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  • unit44justin
    started a topic Work In Progress

    Work In Progress

    Alright so I bought my Kat last Oct and haven't been able to ride it because I've had it all apart doing a fender eliminator, new rear turn signals, 03+ tail swap and painting it all. I just finished painting the tail section along with the belly fairing, I was only able to wet sand and polish the tail section today I will work on the belly fairing on wednesday when I have time. I am doing everything with duplicolor rattle cans. The only thing that I am not super impressed with is the glossyness of the clear (maybe I just haven't done enough polishing). There are a few super small blemishes that are barely visible and don't bother me at all after all its not going to be a show bike. Here are a few pictures, comments, suggestions, and constuctive critizism are welcome!

    This is the desingn I am working towards the grey is called Viper graphite and I am still trying to find a white that I like, for the red pin striping I was thinking about doing some sort of red reflective pin stipe tape.


    Here are a few pictures of the finished tail section.




    Last edited by unit44justin; 06-08-2010, 12:25 AM.

  • Chris438
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    Awesome!! thanks for the pics.

    and btw, i like the design!

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  • Kattie
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    Me personally i like the way all the lines flow except the one that runs from the headlight under the fuel tank...I think thats the only one that makes it look "blocky" as they say...But either way i dont think its going to look bad its just my opinion...Maybe go up beside the headlight,stop at the mirror,bring it around the gauges and follow the tank until you get to that nice little curve where your knee sets...Just an idea...everyone has different tastes...Just go with what you wana do because in the end the only person that has to ride that bike is you...Nice design though bud...Cant wait to see the bike...Should look sweet

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  • 1FSTKAT
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    Not a problem, I'm here for the people.

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  • Romeo84
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    Sweet action! Thanks for those!

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  • 1FSTKAT
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  • Chris438
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    damn, I was excitted for a min there. I thought maybe I found a blank template but none of those pics work.. Any one have any on their computer still.. or know if someone could re-post some???

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  • unit44justin
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    You are welcome to use what I have. I actually gave up on the paint design and just finished up the plastics with stone white. It was getting pretty frustrated when I couldn't get anywhere with it because my clumsy dad kept knocking the fairings of the table I had everything set up on so I would touch up the spots and when the weather was not as humid and thought I would get to work on the layout that day i would have to touch up more spots from them being knocked on the ground.

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  • charlie2000
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    I have been trying to figure out how to make a custom paint scheme work on the post 98 katana for almost a year now, looking at every katana pic I could find, and nothing has got my blood going. Until now! Wow! You killed it. I mean your lines actually highlight the shapes of the tank and plastics in a way that gives so much more depth to the bike, while keeping a clean look. I always hated the cooling "intake" holes in the side fairing, and always seen them as an obstacle to deal with. The way you did that was genius, and the color break in the tank is pure art, in my eyes. My big thing was coming up with a design that worked with the lines of the bike, not against them, and yours is the first I've ever seen that did that and then some. When I first saw it I had to double check it even was a katana. I love katana's, just always felt the side fairings to be a bit clumsy, as in not fluid. your paint remedies that into an actual attribute.
    Thank you thank you thank you. Now I hope you don't mind me stealing your basic layout...

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  • unit44justin
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    Originally posted by Thirdorb View Post
    Sweet. Do you know if there is a Pre template out there?
    There should be somewhere in this post http://katriders.com/vb/showthread.php?t=50585

    the ones on the first page dont work anymore

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  • Thirdorb
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    Sweet. Do you know if there is a Pre template out there?

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  • unit44justin
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    there is a template floating around here of a 98-02 that I used and I just opened it up in MS paint since I dont have photoshop and did a rough mock up I should have it done sometime with in the next couple weeks minues the take which I think I may leave blue and work on it over the winter.

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  • Thirdorb
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    Awesome! Did you draw that mock-up yourself, or is there a program that will do that for you? If so, I want in on the action!

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  • airforceranger49
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    Originally posted by unit44justin View Post
    Right on are you talking about the skinny middle section where it comes up to the top? It was kind of tough doing the stuff with just paint shop and that outline because it doesn't have all the angles and curves that the fairings have.
    i'm looking at the two tone part around the bottom air vents... just too boxy... to me, it just needs to be smoothed out

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  • SweetLou
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    I found you kinda have to lay that clear on thick to get it super glossy, looks good so far, i like the design

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