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#1 Desmoquattro

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:09 PM

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Started work on the Vincent yesterday. I've stripped the hideously thick chrome off, it will be replaced with a coat of gloss black followed by Duplicolor chrome. Real Vincents don't have that much chrome, aside from the exhausts and a few details. Most of the shiny bits are in fact polished aluminum, so a slightly dull finish won't look out of place if you want to go for a realistic look.

For these bikes you can do either a gloss black engine or bare aluminum barrels and crankcase with polished cases. Either is correct, I've seen bikes with both. In my case I will stick with the black motor, it gives it a nice mean appearance that befits the "Black Shadow" name. Plus it's easier to paint without an airbrush. :)

A note on the kit - Vincents had two sidestands in addition to a ride-off rear wheel stand. In the Revell kit, the double sidestands are one piece that glues under the crankcase. It looks like a centre stand, but in fact it should be split in the centre to create the left and right hand sidestands. I'm going to leave them folded and use the rear stand, easier to show off the bike when it is bolt upright.

Amal carburettors are not chromed, as the kit depicts. They are in fact a dull bare aluminum finish, Humbrol aluminum is a pretty close match (greyish silver with a matte finish). I worked on those damn carbs for quite a while and I never encountered one that was polished, except for an add-on intake trumpet. Putting some domed gravel-catcher mesh on the intake would make a nice touch and distract from the cruddy castings...

A nice touch in the kit is a clear plastic piece for the massive speedometer. If only all kits took this lead... Aside from that the kit is not very notable for anything. The tires aren't terrible, with the correct sidewall markings (including rim size and width, something usually overlooked). The wheels look crude and the spokes are horribly thick (even worse if you leave the chrome on). Detail is reasonable on most of the kit, but a lot of parts look oversimplified. Some moderate work with styrene will fix that. I'll also detail the motor with some wiring and plumbing so it doesn't look too toylike.

The tank is a five piece work, and needs lots of filler around the seam to make it look like a single piece. Modern casting should allow a single piece moulding, but whatever. The cylinder barrels are cast in two halves, which is a pain due to the tiny air cooling fins. Glue them carefully, let them set, then use a fine file to cut the fins across the seam.

Here are some reference photos of a few Vincents for anyone who wants to tackle this kit:
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The kit:

Stripped chrome sprues
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Clear parts - note speedo glass.
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Sidewall detail
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Scary vintage Avons
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Engine
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Fixing the tank
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This will be a slow project, judging by how much cleaning up the kit parts need.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:29 PM

Nice looking kit. Good luck.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

Good luck with the kit... I'm looking forward to follow your progress.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 12:40 AM

Beautiful old bike. I am sure you can turn it into a silk purse. :armata_PDT_01:

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 01:19 AM

Ilove this bike...looking forward to seeing it built..
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Posted 25 August 2008 - 10:02 AM

It's good to see a non Tamiya kit built, variety is the spice of life LOL

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:23 PM

I've got the engine painted gloss black and the tank got it's final filling, it's ready to paint. I had some chain leftover from my 916 build so I used that to replace the horrifically bad kit chain (more flash than casting and not detailed at all).
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 09:32 PM

You've got your work cut out for you thats for sure, sounds like every Revell kit encountered.
Looks like you'll be able to add a good amount of detail. Better post pics of her when she's done.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:32 AM

So far, not too bad. I'm keeping it pretty well box stock and it's looking passable. Unfortunately my chrome paint obliterated the Vincent logos on the rocker caps, I'm a little peeved about that. The motor is 80% done now, and I'm painting the chassis bits (black, silver, repeat.) Once you strip the chrome sprues the detail on the parts is actually not bad at all - but the black sprues are pretty simple and have huge bloody tabs on them that require some careful filing to eliminate. Flash is minimal and there aren't many sink marks, as a bonus they laid out the kit well enough so none of the ejector pin marks show (I think they disguise them with bolt heads). I think if you are patient it's worth building this kit, just don't expect Tamiya level stuff. You don't really have any choice if you want a Vincent.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:49 AM

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Motor needs a light drybrush and a wash to bring out the detail a bit.
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Working on the new chain. I'm building up the chain guard with sheet styrene for some overlap. That black piece of flash is the kit chain.
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Fenders showing the Duplicolor Chrome. Looks very nice.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:26 AM

That's really nice work Desmo, the chain looks amazing. THe chrome is worthy of special notice as well. Don't forget to polish out that finger print on the engine cover :-)
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 11:49 AM

Looks nice... you already made it further than I did with that kit.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 11:53 AM

Great job...
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:10 AM

Looking good, fenders will stand out from the rest of the bike. looking forward to seeing it finnished.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 12:28 PM

CANT STAND REVELL KITS , THEY JUST SEEM SO CHEAP AND NASTY.. EVEN THE CUSTOM CHOPPERS

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:27 PM

What an improvement that chain made! Excellent work here.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 02:37 AM

Almost done, just need to glue on the seat and exhaust. Honestly this kit blows, the fit is awful in a lot of areas and some details just look terrible. I'm sick of it, I'm just throwing it together at this point. I'm not looking for an award winning build here. Gaaah.
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Posted 01 September 2008 - 02:58 AM

Pics man, we need pics :064: :armata_PDT_12:

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:41 AM

Final pics posted in the completed section.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 06:29 AM

Post more pics man.. Great job..
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