Honda is the manufacturer of which I have built the most models. They include the CB750, the CB750F, the indestructable CT70, the CB72, the 350CC 6 cylinder Gran Prix Racer, the NSR500R, and even the venerable 750cc engine.
Honda CB750 Road Racing 1969 Daytona 200 winner ridden by Dick Mann. 1/6 Scale Tamiya with clear coat over original plastic color. Piano wire spokes replaced the original plastic ones. Just a joy to build, as is the case with most everything in the Tamiya line. Now available from Tamiya as a semi-assembled Premium model with a suggested MSRP of $801 USD$.
Honda CB750F 1/12 scale by Tamiya. This model takes a huge leap forward in realism if bare metal foil (chrome) is used to accent the wheels and aluminum accents the rotors. Decals are included to allow finishing in either red, black or silver. Very thoughtful for those wanting a miniature replica of their original ride. 1/6 Version in silver is on the right.
Dax 1/6 Scale by Tamiya. Known in Canada as the CT70, this one is like Frampton’s album of the time (ubiquitous and omnipresent). Packing more fun per pound than just about anything else, it was virtually indestructible and could be run at peak rpm’s for hours on end and reward its owner with sterling reliability. Folding bars for trunk storage just sweetened the deal even more. The plastic is molded in the original colour and Tamiya clear coat really brings it to life after the decals are applied.
Honda CB72 Super Sport 1/8 by Revell. The major gripe here, as with most products by this brand, is the chrome. Be prepared to vacuum up flakes of the stuff as you scrape areas of plated surfaces in preparation for gluing. It detracts from an otherwise appealing build with a precision level not as good as Tamiya but still producing a nice finished product. Wire spoke wheels added for realism. Tamiya masking tape to cover the pipes and tanks sides is recommended to prevent the marring of chrome by skin oil, glue and handling.
6 cylinder 350CC Gran Prix Racer
Honda 6 cylinder 350CC Gran Prix Racer by Protar in 1/9 scale. A stunning example of HP = RPM Squared, Soichiro Honda really provided Gran Prix spectators with an delightful soundtrack while the frame provided its riders with all the excitement they could handle.
Honda NSR500R 1/12 Scale by Tamiya. These are done in the livery for Nicky Kinoshita and Freddie Spencer. Bare Metal foil help enhance the detail of these fine kits.
Protar NSR500R 1/9
Honda NSR500R 1/9 Scale by Protar.
Honda CB750 Four
Honda of Japan introduced the CB750 motorcycle to the US and European markets in 1969 after experiencing success with their smaller motorcycles. The bike was targeted directly at the US market after Honda officials, including founder Soichiro Honda, repeatedly met with US dealers and understood the opportunity for a larger bike. Under development for a year,the CB750 offered two unprecedented features, a front disc brake and a transverse straight-4 engine with an overhead camshaft, neither of which was previously available on a mainstream, affordable production bike. These two features, along with the introductory price of US$1,495 (US$9,475 in current money), gave the CB750 a considerable advantage over its competition, particularly its British rivals. Cycle magazine called the CB750 "the most sophisticated production bike ever" upon its introduction. Cycle World called it a masterpiece, highlighting Honda's painstaking durability testing, the bike's 120 mph (190 km/h) top speed, the fade-free performance of the braking, the comfortable ride and excellent instrumentation. The CB750 was the first modern four-cylinder machine from a mainstream manufacturer, and the term superbike was coined to describe it. The bike offered other important features that added to its compelling value: electric starter, kill switch, dual mirrors, flashing turn signals, easily maintained valves and overall smoothness and freedom from vibration both underway and at a standstill; later models (1991 on) included maintenance-free hydraulic valves. The bike remained in the Honda lineup for ten years, with sales totaling over 400,000 in its life span. The CB750 is sometimes referred to as a Universal Japanese Motorcycle or UJM. The Discovery Channel ranked the Honda CB750 third among the top ten greatest motorbikes of all time.
Honda 750cc Four Cylinder Engine
Minicraft 1/3 scale Honda 750cc Four Cylinder Engine. While advertised as having moving internals, I found that static display allowed finer matching and finishing of the joints. Great conversation starter. As one U.K. motorcycle manufacturer representative said in the early 70s “We aren’t worried about the Japanese. They are just making customers for our large displacement road burners.”
Honda Gorilla 50cc 1/6 Scale by Tamiya.