HONDA CX500 TURBO
Tamiya 1/6th scale model kit.
The tools, paints etc. used in construction of this model.
I downloaded photos of original bike and completed model bike form the internet.
This would give me a better idea of what the completed model should look like,
especially the minor details.
The best site I found for images of a finished model was
I intend to photocopied 1 page of the instructions at a time.
Fully completing that page before moving on to the next page.
This is the process I used for removing and cleaning parts from the sprue.
I used a pair of 4" electricians side cutters to cut each part from sprue.
Then I filed down any excess plastic with a fine rattail file.
I found using a finger is the best way to detect any remaining excess plastic.
Next I used a craft knife to get as close to the part as possible.
followed by a very fine sanding pad(used for decorating)
to remove the remainder.
Finally the area was polished with TCut(original paintwork restorer).
A very small amount rub in a circular motion for about 20 seconds?, then polished off with a clean cloth.
TCut can also be used on the finished paintwork, though greater care needs to be taken.
It's probably a good idea to start a project like this in the summer months, when there is
plenty of natural daylight for long periods of time.
I didn't and found it very difficult to paint etc. especially black paint on black plastic with a black paint brush!
in winter daylight or room lighting.
Also good eyesight and nimble fingers also help.
Last updated 4/April/2011