Bike fans will welcome the Japanese kitmaker’s new-tool Superleggera V4 with open arms, says CHRIS CLIFFORD, who reviews it here.


Tamiya has had reasonable form for offering 1/12 Ducati motorcycle kits over the years. Modellers of a certain age will remember fondly the company’s 900 Mike Hailwood Replica from the 1980s, along with the 900SS. In the 1990s it offered the 888 Superbike Racer, but it took until 2014 to provide another Ducati in the shape of the 1199 Panigale S, followed by a differently marked Tricolore version ofthis machine, three years later.

Now, the revered kitmaker has lit the Ducati torch once more by releasing a new 1/12 tooling of 2020’s Panigale Superleggera V4, a road-legal version of the V4 sport bike, which employs copious carbon fibre to reduce weight. Anyone who’s built a Tamiya 1/12 motorcycle before will know they are usually highly faithful facsimiles of the real machines…. and this new item upholds the tradition in style.


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