Aoshima Kawasaki 900Z1


Tervo
10-28-2009, 02:54 PM
Hello

Let's introduce my next project, which I've been working on for a few days. This is Aoshima's Kawasaki 900Z1, my first experience with Aoshima, and I must admit, that the quality of (at least the elder kits) these is not compatible with Tamiya's. Lots of puttying, and very noticeable errors on the appearance of the model.
Not much done, just assembled the main parts of the engine, primed the larger parts and painted the green parts with Zero paints Kaw16B, which is *supposed* to be the green of 900Z1. Unfortunately this is my first disappointment with Zero paints, the color is not even from the same planet I imagined.
Here are the pictures.

http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4811.jpghttp://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4811.jpg

The engine assembled, note the huge step on the cooling fins, on both sides of engine.

http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4851.jpghttp://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4851.jpg

Primed with red, still some errors on the cooling fins.

http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4855.jpghttp://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4855.jpg

Fuel tank and the rear cowl painted green, missing clear and decals.

Comments, as usual, are welcome!

Seventyseven
10-28-2009, 05:48 PM
Dude, this is going to be awesome! don't worry about Aoshima, I'm a huge fan, as they have a great range of cool bikes! The slight difference of quality is worth it.

Keep it up, looking forward to see progress!

ben_gsr2s
10-31-2009, 11:59 AM
will follow this..
sure turn out great..

what was the error on the cooling fins?

i agree on quality of Aoshima older kits, but as seventyseven said, they did produce a great range of cool bikes... so, no prob. for me..

sportracer02
11-01-2009, 02:38 PM
Nice start, IŽll follow this

Tervo
11-02-2009, 01:19 PM
what was the error on the cooling fins?


Problem is, that the cylinder block is made out of four parts, and there was quite a huge step with them. Lots of sanding and opening with an etched saw afterwards the bottoms of the fins.

Small progress here. Toned the green parts a bit towards yellow with colorless basecoat mixed with greenish gold. Not a great difference, and not near the true color. Laid the first coat of 2K clear over the painted parts, now waiting for decals.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4863.jpg
http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4860.jpg

http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4863.jpg

Roca46
11-05-2009, 11:10 AM
This bike is coming really nice!

I like that colour.

Looking forward for the next update.
Roca.

Tervo
11-05-2009, 11:22 AM
Looking forward for the next update.
Roca.

Here is to you, Roca! A quick update after the decal job, just before clear coating. Currently the parts a curing after the (hopefully) final clear coat. Have to get back to the engine!

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4864.jpg
http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4864.jpg

Roca46
11-05-2009, 11:34 AM
Wow!!

The combination of the green with that yellow decals are perfect!! I couldn't find any other colour to fit that green.

Fantastic!

Keep on working! :wink:

Roca.

Tervo
11-15-2009, 04:10 AM
Slow progress with the engine. Painted the engine block with Alclad aluminium. De-chromed all the side covers and carburettors, then primed with Tamiya sme-gloss black. Painted all the side covers with polished aluminium and the starter cpver with chrome.
The carburettors were painted with magnesium, the bowls with polished aluminium and the tops with chrome.
Still have to pick up the "DOHC" badges with silver and some bits of the carburettors with brass.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4875.jpg
http://koti.welho.com/tsalmin6/Mallit/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/img_4879.jpg

Roca46
11-16-2009, 12:33 PM
Coming really nice! I like those colours!
Any updates?
Roca.

HiBoy
12-15-2009, 03:54 AM
-I love this Kawasaki. I have one mounted and two to assemble. I can appreciate. I will follow to the end.:smile:

Tervo
01-22-2018, 09:43 AM
OK, folks. Time to dig a thread that was started over eight years ago! Lost my motivation, when I should have started the assembly of the spoke wheels. But now, when I noticed that Hasegawa has made a Suzuki GT380, which is a must to have for me, it was time to start to practice making of the wheels.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0198.jpg

This is about where the kit was left, wheels de-chromed, and now I cut 2cm pieces from the B-string of my guitar, and started making some spokes.
At the same time I cut the spokes off the rim and hub and painted them with AK Xtreme Metal.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0207.jpg

And then assembling it all together. I started with four extra-long spoke, just to keep everything together, and then installed all the others to one side, and glued them to the hub.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0208.jpg

And when one side was ready, I turned it over, and made the other side.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0211.jpg

Sounds easy, but actually that took several hours!

Now I have to do the same modification to the front wheel. Let's hope that it will not take another eight years!

Tervo
02-05-2018, 12:10 PM
Surprise! It didn't take another eight years, just a couple of weeks. Now I have two wheels, tires on, and test-fitting the swing arm. Looks to be OK.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0214.jpg

Rockyonsan
02-06-2018, 01:55 AM
The Aoshima's Kawasaki 900Z1, my first experience with Aoshima, and I must admit, that the quality of (at least the elder kits) these is not compatible with Tamiya's. Lots of puttying, and very noticeable errors on the appearance of the model.
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Tervo
02-06-2018, 09:55 AM
Agreed, but it is better to have a poor kit than no kit at all!

Tervo
02-09-2018, 10:32 AM
Slow progress. Dry fitting the rear wheel and swing arm to the frame. Noticed that it is not good to keep a model in box for eight years. Left side bolt for chain adjustment had broken, so had to replace it with a new. Also noticed that the reaction bar for the rear brake is missing, either I have lost it, or it has been missing from the beginning. Fortunately, it is just a plain bar, so easy to fix. Now I have been painting the unstripped chrome parts with Alclad, hope to show some results in near future.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0215.jpg

Tervo
02-10-2018, 12:15 PM
When I grow up, I'll be a Superbike!

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0218.jpg

Tervo
02-13-2018, 10:48 AM
Getting there, already on two wheels!

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0265.jpg

Tervo
02-14-2018, 01:43 PM
All the parts are now painted, but quite a few still need to be glued on.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0275.jpg

Tervo
02-15-2018, 09:36 AM
Continuing my monologue :) Next one will be in completed -section.

http://ts18056.kapsi.fi/Projektit/Kawasaki%20900%20Z1/slides/IMG_0279.jpg

CapriRacer
02-16-2018, 08:21 AM
This is one of those rare model builds where the fact that this is a model is very difficult to discern. Even the metalflake in the paint seems in proportion.

Good job!

ben_gsr2s
02-17-2018, 09:35 AM
Nice one..
:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: it really takes you 8 years to revisit this.. but overall i can say very satisfying

JimboCO
03-26-2018, 09:59 PM
fantastic build. thanks for sharing.

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