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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:04 pm

I had to redo the springs round a q-tip, the ones I did on the cocktail sticks were to tight.
dry fit, will fit them later in the build

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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:02 pm

Bit more done.
The exhaust pipe is all chrome in the kit and isn't that bad to be fair but it should be just the cover, the rest is a matt black so I used a small amount of oven cleaner on an old brush and just worked the areas to lift the chrome then washed the part thoroughly and when dry then Black was added. The brass 1.6mm tube was cut to size and one end chamfered. The pipe on the kit part was sanded and shortened to fit inside the brass tube to hold it in place, this will be painted matt black. The spark plug looked a tad oversize so it was tweaked a little, still better than no plug at all :D
The light clusters had a second coat of Tamiya clear Red and look much better.

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The Tank and side cover were painted in Off White and a mask cut for both sides then a top coat of Vallejo Concrete of all colours :) I wanted something a little different.
The low tac mask worked ok but the edges aren't as sharp as I would have liked but this things very small for 1/12 so I'm happy, the only part I wasn't happy with was the clear coat and I used the MIG Ammo gloss and again its very different to what I'm used to using and sprays differently :think: unless its just me :whistle: :shifty: will see how it looks after a polish.

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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:04 pm

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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Mark » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:22 am

Nice progress Casper. A big plug defo looks better than no plug, but it looks ok to me. The rear shocks are a great improvement too.
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:48 pm

Thanks Mark
I sanded the tank with 6000 micro mesh and got it the best I could without taking paint off then used Klear instead, looks a bit better now.
The rear chrome rack goes together in three parts and then the rear lights and numberplate glue to it :think: it doesn't look that strong to me. Next bit is to attach all the cables and its not easy holding the bike with one hand and working with the other but I think I have an idea on how to hold it.
The headlight is all chrome so I'm not sure what to do with that yet, I will check my spares for a clear plastic one :think: The side panel has an off white centre and the Monkey decal is white :laughing-rolling: so no point in using that one :) And the Molotow chrome on the forks was done days ago and still took my thumb print so will touch those up, gives a great Finnish but takes an age to dry fully but its very handy for doing bolt heads.
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Thats better
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:10 pm

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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Morris » Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:29 pm

The extra scratch build and added parts - de-chromed and re finished parts - etc. Really set this apart - enjoying this :)
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby royjess » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:59 pm

A cracking little build so far, I'm enjoying this one too :mrgreen:
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:48 am

Thanks guys :)
A little more done today.
The rear chrome rack is very delicate and supports the rear lights and numberplate, it took me ages to get it right and after four attempts I nearly gave up :angry-banghead:
front mudguard and front indicators fitted but still :think: about what to do with the headlight glass, looks odd in chrome.
Almost done now :)
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Mark » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:56 am

Looking good Casper!
The chrome headlight glass does look odd. It would be a lot of effort and expense, but could you cast a new one in clear resin. You can get blue heat mouldable plastic to make the mould, and you can get clear resin. Not sure it’s worth the expense though.
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:04 pm

all done.
I used the chrome headlight in the end and it looks ok for this little chap :D I must have dropped this thing about ten times :lol: so I'm surprised it turned like it did :whistle:
Great fun for a small dated kit and cheap to build. paint on the engine needs touching up after picking it up so many times.
thanks for watching guys :)
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby royjess » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:51 pm

Looks like a cracking little build. Well done Casper :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:51 pm

Nice little build Casper. Looking forward to the Tamiya version now :D
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Morris » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:22 pm

Great stuff - excellent
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby number1 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:43 pm

Excellent mini bike!
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby Mustang » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:55 pm

:clap: :clap: very nice :clap: :clap:
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Re: Cheeky little Monkey

Postby casper » Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:57 am

Thanks guys for your kind comments :)
I'm pleased with how she came out apart from the mask I did for the tank, wasn't as sharp as i would have liked but to the naked eye you can hardly see it and it broke up the concrete colour a bit.
Will make a start on the 125 soon and show the difference in size and quality between the two Monkey kits but first I need to progress with my BOTY Yamaha, lots to finish.I need to start the main colour (blue) and CF decals, these will take me some time and patience but I will plod on and see how we go with that one.
thanks again for reading my diary guys, glad you liked it. :animals-chimp:
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