Today i’m going to unbox the Tamiya Honda NSR500 Nastro Azzurro in 1/12th scale.
Rossi dominated his second season in the 500cc class, scoring 11 wins and only finishing off the podium three times. He started the year off with a victory in Japan after battling with Max Biaggi and back-to-back poles and race wins at the South African and Spanish rounds. He finished the French race in third place but crashed out of the Italian round whilst leading the wet race after taking another pole on Saturday.
Rossi bounced back by taking pole position and winning the following race in Catalunya, despite making a poor start which dropped him to 15th place at the end of the first lap. He scored a second place after narrowly losing out on the race victory with Biaggi at the Dutch round and once again won another race: this time the British GP.
Rossi finished a disappointing seventh in Germany but took back-to-back wins in the Czech Republic (gaining a 29-point advantage over Biaggi) and Portugal. He scored another disappointing result at the Valencian Community round when he finished in 11th place, but eventually scored a string of race wins from the Pacific to the Rio rounds.
Rossi won his first 500cc title with 325 points and third title overall, 106 points ahead of Biaggi, who became Rossi’s main rival during the season. As of 2020, Rossi is the last satellite rider to clinch the title in the premier class. During the season, Rossi also teamed up with American rider Colin Edwards for the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race aboard a Honda VTR1000SPW, becoming the first Italian rider to win the race. The pair won the race despite Rossi’s lack of experience racing superbikes. In 2002, 500cc two-strokes were still allowed, but saw the beginning of the 990cc four-stroke MotoGP class, after which the 500cc machines essentially became obsolete.
The Tamiya Honda NSR500 Nastro Azzurros in the usual Tamiya box with the finished model up front with some information about the model. The Box is the normal bike format. On the side of the box some more information is presented of the the bike without the bodywork.
Let’s start the unboxing!
The first parts you see are the wheels, nuts and polycaps. Also included are the screwdriver and black hose for the brakes.
The first sprue is the complete front and bottom bodywork. Also the clear part is in this bag.
A small white sprue contains the front and rear wheelarchers and suspension.
The frame is presented in a chrome plated sprue.
Another white sprue contains the wheels, some wingparts, some engine parts and the exhausts.
A grey sprue let’s you build the engine, brakes and electrical parts
Then you get to the decals for the wheels and the bodywork. Also some masking tape is provided.
The paperwork comes with some background information of the bike and of course the building instructions. These are typical Tamiya. Easy to read and clear instructions.