Friday, 15 February 2013

German BMW R12 in 1/72 from Zvezda

Another very nice kit from Zvezdas’ Art of Tactic series.
The motorcycle is in four pieces and six parts for the sidecar. Nice and well detailed, but I had to hide a very visible gap with tarps (from Reiver Castings).
Forgot to finish the BMW logo. Done now and not a complete success. It is sooooo small.
I strongly suggest that you paint the motorcycle and the sidecar as separate pieces. Trust me, it’s fiddly to paint the assembled model…
The driver comes in four pieces, and I found that the gaps where his arms connect to his body needed some green-stuff. The passenger is also 4 pieces, and comes integral with his MG.
Forget about painting the logo on this side when the kit is assembled...
The number plates were written with a Staedtler pigment liner 0.05 pen. I've had the pen for ages, but this was the first time I've tried it, and the result is okay I think. I need some practise though. 

As you can see it is a well detailed kit, and I’m very happy with it, but there are some things that could have been better.
Sidecar – the way the upper part of the carriage connects to the rest is less than ideal. Also the way the MG is attached to the sidecar is rather crude.
The wheels are… well…okay I guess. But they could have been better.
The chest of the figures are rather lacking detail. Can’t really figure out why. Seems to be a rather common with the Art of Tactic figures unfortunately.
They don’t wear goggles. Probably a bad idea in real life.

Coming up, a comparison of this model and the Hät/Armourfast set of motorcycles with sidecars.

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  1. More excellent work sir, really lovely!

  2. Nicely painted figs and motorcycle. I like the lip stick of the soldier in the sidecar ;-)

  3. It brought out his feminine side, and also went very well with the green collars. :-)

    1. It's not lipstick, it's the dangers of riding a motorbike without a proper helmet with face guard.
      Compare Mr Wilkinsons bloody lip: