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!
Ps: It even has working headlights!