After winning the British 500cc title on a privately entered Honda in 1984, the Honda Factory gave the Woolongong Whiz a chance to prove himself on a Factory entered RS 500 (same as the NS 500) in the Australian end of year Swann Series. He won the series and a ride in the World Championships for the factory. He won the Championship in 1987.
I dips me lid to the Tamiya Engineers. They do a wonderful job with detail and fit. I like the different Alclad finishes on the engine parts. I will do the unfaired engine in one colour though, just so I can compare the two approaches and make my mind up
Brake rotors. I am getting closer to what I want to perfect. Bike rotors get a caramel colour on road bikes but race bike steel rotors are more effected by heat and get that exhaust pipe heat signature
The disc rotors have been a little project I have set myself. The one on the left has been painted with Alclad II and rubbed down with Ushi Chrome metal powder. On the right Painted with Alclad's Hot Metal Sepia then highlighted with the violet and blue.
Damage to the decals because of a ham fisted modeller. I have reversed the colour scheme so the decals needed to be trimmed. I should have just cut the Honda and Emblem out. Good thing this was the practice tank!!
Had some issues with the decals settling and ended up with a few wrinkles. The "G"s have been made using the 6 and the 5 from the decal sheet. After another two clear coats I hope they will blend a bit better.
Peter Hardy I've got some of that, ..... somewhere? Tank is unpainted as yet. Just glued, sanded and polished. I am not at all happy with the front of the fairing. More work to fix that! I might try filling with plastic again and letting it sit for a couple of days.
3. December 2018, 22:41
Spanjaard you can do some wash with some oil colors too, take for ever to dry, but you can have any shade you want. and one tube will last for many many mamny models.... be careful with aggressive white spirits (almost eat away my NXR750). For the radiator, you can drybrush in black, and keep the aluminium color in the details. paint in back and do a wash in white for example.
by the way, about washes, i tend to use flory model ones.... impossible to harm the plastic with them. and they can be removed with water if you do not like the result.
3. December 2018, 22:52
Peter Hardy I'll 'fess up here, this is one of two to go into the same display case. One with and one without fairings. Both will be clean and polished as in a museum display. I will build and paint two fairings and use the best one. Won't be easy to do as the colours are reversed from what is on the decals.
Kerry COX In short...............Perfection.
All I will say now is...............The decals will be brittle and possibly ready to shatter. Tons of sofftner and don't scrimp. Just load it on and WAIT for it to take effect. Remember your clear glue as a lubricant Peter.
19. December 2018, 06:25
Peter Hardy And lots of spit Kez! Package arrived today. Thanks for Rodney! Lots of extras in that little box!!
Alexander G. Terriffic double build, Peter! How did I miss it?? Did you use real leather for the seat? Looks awesome! Going to follow intently, one of my next projects will be a motorcycle. I might pick up a tip or two
14. January 2019, 06:03
Bart Goesaert looking really good like this... in pic 57, don't forget to sand the attachment points of the PE-parts... something you see all too often...
14. January 2019, 08:15
Peter Hardy Geeze Bart you had me floundering then! The PE parts are the handle end of glue applicators. The exhaust springs are a HIRO stock generic item and the loop brackets are scratched together.
Alex, the seat "leather" is a vinyl off the shelf self adhesive sheet. I will PM you as I need some help with something and you are the only person in the whole wide world who can assist!
14. January 2019, 08:28
Bart Goesaert Ok, thought they ware some protection grid for the exhaust...
14. January 2019, 09:04
Alexander G. "you are the only person in the whole wide world who can assist" I don't know if I can carry this burden, Peter
Peter Hardy Long way to go to sit comfortably under that title Lode. Kez has taught me so much but I have a long way to go. Still tearing up rice paper underfoot! I will make him proud one day though, I am determined to please my Master!
15. January 2019, 07:21
Kerry COX Settle Grasshopper.
Your so far ahead of all of us in so many ways.
I felt it was just your choice of paint that failed you in the finishing department, not your skills.
15. January 2019, 07:49
Spanjaard i am sure you are pleasing Kezza already. but there somebody a lot harder to please.... yourself
16. January 2019, 10:38
Peter Hardy Still got the hard part ahead. I can't use most of the decals as they are reversed colours. Wayne's bike had blue on top with red fairing panels. Decals are reversed! We will see if I can pull it off or bury it next to the Kawasaki. Time will tell ......
16. January 2019, 10:45
Bart Goesaert where's that like button when you actually could use it for once...
16. January 2019, 10:46
Kerry COX Peter. PLEASE. Take extra care with these decals, because being as old as they are, they will just shatter if handled too much. Use all the softener you can and wait for it to take effect. I can't implore you enough on this matter.
OR, to protect them completly, spray a diluted coat of 'liquid Decal film' over the whole sheet and let dry.
Then cut the decal away when ready, cutting right up to the coloured edge.
Mine failed misserably, and that was years ago.
16. January 2019, 14:56
Peter Hardy Thanks Kez. The kits are new, the decals are Cartograph but softening them sounds like an excellent idea. I'll give it a try and PM you with any questions. There will be hundreds!
Peter Hardy Thanks Lode! Not a Master anything yet, got some problems to solve but will admit to improving bit by bit. I have some cables on the way for the next bike but I have another "little" build and then back to the Bismarck!
21. January 2019, 10:42
Peter Hardy Thanks Kim, much appreciated. Not many Mates comment on bike builds so yours is appreciated!
21. January 2019, 10:44
Bart Goesaert you are right with the out of scale cables... but otherwise it is a gem.. nice paintwork too so far...
Spanjaard Amazing job on those bikes Peter. simply excellent. about the cabling, i can suggest to check finishing shops. they have certain amount of wires, and in colors and various diameters. but you probably know that already.
how did you do the metal binders in the centre of picture 82 (the ones that hold the black pipe going to radiator)? they look real good
Peter Hardy Bart & Kerry, I just happen to be going into town this weekend and I know where a fishing tackle shop is so I will be exploring their stocks!
Laurent, If I can achieve something like you have with your NSR I will be very happy!!
Jimbo, I know you aren't a fan of bikes but you don't have to be to enjoy the visible complexity of building them. The joy is most of the detailing you put effort into stays visible. Thanks for the wrap, appreciate it.
Spanjaard, BMF supplied by KC. I have bought some since but haven't actually used it yet. Kez warned me that there is an 'art' to using it and unfortunately I am not there yet! I still approach with enthusiasm but still feel like a klutz!!! Thanks for the positive feedback, I will surprise you one day with a well built pair of KR 500s!!
21. January 2019, 22:22
Spanjaard I wonder what i was thinking when I typed finishing shops, instead of fishing shops
I am sure your KR 500 will be much better than the one I have, no doubt about it.
21. January 2019, 22:32
Martin Oostrom Kapow! This is a work of art Peter. Best one yet. More to come, so even more potential for improvement!
22. January 2019, 08:32
Peter Hardy That's a big call Marty! Too many imperfections in the paint for that but a big step forward for me nonetheless. Should be finished in a couple of weeks if I have a win with painting the fairing!
22. January 2019, 10:40
Spanjaard remember that one when we comment on your builds, Lode
22. January 2019, 23:03
Kerry COX Very well put Lode.
Peter has all those qualities, and more.
Donald Dickson II *pulls up a seat in the back* Another type of kit I have never done. Enjoying watching you guys knock them out. Making me want to get a Harley.
29. January 2019, 04:07
Bart Goesaert Awful? Looks good. Maybe a small repair in the blue, but it's not An easy area, but otherwise great work with the tape
29. January 2019, 05:08
Peter Hardy Chris and Bart, thank you for the positive comments. Getting a bit annoyed with myself with rushing to get a result I think. Welcome along Don, got a seat up here at the front mate, Marty will make a bit of room for you. Go get the Harley, but you'd better get some extra black gloss and chrome to cover your needs!
29. January 2019, 06:13
Martin Oostrom Yeah, DD2 is here! Want some beer, nuts?
Pete, sit down and do your exercises. Breathe in, breathe out, puff puff puff! Calm down and fix this thing, we all know you can do it
29. January 2019, 07:03
Kerry COX Right now, With the extreme heat wave conditions we are experiencing here. Spraying ANYTHING with any sort of paint is dicing with the devil, as most of the atomized pint would be bone dry well before it gets to the model.
Great work so far Peter.
29. January 2019, 08:03
Peter Hardy I can get it right, that's why I am doing the testing. Been raining all day here and still not a puddle on the ground. The earth is parched! Kez, I'll put a few more pics up tomorrow morning with the Italian red on the seat unit. Lode? Stop pumping my tyres! They will explode soon!
29. January 2019, 10:10
Kerry COX I have been keeping my eye on the rain fall up there Peter and imagining just how green it will all look soon.
Looking forward to the pics mate.
I am on the verge of building the Trumpeter 1/32 F-100D for the nationals in Melbourne. With all the bells and whistles too.
29. January 2019, 21:19
Chris Greathouse Can you describe the process of how you did the colors on the pipes in pic #7. That is a very interesting look and great for the bike
29. January 2019, 21:25
Peter Hardy Kez, if you're going to go, GO BIG! Our "rain" in Moranbah has been a 3 day scotch mist. No puddles on the ground but things are getting green. It'll burn off when the sun comes out though. Back to the four year drought!
Chris, the pipes have been painted entirely with Alclad II lacquers.
ALC-414 Sepia with no black base. It would be too shiny with a base.
Each colour must have time to harden or it will blend with what's already there. Not what you want so in short, patience is required.
Martin Oostrom Exhaust gasses for a modern diesel reach 600 Celsius. Not sure about the heat requirement for generating super heated steam. AND the resulting cool down up to the funnel.
Wouldn't the paint on the exterior peel off as well?
29. January 2019, 22:18
Martin Oostrom Wikipedia'd this. Firebox temp is approximately 2500C Superheater is approximately 1300-1600C. Haven't found exhaust temperatures yet. Temps are a bit higher than I imagined!
Peter Hardy Martin and Lode, I am pretty sure that the temp at the top of the funnel would be still hot but doubt it would be that hot to discolour the metal. If it was I doubt gunners would be manning gun mounts attached to the funnel.
Thomas, thanks for the encouragement mate. I have some issues as a builder which I am still to beat but some new skills are coming through. I hope I will one day be up there with you and KC!
DD II. If it isn't black it isn't a Harley. There aren't many Harley kits around so the choice is limited. I'm not a Harley fan but have a Road Train Driver here that wants me to build him one.
Bart Goesaert Cracking job... Really nice work, much harder to achieve this result then one thinks.
12. February 2019, 05:48
Peter Hardy Thanks Bart, more than a few lessons learned.
12. February 2019, 09:47
Chris Greathouse @Peter I see what you mean, that's insane! Just looking at that PE scares me lol, I'll stick to decals. (and thanks for your help on the truck, just waiting for some colors in the mail to get here to start )
Peter Hardy It's no masterpiece Lode but it is an improvement. It should be finished when I work out these HONDA decals + 2 weeks. Getting a hankering for a big German Battleship again!
13. February 2019, 03:51
Peter Hardy My own worst critic maybe but so many many problems with what I thought would be simple reversal of colours! Too much handling of the model and too much damage with glues. But, ....
14. February 2019, 07:29
Bart Goesaert everybody is his own worst critic... unfortunately... but it is still looking good...
14. February 2019, 07:39
Peter Hardy So true! Started cutting out the HONDA from the blue background tonight. Won't know how I went until the decal starts sliding off the backing paper.
14. February 2019, 12:03
Martin Oostrom After my extensive experience building Honda bikes (yes, the one), I can only say that I'm once more very impressed by your bike building skills Buddy. Sometimes a bit of stumbling improves the walking abilities. First walk, then run You are running quite fast
Michael Hickey Looking good mate, looks like you got fuel in your fuel lines from the top of the tank in pic 107 or am I mistaken and my eyes deceive me.
15. February 2019, 06:04
Peter Hardy No, your not being deceived. I have either been soaking clear tube in 2stroke mower fuel for 3 months or I bought some brown tube. Can't remember which! Lode, put your glasses on then look!
15. February 2019, 07:04
Bart Goesaert thumbs up for the Honda cutting... becoming a real masterpiece. Haven't seen it in the other pictures, but one of the coolers in front has a mold-line which is rather prominent, the other one seem to have it removed (pic 65/107/10
15. February 2019, 07:17
Kerry COX Peter. I posted a whole lot of images of the micro tubing and sizes. These may be of help.
Peter Hardy Bart, yep you caught me! I decided not to redo it because it will be behind the fairing. It is prominent though. No one in this house will give it anymore than a casual glance and a cursory "Yes, very nice dear, will you take the rubbish out now please"? Why I live and die on things like his I dunno, unless you are a modeller you wouldn't actually notice! What I have struggled with on this build is excessive handling of the model and wearing the paint.
Thanks Kez, I'll google the brand and buy in some stocks! I also thought I'd look for some braided line. I did buy some Tamiya product but it was way oversized for bikes.
15. February 2019, 22:47
Peter Hardy Jimbo, I need an arvo at your place, a few beers and a long talk on a subject dear to us both!
16. February 2019, 00:11
Michael Hickey That's alright Pete, I was reading my online news articles this morning and there was one particular article I thought humorous, the headline read a tourist wanted to know the way to DRIVE from Sydney to New Zealand. You could read the article to get the directions and meet up with old Jimbo.
16. February 2019, 03:23
Peter Hardy Not a bad idea Mick. I'll take the company fourby just in case there is a water crossing along the way. Don't want to take the Patrol over there. It'd probably get stolen. Wanna come along and drink Jimbo's beer?
16. February 2019, 04:11
Martin Oostrom Would be a nice trip. Can someone send me some directions as well? already have been to the Original zealand many times. The new one could be interesting
16. February 2019, 05:01
Michael Hickey Yeah shore mate, why not, I'm always up for an adventure, besides the more of us Aussie's at his place the quicker we'll go through his beer. Hear that Jimbo, you'd better start stocking up we're on our way.
16. February 2019, 05:29
Peter Hardy Martin, just go to the beach and turn left. I'll be down that way somewhere.
I was over there a year ago for my honeymoon. Watched a bloke pour a bottle of Alka Seltza down a hole in the ground and all this water came spewing out. He called it a geyser. Think I'd rather have just stayed in Auckland and had a beer with Jimbo.
16. February 2019, 08:17
Donald Dickson II New Zealand doesnt exist. Its just a figment. I mean they dont put it on half the maps out there.
16. February 2019, 14:58
Kerry COX And when was Tasmania set free to drift the southern Antarctic seas. :-O ?
16. February 2019, 22:38
Clifford Keesler You guys don't drink beer, it's bloody snake oil or something like that. LOL.
16. February 2019, 23:13
Kerry COX Goanna oil extract is what we like to add to our beers here. Giving our beer that extra bite. hehehehehehe
17. February 2019, 00:22
Clifford Keesler When I was in Vietnam, we used to drink this beer called Tiger Beer, it was made from rice but it tasted more like panther piss. LOL.
Kerry COX You have excelled yourself Peter.
Great determination to better every step you took.
A masterful result you can be justly proud of.
20. February 2019, 00:55
Michael Hickey You should be very happy with what you have done with these two beautiful kits. If you photoshoped these in the pits down at Phillip Island I'd swear they'd look the real deal. Well done mate, no more complaining from you how your not a top notch modeler, your up there with the best.
Martin Oostrom One, no two, of the better bikes here. The next one will be THE best!? May I suggest a Yamaha?
20. February 2019, 06:32
Peter Hardy Wow! I am humbled! Thank you all as a group of friends and also as individual fellow modellers!! A special thank you to Kerry for showing me sooooooooooooo many new techniques and to Marty and Don who have dusted me off so many times. Alec K and Chris, thanks for your support!
20. February 2019, 06:49
Kerry COX The grasshopper has attained much in self discipline.
Just what is going to satisfy you in the bike department now Peter. ?
I have seen some nice ones done by Hasegawa, especially the Rothmans Yamaha.
Hasegawa 1:12 Honda NSR500 1989 WGP500 Champion Eddie Lawson Model
Peter Hardy A short break from the bikes Kez. However I am now the proud owner of 5 KR 500s so chances it could be one of them or, one of 5 NSRs or, Kevin Magee's 88 Jam Jar. Still got another NS500 too! Decisions decisions!
Kim, let me know how the Meng kit works out, it looks interesting. Did you get the pre painted or the unpainted kit? Happy to encourage someone to try building a bike. They are so visible! You can't hide a flaw!!
Oh stop it Kerry, I'm all embarrassed! I want two sets of hands, two brains and two workspaces so I can build MORE kits! I LOVE MY HOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Spanjaard! I am, sorta. Enie meanie miney mo, which motorcycle is next to go??????
21. February 2019, 01:12
Chris Greathouse This is me too - "I want two sets of hands, two brains and two workspaces so I can build MORE kits! I LOVE MY HOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Great Bikes!
21. February 2019, 01:19
Tim Heimer Out standing work my man! O.k who did you pay to do those? LOL!
Martin Oostrom I love the hobby as well. And the mates it brings from around the globe
23. February 2019, 10:37
Peter Hardy Global village Marty, we are all related to each other. Some closer than others! We should do our usual thank you to Tim for the thousand friendships he has sponsored with his web site! Thanks Tim!