- Published on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 06:30 Nick Mayhew
Build Review – Part V
This is the fifth instalment of my walk-through build of Tasca's 1/24 German Motorcycle Zundapp KS750 with Sidecar, kit #24-004. The initial review and sprue shots are here; whilst Part IV of the build can be found >here<. We have almost finished the bike part of this build, and in this section we will add the front forks as well as some finishing touches to the engine.
Step 9: Muffler Assembly
As I mentioned previously, I had chosen to do a few things out of step, in order to make things easier, so this should really be title 'Seat Assembly'. The seats are nicely shaped, and the rear one has a support spring moulded in plastic which looks very good.
I found that the front sit, which remains 'hinged', to be a very tight fit into its slot just behind the fuel tank – make sure you don't force it too much.
The seat seemed to sit a bit high, perhaps tilted forward too much, but after staring at for a while I decided it was fine. Now we come to the small metal springs provided by Tasca: they look, well, like real springs! The problem with things like this is that they are usually way too strong ie the seat in plastic (and even with a figure on top) weigh practically nothing, so I was looking very carefully to see if they needed gluing down a bit (although how I was going to do that I had no idea). Here they are just resting in place:
And then with the seat hinged down – it looks bad, but it is just the angle the springs are at, rather than the height, which is the important factor.
I glued the springs to the chasis using CA glue, and whilst that was hardeing, I attached the rear seat bracket. There was a fair gap between the bracket and the mudguard to which it should be attached. However, given the guard was still very 'springy, I just pressed the guard up to the bracket, and used some quick setting CA glue.
The rear seat was then attached, and a dab of CA glue was used to attached the seat to the top of the springs, and get the sit right.
The final part of Step 9 involves attaching the number plate, rear light and brace for the mudguard.
Step 10: Handle Installation
The bike is nearly complete now. Before we attach the front forks, there are a few small detail parts to attach to the engine.
You will need to look up underneath the fuel tank to see the location point of part A50 – this took me a while to realise (oops). Parts A9, A10 and A52 are nicely moulded and very delicate. I think ultimately the rods would be better represented by turned brass etc – plastic just cannot do this type of parts justice I think. Still, after clean up, I do think they look quite good.
Now we come to those front forks. If you recall, they are left unglued and unhinged where they will attach to the main chassis:
They simply slide up into the hole provided in the main frame – I used a pic vice to make the hole just a little wider, but I think that was because I spilled some glue in an earlier stage.
And that is pretty much it for the bike! The side panniers need to be added, but that comes later. Next we will turn our attention to the side car and its frame, but I have to say that, my dubious modelling skills aside, the bike really does look very convincing – I hope you agree?
With thanks to the team at Tasca for the review sample.