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Hi all, A long introduction here so bear with me. Back in 2015 I purchased a 1/8 Mugen Super Sport Nitro Buggy to restore. I knew nothing about the brand at that time but it was cheap and it was nitro. The car looked like this when I first got it. They always make me shudder a bit when I first see them but I have some practice now at restoring things! Over a period of about 3 years I started to learn about the model, find parts, get instructions and restore the car. Parts are very hard to find and lots of bits had to be restored. I got lucky in finding a new clear bodyshell and pressed on with the restoration. Today the car looks like this: Loads of work, quite a lot of money and lots of searching for parts. Today the story changes a bit. I was aware that in 1990 Mugen won the IFMAR World Championship with Koji Sanada and Takashi Aizawa running a Mugen Super Sport. The idea came to me that I could build a replica of the winning car driven by Koji Sanada. A few pictures from the event in Thailand, first the winners podium and then the Mugen press photo with the cars that was done after the race. Koji Sanada's car is the one with the red nose and in the press photo wears number 7. There aren't many pictures of the cars (maybe 10) from the time and they used differeing numbers every race however it was this car I set out to replicate. Now, not many pictures means not much info so I set about asking Mugen for information. Why, well because Koji Sanada is the CEO of Mugen today. I actually got a reply and found out more info on the cars spec. They don't exist anymore but some important info on engine type etc was forthcoming. I already had the body so once again the excellent @jonboy1 has painted it ready. We deliberated for ages on the colour as the press photos and pictures from 1990 all look different. In the end we settled on Tamiya French Blue and I think it came out great. The spoiler actually isn't a Mugen part but a Kyosho Burns spoiler. Its the closest I can find and at a casual glance you will probably never notice. Once mounted and stickered it will be fine. I have the basic chassis but was missing some parts like the EFRA Exhaust, fuel filter, RX cover, black chassis plate (I didn't want to paint my nice alloy one) etc. Quite by chance a parts car appeared in Japan so I snapped it up. It will provide everything else I need. This car had all the bits I needed. Having confirmed with Sanada-san that the original engine was a Novarossi Nova 2000 fitted with a Mugen heatsink head I set about getting one and quickly found the bits I need. That restoration will be here soon. Lots more to come as the car comes together. I think I now have everything I need apart from a good decal set (anybody help make some for me?) the OS air filter and a few small bits. Just need to get the work done now. The plan will be to build up the parts car again and sell it off using a combination of the two cars parts so I plan to document both chassis builds here. Thanks for looking, stay tuned.
Hi all, My next documented restoration thread takes me away from Tamiya. As you all probably know I mainly collect Tamiya nitro however now and again I tend to drift towards other makes. In this instance Kyosho. The Turbo Burns came to me from Ebay UK. I paid £46 for it delivered in this condition: Obviously missing a body, it has the wrong wing (its not an Inferno either) and covered in muck. First thing I have done with it is to jetwash the whole thing. Now that seems harsh but in actual fact it will be fully stripped, the RC gear will be scrapped anyway and the motor will be fully serviced. Other than that there is nothing that will get damaged. So jet wash done I am left with this to look over: She is complete all bar the body, wing and air filter pretty much. Bodies are available as repro items along with the wing and decal set and the filter I think I already have. Wheels and tyres will be a challenge but we will see what happens. The car is fitted with a nice period Mondial motor and I will try and restore that. It isn't seized so that's a good start. Some of the metal components are showing signs of rust and that awful jubilee clip exhaust tube will be going. It has some nice aftermarket shocks fitted, hopefully these will clean up well. The rear arm threaded bars I already have new. Chassis plate has a few marks but confident these should sand/polish out. I may replace it if I find a new one because I'm not a fan of extra drilled holes and this has a couple. All in all though a good starting basis. More to follow soon when I strip her down.
So... finally getting around to my MST CFX-W build. Just started today, and I'll post up progress as I go along. Follow this build on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnWfHyV3LtMBHMsTRQrNz7XLyypnUaENe Build Details: MST CFX-W Kit MST M06 19T Pinion Gear MST CFX-W Steel drive shaft  MST CFX-W Steel drive shaft set 99-119mm  x 2 Yeah Racing Hackmoto V2 35T 540 Brushed Motor Boom Racing #BR967010S Stainless Steel Links W/ Ball Ends 313mm Wheelbase (4mm Rod Ends) Silver for MST 1/8 CFX-W Boom Racing 25T Aluminum Servo Horn Pro-Line 85 Toyota HiLux SR5 Body (Cab and Bed) Aluminum 1.9inches RC Beadlock 12 Spokes Wheels/Rims Pro-Line Racing #10128-14 Hyrax 1.9 G8 Rock Terrain Truck Tires Spotlights taken from Generic Roof Rack + Light kit RC Nerds RCN004 Grill with radiator for Pro-Line Toyota SR5 RC Nerds RCN003 Front grill lamps for Pro-Line Toyota SR5 RC Nerds RCN005 front main bumper for Pro-Line Toyota SR5 RC Nerds RCN011 mirrors for Pro-Line Toyota SR5 RC Nerds RCN014 logos for Pro-Line Toyota SR5 Knight Customs SR50019 SR5 Rear Light Buckets Knight Customs SR50020 SR5 Rear Light Lens Knight Customs SR50005 SR5 Twin Roll Bar "TOYOTA" Vinyl Decal V2 - White Samix MST CFX-W Titanium Steering Links (on eBay) Traxxas Rod-Ends #5347 (for use with the Samix links) Electronics: Hobbywing WP-1080 Brushed ESC FlySky R6B 2.4GHz 6-Channel Receiver FlySky GT-3C 2.4 GHz Radio Power HD WP-23KG Waterproof Digital Servo Tools / Materials: Versachem Brake Caliper Grease 45 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station Tamiya Side Cutter Tamiya RC Car Spray Paint PS-23 Gun Metal Tamiya RC Car Spray Paint PS-5 Black Tamiya RC Car Spray PS-31 Smoke Tamiya RC Car Spray PS-12 Silver Performix 11203 Plasti Dip Black Multi-Purpose Rubber Coating Aerosol - 11 oz. DEWALT DCF610S2R 12V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/4 in. Hex Chuck Screwdriver Kit MIP Metric Speed Tip Set MIP9512 Step 1: Transmission The parts are really well organized and laid out. Impressed.