The Yamaha builds cover a moto-crosser, a cruiser and some crotch-rockets.
The YZ250 MX, XS1100LG, YZR500, and the RZVR500R.
This is the production model of the ride that took Hakan Anderson to the 1973 250GP World Championship. The model does come with red number plate decals as well for making that detail historically correct. Maico started the long travel suspension game and altered MX permanently. Yamaha was quick to follow with their own unique approach to long travel rear suspension. Anyone who owned a ‘70s monoshocker will find assembling this kit almost like working on the original. Super detail right down to the real steel springs holding the header pipe and expansion chamber together, this one really shines (IMO) with my piano wire spokes adding the extra level of realism. This is a 1/6 Tamiya and they really know their stuff. One of the keys to making this model very authentic-looking is to use either flat, semi-gloss or gloss black as spelled out in the instructions. The rattle cans are the last word in great finishes but make sure it's in a well-ventilated area and use only Tamiya products for the best result. Regarding the clear coat, you may wish to just brush on Tamiya Clear over the decals and leave the fenders, tank and side panels the natural finish. The original was all plastic anyway (the strapped tanks were alloy) and the parts are a pretty good match straight out of the box. The clear coat brushed over the decals will allow them to stay put for decades without flaking and falling off.
XS1100LG Midnight Special
Yamaha XS1100LG Midnight Special by Tamiya 1/6 scale. This one is almost all black so bare metal foil has an easy job of making the machined aspects of the wheels really pop. Best to wear cotton gloves when assembling the exhaust to avoid marring from skin oils. Three to five coats of Tamiya clear, sprayed on in light coats to finish, will really make this model stand out. Don't forget to tap or pre-thread all the holes that have screw attachments, prior to painting, so that everything will go together easy on final assembly.
YZR500 Gran Prix Racer
Yamaha YZR500 Grand Prix Racer. 1/9 scale by Protar.
Debuted at the 1983 Tokyo Motor show, this bike was a real crotch rocket that had the braking and handling to match. A revelation for anyone who cut their teeth on a H1 or H2, this 1/12 Tamiya nicely captures the essence of one of the quickest means for losing your drivers’ license at the time.