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  1. Dan Vadas

    Yamaha MT-01 by Dan Vadas - CARD

    There are three sections in each of the two barrels, and 17 rows of fins in each barrel. Cutting,folding and gluing the fins took the best part of two days : Danny
  2. Fixed . A tip for those who don't know - don't simply hit the "Quote" button when replying as it copies the ENTIRE post to the reply. If you want SOME of the original post in your reply - highlight the appropriate passage (Shift + Left or Right Arrow or drag with your Mouse) and click the little "Quote Selection" button that appears. BTW - you can Edit your OWN posts if needed. Back to you Ed , Danny
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    Yamaha MT-01 by Dan Vadas - CARD

    Thanks guys. Denis, I doubt you did much wrong on yours, it looks great in the pic . I've made the tail-light/rear mudguard assembly : Now to start the motor. This has 13 pages of parts, so it may take a while. Danny
  4. Hi all, this is the start of my latest Card model- a Yamaha MT-01, which was built between 2005 and 2012. As I did with the other Yamaha (YA-01) I built this will be a very truncated Build Log, consisting of pics of the major stages. Here's a pic of how it will look (hopefully ) : I started this one by building the wheels to see if I would carry on with the build. If you saw my YA-01 the wheels were the hardest parts to build, and didn't turn out 100% on that one. This time they turned out a LOT better, not perfect due to the tags, but still good enough to keep going . The design, being mag wheels, was different to the spoked wheels of the YA-01. Here are some pics of the wheels : My method of fitting the last part - a band in the middle of the tyre. I glued extra card between the tags to get them the correct distance apart and stabilise the whole unit, which had significant distortion and stress before I added them : Punching out the cooling holes in the twin disc rotors : The completed front wheel : And the HUGE rear wheel. I'm fairly happy with the way they turned out, so the build will continue : The two wheels for comparison : Danny
  5. The model is now finished. I coated it with clear gloss from a rattle can. I'll build a stand for it, as it's rather difficult to pick up without damaging anything. The actual stand on the model is rather fragile - I've broken it several times already, but I managed to glue it back together each time. Next model will be another Yamaha - the MT-01 (2005 - 2012) model. I've already made a start on it, and I'll post some pics shortly. Danny
  6. Next up is the hardest part of the whole build _ the wheel/tyre combinations. If I'd have done these first I wouldn't have continued with the build. The design is very poor to say the least (it's much improved on other motorbikes in this series) and I'm not very happy at all with the way they turned out. But it is what it is - I won't be re-making them. Here are some of the pieces for one of the wheels : As this model Yamaha has spoked wheels rather than the mags of later models work starts with a "frame" that holds the hub and spokes. Why they chose that horrible aqua colour is a mystery, it gave me a bit of grief later on. If they were light grey it would have been a lot better : Once I'd finished the spokes, for which I used mercerised cotton, the temporary spokes were cut off : That was all the progress pics I took - the following post has the pics of the finished model. Danny
  7. It's been a long time since I updated this log, but I've actually done quite a lot as you'll see. The battery in my old camera failed and it took me a while to find a replacement . The fuel tank is finished, although I had to cut off a couple of pieces, re-print them and glue them back on which I did after taking these pics : The chain took a while to make, but I'm really happy with the results. I only glued on the front and rear sprocket pieces at this stage, the straight bits came after the engine was fitted to the frame : A few of the smaller pieces. This is the piece that made up the gearshift pedal : The carburettor and fuel filter : The rear mudguard. It is lined on the under side, the same as the front guard : The rear rack : And finally for this post - the exhaust header pipe :
  8. You will definitely need a few stealers because of the bluff bow. You might have gone a bit far with the upper planks already, but it will give you a good indication of where to start adding the stealers with the 2nd planking. Pretty good job so far . BTW - I always start my planking from the keel (garboard plank) and work toward the wales. Danny
  9. Absolutely . This is very true, especially on hull skins and the like. Once you crease a piece it's almost impossible to get it out again. More than likely, but I wouldn't bother too much. I don't use it for anything other than gluing Photo-etch. I use PVA glue exclusively, an acid-free Craft Glue that's a fair bit thicker than wood glue. It comes in various brands, mine is "Mont-Marte" and is available in Craft stores (which may be a problem in Darwin , but try Spotlight at this address : Jape Homemaker Village, Tenancy 7E, Bagot Road, Millner, Darwin. My local ones have a good selection of Craft supplies). Danny
  10. More than likely, if they are a problem or nuisance. Danny
  11. Hi Richmond, You have gone way beyond "the contract" with the hull framing. It's not necessary to clear-coat it for one thing - save that for the visible pieces. A common problem with some kits. If you do another card model after this one, consider using Laser-cut framing if available - it saves a LOT of work, and is reasonably priced. A solution would be to fill the entire bow/stern section with card or balsa and sand to shape. I would be avoiding foam (although I've never actually tried using it). If there are any unstable bulkheads then glue some extra card between them longitudinally. DO NOT glue the hull skins to these. You can bring the extra card bracing out to the (inner) level of the skin to help with avoiding accidental crushing when picking up the model, but leave it unglued from the skin. When I first started card building I glued extra card to the faces of the bulkheads for a larger gluing surface. This proved to be a mistake, as you need to use as little PVA as possible to avoid the "starving cow" effect. The glue tends to pull the skins inward alongside where it meets the bulkhead. 1.5mm thick bulkheads are more than adequate for gluing two sections of hull skin together, even though they may not look like it at first. You will get better at gluing thin card edge-to-edge as you gain practise. Danny
  12. I'm using Matte Photo Paper - 170gsm weight, which measures at 0.25mm thick. Danny
  13. A couple more steps in the build - the Fuel Tank, Drive Chain and Engine : The tank still needs a couple of pieces to be added before it's finished. I need to re-print a page for one part, which I'll do when I get more photo paper : The drive chain comes in several sections, and takes some cutting. It's actually easier to make than it looks : The curved sections of chain need to be squeezed in and glued between the links : The Engine took me three days to build. The crankcase hasn't turned out too bad, considering the different sections in it : I fitted the forward section of chain before gluing on the R/H crankcase cover, it would have been impossible later on : Danny
  14. Dan happy birthday celebrate it with gusto:cheers::36::champagne-2::champagne::champagne-popping-smiley-emotic

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      Dan Vadas

      Thanks John, I will :D.



  15. Happy birthday! Cristi

    1. Dan Vadas

      Dan Vadas

      Thank you :).


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