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Tamiya Repsol Honda RC213V

Honda Repsol RC213V
Tamiya No. 14130
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, light gray, clear
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $58.00
Pros: An almost completely new MotoGP kit, fork set available.
Cons: Tricky to mask and paint; complex gas tank; air intake area.
As a MotoGP fan, it is always exciting when Tamiya releases a new motorcycle kit. Its newest release is the dominating Repsol Honda RC213V  from the 2014 season, ridden by Marc Marquez. The young rider won 13 of the 18 races that season, with an incredible 10 in a row, aboard this bike.

Although similar to the previous RC211V Honda kits, this version has been completely updated to match the bike as it ran in 2014.

’ve built quite a few of these kits, and this was the most challenging one for me to put together. It is more complex than previous bikes, and it also has a more-difficult paint job to replicate.

Upon opening the box, everything looks exactly like other Tamiya kits. It is broken down between sprues of white, black and dark gray plastic. There is also a small clear parts tree with the rear stand wheels and wind screen, as well as two clear pads for the gas tank.

Two small decal sheets are included, as well as a preprinted sheet of masking material to make painting the signature Repsol colors easier. There is also the standard bag of tiny screws, rubber hose, and rubber tires.

My reason for saying this kit is more complex comes from the air box and gas tank portions of the bike. It seems that the designers have broken down the parts assemblies even finer compared to other kits. I would assume this is to appeal to builders who like to superdetail these kits.

But if you are building it with all the body panels attached, none of the extra parts are visible, and it just added to the time it took to build the model.

There seems to be more bodywork as well, to match the 1:1 bike. I spent a lot of time assembling all of the body pieces and making sure they all fit back together. It really pays to study the instructions to make sure you get every piece that is called out when building the different pieces of bodywork. It’s easy to miss a small part that needs to be added before painting

The second part that made this more difficult was the paint job. The entire body is painted white to begin with, but using the supplied masking sheet, each area has to be precisely cut on the lines printed, and peeled off the backing sheet. From there it needs to be aligned correctly on the body before the neon red and neon orange areas can be painted.

It was a bit daunting to make sure everything was in the correct position, and there was no chance for overspray. It did all work out, but I had  to go back and make a few touchups.

The decals gave me troubles as well. Patience is definitely required. There are a lot of decals, and they are thin. Several ripped or got doubled over before I could get them into place. I decided to just do a few decals at a time, and give myself plenty of breaks.

In the past, these kits had Cartograf decals, but I couldn’t find out for sure if these were or not. They did not behave like Cartograf decals usually do.
Tamiya has released  a separate aftermarket front fork kit. I used it on this build, and it really adds to the final model. They have also released a special neon orange spray paint for the bike, but I wasn’t able to obtain it before I built this model. My model’s neon colors are from Gravity Colors, with Omni two-part clear.

I was happy with how the bike turned out, even with all my struggles. Tamiya does an amazing job of making such crisp and precise kits.


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