acrylics. All cables were replaced with anything I could find that looked more in-scale. The (empty) beer can in the last picture was given to me in an IKEA store here in Nanjing, China as a sort of promotional thing. It was then full. It was good beer though, of course, I am not in any way really suggesting that beer and motorcycles should necessarily go together. Heaven forbid.
Photos and text © by Greg Kerry