Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 12:32 AM UTC
Masterbox Ltd. have just mailed me to say that their BMW R75 Motorcycle is now beginning production.
We ran this story a few months ago when the company sent us a series of images of the WIP. Now, release of this exciing new kit (first injection-moulded BMW in almost 30 years?) is imminent.

MB3528 - German motorcycle, WWII (BMW R75)

This will be a styrene, injection-moulded kit in 1/35th scale (just in case anyone has any doubts!) and will be followed by SEPERATE riders and crew.

Our thanks to Alexander of Masterbox Ltd for the reminder.
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Ola Jim That R12 looks fantastic. I'm actually quite excited about this release. It was about time we finally got a new kit of these bikes. I really like the wheels and the fact that they are separate from the Fenders... not like the Tamiya bike. A lot of possibilities this way. Great job Masterbox. Very usefull. Certainly a kit of which several will find their way into my stash.
JUN 25, 2008 - 12:52 AM
Wow! Where do I place my order? I for one have been looking forward to this release since first announced - in fact I already have figures picked out for a scenario I have in mind Thanks Jim!! Rudi
JUN 25, 2008 - 12:55 AM
OK... looks like I need to visit Jadar on monday and tell 'em to get me a copy of that as soon as it hits the shelves. Good German motorbike, just what I need.
JUN 28, 2008 - 10:04 PM
Exactly .... will make upgrading to etched or even scratched-alternatives so much easier. Shouldn´t be a huge job to make thinner spokes from plastic or brass rod, with a simple template. Will definately upgrade my Italeri kit.
JUN 28, 2008 - 11:59 PM
OK. First, one of my sources claims the masters do not look like R75 at all. I have no photo reference on hand to check it, and will leave the subject to men better equipped. Second, my pal in Jadar claims they'll be getting the bike in a few days. I'll try to get it ASAP and then, who knows, maybe I'll be faster than Jim in writing a review. Oh, and by the way, or like John Cleese used to say, "now for something completely different", since I've been to Jadar today, I've snuck a glimpse at SKP Challenger. The box is huge. Will rummage through it on Friday. Now, sorry for that OT addition, carry on..
JUL 02, 2008 - 07:52 AM
Got it! Writing review right now. Unfortunately, my camera is off line (batteries need recharging), so no sprue pics 'till tomorrow, but I should get the rest done by then. Wish me luck.
JUL 11, 2008 - 09:22 AM
Marcin, We'd be happy to take the reveiew once you've got your battery issue resolved! Looking forward to the write-up.
JUL 11, 2008 - 11:05 AM
I recently purchased this item in the "Troops on the Move" version and what a disappointment. Good detail but flash on the parts betray either poor molds or older molding techology. The instructions are ambiguous and lack arrows to indicate where parts connect so be prepared to troll the web for build pictures to give yourself a fighting chance. The PE fret is a welcome upgrade to the styrene spokes which are for all intents and purposes useless given their outright unsightly appearance. Really annoying is the lack of part numbers on the fret so you're constantly having to flip through the instructions for the fret numbering. The agony continues since the kit is almost devoid of any alignment aids which assist in connecting parts - compare how easily Tamiya kits build up with the many pin and hole or bracket slots which help when aligning and gluing parts. The two part side car and gas tank - which are split length-wise - build up with nasty seams which require lots of filling and sanding to fix. I know it's customary to use the gentle euphemism of "recommended for advanced modellers" when criticizing kits but I'll be a bit more frank; this kit is seriously flawed and difficult to build. If you're looking to build the BMW R75 perhaps try the Tamiya kit, or if you can find and afford it, the Lion Roar kit. If you want to spend a lot of time and put your modelling skills to the test, try the Master Box one. Adding salt to the wound the Master Box kit isn't cheap to purchase either.
JUL 14, 2013 - 04:56 AM

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