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Just seen the new Kyosho Mad Van

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It's not a "true" solid axle truck, more of a beefed up truggy but it looks **** cool.

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This is the kind of thing Tamiya should make imo. Tamiya are famed for quirky bodies and Kyosho come along put out an awesome looking van that can run rings around a Lunchbox.

It's a pretty simple chassis and just a lexan shell but the execution is great. It looks cool and will probably handle pretty well and despite not having the biggest ground clearance in the world, the 4wd and big tyres will surely give it some half decent ability.

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Come on, Tamiya! 

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Saw this, like it mostly. Shell seems to be a most like a Ford Econoline, what was the gt40 midengine version called? The Supervan? The wheelbase is spot on for a monster truck though at  273ish, not sure on the width. Either way I smell a clod sized lunchie in my future. 

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Though the bodies are different, it vaguely reminds me of the old Kyosho Heavy Metal monster tank van.

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Huh. Well, the chassis isn't anything I would bother with (well, maybe if they sold it as a kit), but it does look a lot better than the typical "basher" type trucks.

What's mildly annoying is that the wheel arches are in entirely the wrong place to be even remotely scale. The rear overhang is far too short. So even if you wanted to take this body and use it on a more scale chassis, it would still look "off." Us scaler guys have bemoaned this for years, with all the "scale" bodies from Pro-Line and others for the T-Maxx-style monster trucks. At first glance, it looks like a great base to build on, but then you start looking at the proportions and it just looks all wrong.

But it is nice to see some options for the RTR crowd that aren't some swoopy tribal-flamed abomination... bonus points to the first person to put ladder racks on top and a plumber's logo on the side...

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