Discussion in 'Biker Build Off' started by simontie, Mar 6, 2011.
Look forward to this as I have terrorised many a London street on one of those.
The lc was a range of two strokes lc referring to liquid cooled and the powervalve being a disc valve system which opened at a certain rev range giving a 'boost' of sorts, it was something all stroker msnufacturers played with to try and even out the performance as all two stroke machines are tuned via the length of exhaust and have a narrow 'optimum' power band, the expansion chamber, (spannies), in racing circles, goes part way to tuning this, the powervalve was an additional extension allowing exhaust gas out or restricting it to build back pressure. Sadly the eurocrats have killed two strokes and very few are available new, the poor learners today have to put up with heavily restricted wheezing four stroke singles.
The rd's were available in 125 single,250 twin, 400 & 500 variants, a whole generation grew up inhaling that luxurious blue smoke and they have a real cult following now.
That particular range of Yamaha's became affectionately known as Elsies and are highly sought after. Mainly because most of them were thrashed to within an inch of thier lives so good condition ones are very hard to find.
Well not on rd's, i was always a kawasaki fan.
350lc were a hand full never owned one but drove a couple smooth as a kangaroo no happy medium it was all or nothing and the power band used to kick in whenever it felt like it funny times great memories
Never had problems with smoothness, mine ran fine and the power was right there where I wanted it.
Soooooo Hows thing on the build front? Any news?
Story so far !
Hi sorry to take so long to get things moving I had planned to start 3 weeks ago but due to the very sudden death of my brother in law I had to put it on hold, it was a very sad time for all of us, he had just turned 50, so as a result I have decided to dedicate the builds to his memory.
Ok that said here’s where I am.
Picture 1 is the forks I bought from Hong Kong.
Picture 2, 3 & 4 is the main components normally I put these together first out of sequence with the instructions because I air brush the built up parts where I can i.e. the engine block, frame & fairings this allows you to fill and prime these part’s then after they have dried off to mask and spray the different tones required, the body work is always last on the instructions and personally I like to put them together first. This allows you time to fill rub down prime and paint over the length of the build if its left till the end you sometimes find you rush into it and settle for second best just to complete,
Never built 2 at the same time before but finding it interesting once you tackle the first assemble the second is a piece of cake mainly because you have crossed any bridge’s that have been placed before you.
these are all first fix i have done no filling or painting as yet
sorry to read the bad news. I hope that you and your families are well you have my condolences.
Good to see you back at the build board. Looking good so far.
18-04-2011 this weeks progress
Primed the engine and frame on the metal components, I tend to use a silver primer this give the base a metalic touch.
The body work and panels that I have ready. I primed with white to help bring out the top coat
Also I have managed to do some of the engine components and the block itself, still work to do on them but getting there slowly.
Week end Up date
Week end up date
Finished the engine block and components, primed the body work using fine surface primer, then top coats as required, black ts29 & ts14 yellow ts45 pearl white ts47 these are just the first coats.
Question of you experienced modellers do you clear coat before the decals or after?
With military models they generally have a matte finish so a gloss varnish before decals is beneficial, not important if you're gloss coating a model first though.
Sorry to hear of your news but nice to see you jumping in with these, i'll be watching them progress as i'm sure many others will.
These are going to look good parked up next to each other.
thanks for your best wishes it is much apriciated
managed to get the body work sprayed and finish is really good so i have boxed it and will leave to harden off allso in picture's the completed engines
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