As there is little to do right now with the real machines, I fiddled around with another Tamiya model. This one is Carlos Checa's 2005 Yamaha YZF-M1. It's painted in preseason testing livery. I always thought nothing looked more like a "works" machine than a bike that has pre-season, pre-sponsor colors. Most are finished in raw carbon fibre, or simply painted black with minimal logos.
Like a lot of motorsports, this Yamaha team was sponsored by a tobacco company. Normally known as "Fortuna", in countries that banned cigarette adverts, it was changed to "Spain's No. 1".
Number one what? Not fooling anyone! The screen normally had a garish red decal, but instead I masked and sprayed the lower segment flat black, which allowed the #7 decal to be applied.
Nice stubby termi can. The panels are all cleared with a semi-gloss clear. Camera and light picks up some of the glare, as well as small specs of dust. Applied the decals and used 2 coats of matt clear on the swingarm.
The box reveals the same bike in race colors.
Checa in the 2004 preseason tests.