Yamaha YZR M1 ’09 Fiat Yamaha Team





Scale: 1/12
Length: 172mm
Parts: 138


Zero paints Yamaha YZR-M1
Team Fiat paint set ZZ-1142


Tamiya detail kit 12636,
Top studio detail set 23062,
Studio 27 carbon decal 12001

The 2009 MotoGP championship was won by Italian Valentino Rossi riding a Yamaha YZR M1 for the official Yamaha works team sponsored by Fiat. During the season the Yamaha team with Rossi won 6 rounds while his team mate Jorge Lorenzo won 4. This was the 6th MotoGP word championship that Valentino Rossi had won and his 2nd while riding for Yamaha.

The YZR M1 has a Liquid cooled 4-stroke, 4 cylinder engine 800cc engine and is capable of speeds of up to 200mph.

The Kit,

Initially released in 2011 Tamiya eventually made four other versions of this kit. As well as one including a clear bodied there was also the Estoril edition and a Tech3 liveried one. The Tech3 kit was one that I had previously built.

Included in the kit as well as the plastic parts were small screws to attach body panels and vinyl tubes to depict throttle, brake and clutch cables.
Tamiya have also released a detailing kit which included a photo-etch radiator grill, metal front forks and damper.

The Build,

This was my 2nd Tamiya 1/12 MotoGP bike that I have built and it could be finished in either a Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo livery.  As a Valentino Rossi fan this was always going to be the scheme I was going to chose.

So I could add more detail to the base kit I used the Tamiya Front fork detail set and the Top Studio detail set. To paint the bike I used a Zero paint set produced for this kit to match the Yamaha works team design.

The Studio 27 YZR-M1 Carbon decal set was used to give additional detailing to the Tamiya decals. Some of the decals was difficult to place, especially the carbon set, but overall I fairly pleased with the results.


Overall I am pleased with the outcome of this build. I had learnt from the previous Yamaha Tech 3 YZR M1 that I had built and this allowed me to concentrate on the extras and the decals.