Honda CB900-F Motorcycle 1:8 Scale Academy Model Kit #1546 Review

2014 January 10
by Doug

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Honda CB900-F Motorcycle 1:8 Scale Academy Model Kit #1546 Review

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Back in the early ‘80’s there was a war being waged on the streets of America. The principal combatants however, were not against Americans. Rather, they were Asian motorcycle manufacturer’s that were trying to win the hearts and minds (and dollars) of the American consumer. Honda introduced the CB900-F in the USA in 1981 against competition from the likes of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha whose larger 1000 and 1100 cc bikes were already on the market. Despite being outdone from a displacement perspective the good looks and performance of the CB900 series gained admirable respect from the motorcycle buying public. Running the quarter mile around 12 seconds at 130 MPH, the CB900 was plenty fast enough for most people and one of the chief complaints was that during high speeds the wind pressure caused arm fatigue because of the high handle bars.

For the Modeler: This is an Academy-Minicraft “Super-Deluxe” Series Honda CB900-F Motorcycle 1:8 Scale Model Kit #1546 Review. This kit has been out of production (1987) for some time but they can still be found at garage sales and online auctions. It is a Skill Level 2 kit for the intermediate builder.  The kit has ~100 parts molded in gloss chrome, dull chrome, red, black, clear, clear red, clear orange, black vinyl tires, and waterslide decals. The finished dimensions are; Length: 11″, Width: 5″, Height: 6.25″.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine assembly and detailing; test fitting; tire and wheel detailing; correcting instruction errors; where to avoid glue; how to remove unwanted chrome plating for proper assembly; adhesives to use for transparent parts; identifying and removing excess flash; aligning the headlights supports; repairing seams; installing directional tires; installing cables and wires properly; decal preparation and applications, are all fully examined in this pictorial 20 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. The instructions are also available with this review.


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