Model: 99998: Kyosho
Status: Extra info
Date: 5-Apr-2012
Comments: 9
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Hello!
As a kid, as most of us here, I grew up playing toy cars. I had a huge collection of Matchbox (they mysteriously disappeared from my parent's house...) of all sorts for example, but besides my father's Golf GTI mk1, the car I really loved in those days was the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 as driven by Ari Vatanen. I had to collect every example I found from small 1/43 scale to bigger ones. I even tried building my first static kit with a Turbo 16 (though it ended unfinished in its box from what I recall).
The pinnacle was the gift by my godfather of a scale Nikko RC model of the Turbo 16 which soon became my favourite toy (I have found one again on ebay a few years ago).
But some time after that (a few years?), I saw in my LHS window Kyosho's version of this mythic rally car: it became another unreachable child's fantasy.
Fast forward to 6 months ago, where I spotted a NIB one in a TC member's showroom, and a few emails after it was mine. As the kit condition was not good (bottom box missing and damaged blisters), I decided to build it. I went almost box art but added a few Shell and Michelin waterslide decals to try and make it more realistic. I was a little bit disapointed by the shell and decals: the lexan is quite fragile for an original Kyosho and the decals just don't stick very well. I might buy some repros and do it again, we'll see.
As for the chassis, it's a small (1/12) front wheel drive chassis very fun to build, with oil dampers and a very simple transmission. I ballraced the chassis, and implanted electronics I had laying around using the old stock MSC. I hadn't driven a car with a MSC for 25 years, and it is brutal! With my LiPo batteries and the kit motor, it simply flies on the MSC first speed, so caution with the throttle!
Enjoy!
Ps: It even has working headlights!


Comments

Incredible_Serious

5-Apr-2012

Looks great mate, although this particular model always disturbed me a bit, both for it being fwd, and for it looking (to me) like a T16 that ran into a Delta S4.... but hey, yours is a beautiful example, kudos!

Chain Driven

5-Apr-2012

Lovely chassis, I always fancied one of those T16 / CRX

Sayroll

5-Apr-2012

Thanks guys! Indeed the proportions of the body are a bit strange; short and wide. It's one of those cars, like the Golf mk1, that would need a modern release with acurrate size and proportion.

3-Speed

5-Apr-2012

Thatīs a great work. I have a crx body set of this version at the loft.

Sayroll

5-Apr-2012

Thanks Martin! I like the CRX too, but I had to have the 205 given my past history with this car.

Umeshg

6-Apr-2012

It looks great. Good Job

neobrunox

6-Apr-2012

Superbe 205 T16

pininy

6-Apr-2012

Great work! Thanks for sharing, very interesting chassis

Always a pleasure to find something rare

Sayroll

6-Apr-2012

Thanks a lot!


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