Model: (Click to see more) 99998: Kyosho
Status: Restored
Date: 17-May-2020
Comments: 3
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This is my original 1985 Optima, which I raced at Chingford Car Club.

In race spec it had: Ripmax Sprint 600 motor, Futaba MCC112b ESC and Futaba 2LGX radio. It started out life of Option House gold shocks but I later switched to RC10 shocks which were far better.
I also upgraded the car with many of the Option House hop-ups like gold chassis and motor guard. Originally I cut a revised radio plate from GRP, but this was later replaced with the Optima Turbo version.
The biggest upgrade was switching from chain to belt, which made a massive difference.
After my original body shell became battered and tatty I change it for a Turbo Optima body and undertray. This made such a huge difference in keeping the buggy and all the gear clean. I may look to do this again if I can find a good pattern shell.

This poor old girl lay in the loft for many many years, but around 5 years ago I dug her out and restored her to her current set-up. I still have my Ripmax Sprint 600 and I'm on the look out for a decent MCC112b to finish it off.

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Fantastic, is this going to be a runner or just for show?
Nice write up as well, it’s great finding out the history of members cars.



Fantastic resto...glad your rescued it from the loft!!



Hi, I’m currently look for a period speed controller to try and keep it as 80s as possible. She will be a runner and I would love to find a vintage race series to enter.
I guess the only thing I’m conscious of is breaking parts that are becoming difficult to find, and I don’t really want to have to use later legendary release parts.

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