Well here are the high res pics of the (almost) finished article, and my final report on the build.
The last stages were quite straightforward. The brake hose guides are the only thing I'm not totally happy with- I reused the originals which were not the best but until I have a batch made up they will have to do.
Decals mysteriously appeared under my bed one morning and for once I managed to put them on straight
Frame was given a good coat of Carnuba wax to finish and then the whole lot was once again assembled. Brakes took a couple of shots to get bled properly but didn't cause too much trouble.
So thats it really. End of the road. Finished. Its been quite an epic journey, sometimes pleasant, quite often frustrating but very rewarding in the end. Once again thanks for sharing this jouney with me and for all your kind words and encouragement.
I now have the RC100 that I always wanted. Question I now must ask myself is can I use it? After all the trouble to find all those parts in brand new condition, the paint which took so much time to get spot on etc. Its not something I want to go through again. I have riden it gently around the park and along the riverside to the off-licence where I bought a lovely bottle of Barolo which I opened on my return and enjoyed in the garden whilst looking at the fruits of my labour. Unfortunately the wine did not help my decision making process. It rode beautifully, tight and taught and razor sharp- but do i risk doing anything more strenuous on it????
Only time will tell!
Here are a few pics
And what it turned out like.....