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About Kokuzu

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    Kits + RC, Alpin-Ski, Karate, MTB

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  1. I sent message to buy the body from you. Hope I am not too late.

    1. Kokuzu


      Just sent you a message Pmobs.

  2. Selling a nicely painted bodyset. Undamaged and with front lights. 269 EUR shipping to Europe and Paypal fees included. (Insured and tracked) Shipping worldwide at cost.
  3. The only tool which helps here is a press and a bin!
  4. Yes, blasting is common to clean surfaces, but it does not help you if you want to get a shiny finish. The surface will be cratered with millions of tiny micro craters from the impact of the glass pearls or whatever stuff you blow at it. Sure, the surface will be clean afterwards, but not shine. This is most often used for operations where you have to remove a much larger amount of material, such in large area and deep and hard corosions, where a grinding paper does not do the trick anymore.
  5. Flerbitzky, I would try to cover the paint with clear coat instead of working the paint itself. The clear coat is less liquid, it dries in a thicker layer and distributes more evenly over the paint resulting in a more shiny surface. The clear coat can be wet-polished with 6000 grid to a nice shine without risking to sand down to the ABS (as when sanding the paint itself...) But I wonder why the rattle can does not create a flat surface? Was it glossy or flat color? Flat always remains rougher than glossy paint. Either your sanding of the primer left a rougher surface, or you sprayed from a too far distance and the paint already started drying before it hit the bodyshell - (the surface got only covered by layers of single microscopic drops, which were not wet enough anymore to connect to each other in order to create an even surface....) Just my 5 cts...
  6. autosol and loads oft phased out cotton knickers.
  7. Hi there, I am in urgent need of the dimensions of the 4 plastic parts which are being fitted to the body in ordert o hold the grooved brass spacers to connect the body to the chassis: I have indicated and numbered all dimensions I need to know in a sketch, so I reproduce the parts in scale dimension. Please help me out I need to have the parts made and I am willing to pay for your efforts. Alternatively, I could of course use originals if you would be willing to part.
  8. James, thank you for lifting the fenderlines! You're pretty **** close to reality here.... Nice job on the driver....
  9. I have screened the web and found some interesting info on the historical roots of RC. I will post one article each Monday and we will see if this develops into something interesting.... This one is from the HOA website: www.heartofamericaseries.com/about.html Early Years of H.O.A. By: Arlynn Simon As I recall, and this is written by an old fart that some people say is senile so this may not be completely accurate, the H.O.A. was started in the fall of 1971 at the old King Radio plant in Olathe, KS. I recall Bill and Ken Campbell of Delta, Elmer and Dave Schilli, Ted Schaefer, Bill and Tony Stuckwich, George Schultz, Larry Flatt, Mac Klotz, myself Arlynn Simon, Rex Widmer and about three others (whose names escape me at this time) were entered. I cannot tell you who won overall but Max Klotz and I had a haphazard race in beginner's class, which I won, not bad for the first time running an RC car. The cars were a mix of Delta, Associated, MRP, Dynamic and 1 RaCar hybrid. The engine of choice was a Veco 19. Radios were wheel or stick by Kraft, Futaba, Delta, Champion and a couple of others. Fuel was airplane fuel with about10% nitro. Tires were the equivalent of about 45 Shore on the rear and rocks on the front. Rear tires were 2 ½" wide while fronts were 1" wide. Suspension was almost non-existent. We had solid rear axle, no diffs. The chassis on most cars were 1/8" aluminum, steel, or spring steel. Brakes were almost working. Bodies were made of Butyrate or fiberglass. Weight, who cared? Quick-change wheels took 3 minutes if you were fast. Carburetors, they were junk even if you had a good one. Races were about 20 minutes or until the last man was standing, whichever came first. More times than not it was the last man standing. Keeping a car together or an engine running for 20 minutes was a major achievement, not to be looked upon lightly, almost lifting the person accomplishing the feat to a mystical or God like stature. To listen to the B.S. at the end of the day we were all the equivalent of A.J. Foyt, Richard Petty or Fangio. Remember this was '71 or '72, Gordon, Hornish, or Schumaker were still having their diapers changed if they were even around then. The H.O.A. consisted of 1 race its first year since it started in Sept. or Oct. Only the Midwest series is older. The following year St. Louis and Des Moines were added to the schedule. Attendance slowly rose from 15 to 20 in the early years to 60 to 70 in the early 80's. Lincoln was added and then Minneapolis. Des Moines was dropped, as was Lincoln; Omaha was added and Sioux Falls was later added. Lap counting was done by hand on paper to start with, and then we modernized and got the push button counters. We only had 6 frequencies in the 27 MHz bands that were legal so our features only had 6 cars at a time. Runaways were rather commonplace. Eventually we really became modern and got a computer to help run races. Still we had to punch the cars in by hand but we were in the computer age. It still took 3 people to run the race; one to announce, one to call out the car numbers and one to punch them into the computer. By now we were allowed to run 72 MHz frequencies so we could run up to 10 cars in the feature. We were still limited to 10 cars in the feature because the computer would not allow any more. Brands of cars kept coming and going, Associated, Delta, MRP, Dynamic, Star Car, RaCar, Champion, Amps, Heath Kit, MRC, Marker, PB, Cook, BMT, Serpent and even some others that I can't remember the names of. Dynamic had the first suspension car that I can remember: Heavy, Heavy, Heavy. One rear wheel and tire assembly weighed as much as a complete set of four now. One car had a flat pan chassis and four wheel drive with a chain link system running the front wheels. Amps cars were fully independent suspension with gear diffs and heavy. Engines were Veco 19, McCoy Veco19, Enya, K&B, O.S., OPS and some others. In the beginning Veco 19's were the most reliable and then you moved to a McCoy 19 with a ringed piston that you changed the ring in when you started to lose compression; and then the K&B 21 came out and almost made the McCoy Veco obsolete. We ran a restrictor class at that time, with the K&B's running small carbs. and 10% nitro but with the 19's you could run a larger carb. and 20% or 30% nitro, which was the way to go as they were much stronger than the restricted 21's. Later we ran a super stock class with no nitro fuel. You could mix your own fuel at home with methanol and Klotz 2 cycle oil for about $4 a gallon. Nearly all of the early engines were airplane engines that we clamped heat sinks on for cooling, and then they started milling the heads so that you could mount a larger more efficient cooling fin to the head. For the first few years we ran straight pipes and megaphones for exhausts on the engines. Your ears would ring for a couple of days after a big race. Eventually, mufflers were required. Some mufflers worked, some did not. Some you could buy, some you made from metal gas tanks on your own. Sometimes you fabricated your own fuel tanks. Pressurized tanks were unheard of in the early days. Two and three speed transmissions, you've got to be kidding? You never put traction on tires or the track either. By the end of the weekend you had fairly decent traction from the oil off the exhausts. You stood on the ground to race until you got a milk carton. We then moved to a drivers stand about 5 feet tall. Through all of this we still had great races and great times and made some good friends (and enemies) but we all had a blast. We had about six women drivers race with us through the years. Sheila Barnett, Georgia Campbell, Peggy Nale, and Rita Robertson are some that come to mind. They did their share of winning also. Probably the biggest name to come out of the H.O.A. besides me is Art Carbonell. He won more than his share of the races. I actually beat him one time in an exhibition Australian Pursuit race. That's the way I remember the early days of H.O.A. HOA Information The Heart of America Series is an on-road racing series for radio control cars. We hold four to six races per year between the months of May and September in Lincoln, NE. The series is a fun, family atmosphere for kids of all ages. The series is open to anyone who wishes to race. The typical classes are 1/8 scale nitro sports car, 1/8 scale nitro GT, 1/10 scale nitro sedan, and 1/10 scale electric sedan. As long as there at least three cars of the same class, the races can be setup so they can race against each other. Source: http://www.heartofam....com/about.html
  10. I have found some other piece of information which confirms yours above - regarding the first ESC - is seems it was developed by people working for Delta in the early 80ies: (I wrote this around 1998 or so.... seems so far back...) Art Carbonell started RC racing back in 1971 or so, driving a Thorp car. (This was a racecar built and sold by the same people who make hex-drivers. Back then, they manufactured and sold a gas car kit.) Art won the gas Nationals in 1976 driving a 1/8 scale Delta car. The electric 1/12 scale Nationals were to be held at the same location a week later, and Gene Husting suggested that Art try out one of Associated's 1/12 scale electric cars. Art did stay on, and assembled the kit - it was a standard production car. After spending the week learning the differences between gas and electric cars, Art raced the car and won the electric nationals as well! A few years later Art was working on the Delta electric car design. The Delta team consisted of Art, Bill Campbell, and Kevin Orton. When Art won the 1/12 Scale Electric World's, he used ran a resistor speed control, as was normal practice at the time. Kevin came up with another ingenious idea - a button on the radio transmitter that made the arm on the speed control go a little bit too far, and break electrical contact. Releasing the button allowed the arm to move back just a bit, and give the car instant high-speed off the starting line. Everyone else meanwhile gave their cars full throttle, and the arm on their speed controls had to travel all the way from the "off" position up to the "wide-open" position, which took longer. Kevin, Bill, and Art created the first Electronic Speed Control around '81 or '82. They were also one of the first teams to discover how to match batteries for better performance. Back then, the bigger teams would come to a race with a crate-full of batteries, use a pack once, then use another new pack for the next race. At the World's the Delta team had three packs each to use for the entire event. Kevin set up the batteries, and both Kevin and Art made it into the Finals. Delta had the edge in equipment, and Kevin and Art were both excellent drivers. Art won the World's that year. The Delta team was also one of the first to discover "traction compound" for tires. They cleaned the tires with something like "GoJo" hand cleaner, then coated the tires with sun tan lotion. Coppertone worked great! They wiped it off five to ten minutes before the race. This prevented the tires from drying out, and gave a little more traction. Source: http://www.sgrid.com...c speed control Article by: By Mike Myers
  11. Ok fair point. So let me get started with some real time first hand explanation from an expert for vintage RC radios. His Forum Name is Jaymen, and I found his summary about the roots of radio control in http://www.rcuniverse.com. .... I have been asked this question many times, in fact, when I first came to work in the R/C industry I too was curious as to how R/C systems came to be. This is an interesting question, but in a nutshell, it was not developed by the R/C hobby. For those who are curious about how we came to have such neat radios, I offer up the following as there are many people within our hobby who have erroneously been credited with inventing proportional. The truth is they may have been intimately involved in the radio control electronics business to include manufacturing, distribution, and sales of radios for hobby usage, but when it comes to where this technology came from it's quite a different story: In the beginning, Proportional radio control was used for guiding full size vehicles like boats, planes, drones, and later, missiles. One must remember, Colonel Sanders, and McDonalds did not invent fried chicken and the hamburger respectively, but they sure did popularize them. The original creators however are lost to history. It can be said with some certainty however that the first versions of these control systems that were miniaturized for model planes were home built. One of the first home-made proportional systems was constructed by the Good brothers, they used a well-known technology and called it TTPW, for two tones that were each pulse width modulated. The basic theory is if the controls are pulsed fast enough, they would not respond, but if they were dithered to one side more than the other, then the craft would respond. Walt Good was flying his miniature version before WW2, but after the war guys like Maynard Hill, Pappy DeBolt, and Zel Ritchie all built their own versions under the tutorship of Walt Good. By the mid-1950s, R/C proportional was well established with 2 proportional controls and incremental throttle. Due to weight and space considerations, more elaborate schemes for additional proportional functions was not possible. Enter the transistor, and more importantly, the transistor radio craze of the late 1950s to early 1960s. This made small tuning coils and components readily available at low cost for use in AM radios, satellites, and aircraft communication systems. The space race which was going on concurrently along with the development of the first solid state computers radically changed and influenced R/C as it introduced new technologies that led directly to the development of the digital proportional radio as we know it. All the early analogue designs quickly faded away as they were limited. By comparison the new digital technology offered almost a limitless amount of control functions, well at least more than the modeller could practically use. Along the way, old technologies such as the Goods TTPW saw a renaissance as miniature components made them more practical to produce, and several other innovations such as NiCad batteries also came along such that we saw Pulse Proportional, Galloping Ghost in particular enjoy renewed popularity. But this was short lived and largely cost driven as these systems had a low parts count and subsequently lower cost. Technological advancement in the commercial electronics world soon change this too, and these simpler systems became obsolete and due to costs and performance. The further development of solid state devices, the integrated circuit, and ceramic and crystal filters in particular lead to low cost FM stereo radios and eventually this became available at low cost for use in R/C models as we saw many manufacturers offered FM radios. The home computer explosion of the 1980s led to those types of chips being used for our first PCM radios, and the cellular phone revolution has given us our latest 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radios. Thus, it can be seen that all of the major advances in our R/C hobby are directly dependant on the development of technologies from other areas such as government, military, and commercial projects, as the hobby in and of itself is not a big enough industry to support the required research it would take to develop the technology used. Just as before, even today we rely on spin-off technology from other large industries and as such that is what controls the sophistication and designs we use for controlling our models. The real heroes of proportional therefore are not from the R/C industry, but rather from the government/military think tanks, and commercial electronics companies where the research is done that makes this all possible. The two previous posts show how hobby R/C systems came much later, and guys like Mathes, Spreng, and other well-known R/C names were merely re-packaging this technology for use in model planes. Because the original proportional systems were developed for military purposes like guiding weapons, they were top secret and it is doubtful if we will ever be able to find out who designed them. Due to the originators being shrouded in secrecy, it makes it easy for others in the R/C field to be given credit for something that had actually been around for quite some time. In the case of the German rockets and glide bombs, most likely the scientists are dead, and the USA scientists, if they are still alive, probably cannot talk about what they did as they were sworn to secrecy, so they cannot claim credit either. Thus, the credit has been given, and/or claimed by default to the R/C hobby industry people, but it is not warranted. .... Hope you enjoy this post
  12. I have lately been studying and posting some information in my showroom about the beginning of RC which seems to create some interest - speaking about the number of accesses to the post.There are only a hand full of quality sources available in the net regarding RC history. I thought maybe there is some interest here in this community to read, share or to ask questions about specific RC history related subjects, e.g. who invented the Radio control system, or where did they race the first RC car races? Or if you own some vintage gems, and I do not mean young-timers such as Optima, Ultima or even a Porsche 58001, but I talk gas cars such as Delta Super J, Associated R250, Dash I, Racar, Heathkit etc... Maybe there is an interest for information? We could try to connect the dots and provide links to people and other forums specialized for one or the other historical RC area, such as racing history, cars, radio transmitters or electronics. Just let me know your thoughts and I am happy to get involved a little more. And I am not an expert - just interested! I'm sure some of you guys are by far much more experienced and can give us first hand stories, or you even are an expert for one or the other little piece of history in your possession. I do not intend to duplicate other historical forums out there - that would not be possible. But if this section helps to answer some questions and post some interesting stuff I think it would add value to TC in honoring our roots and the developments which helped RC to arrive where we are today. Kokuzu
  13. The only way to get the surface flat and smooth in matt black without any brush lines is the spray can. Even a lot of paint applied (a little lake) and then letting it dry won't be a guarantee for a smooth surface as the already existing brush lines will shine trough again. Second option: Matt black self adhesive decal foil. Just make a sample from cartoon and then cut the foil and apply on the flat surface. Voila!
  14. The rear lights look too much in order still Just speachless! Many things I can learn from. Keep the details coming!
  15. No pics as well, as I need a ladder to enter the X-mas package I purchased over the last 2 months: - Kyosho Mooneyes NIB - Kyosho Mooneyes body only - Tamiya Hilux 4x4 built with Radio - Kyosho Dash 1 Porsche 917 fully equipped with period Robbe radio system (Futaba) and charger - Kyosho Dash 1 Porsche 917 body - Mercedes AMG G-Model body in 1/10 on TL-01 chassis - Kyosho Nostalgic Nissan Skyline Gas Car in box - Kyosho Nostalgic Nissan Skyline bodyset - Kyosho Nostalgic Corvette - Kyosho Nostalgic Porsche 908 gas car built in box - Kyosho Nostalgic Ferrari 250 GTO built in box - Kyosho Lancia Stratos 1/8 Gas car NIB - HPI Lancia Stratos true ten bodyset new - Kyosho Circuit 10 Gas car chassis - Hirobo Dricon red version - Heinibike CH1 (1/5 custom made motorcycle winning second place in 2009 world championships) - Kyosho Porsche 959 used in box - Used Traxxas Slash ultimate 4WD built with extras and I may not have listed on or two more purchases. That happens if addiction takes over. Now my money is gone, and I have to decide which car to sell to balance off my toy account.
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