Posts Tagged ‘1980’s’

  1. MRC Bullit Nitro

    July 2, 2020 by Jaap Dienaar

    MRC was a French manufacturer in the 80’s. The Bullit was designed by Jean Michel Claudel. This was the nitro engine powered version of the 2WD buggy.
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  2. Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid SE

    July 2, 2020 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid SE, kit no. 3136H, was an upgraded version of the Kyosho Turbo Mid, a populair version of the the 1/10th scale 4WD buggy. The model is one of the very succesfull designs of Mr. Akira Kogawa from Kyosho and originated around 1988.
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  3. Yu’can offroad buggy / MRC Buffalo

    June 30, 2020 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Dutch brand Yu’can made cars which were often licensed copies of existing models from different brands. For on road they made a copy of the legendary 1:8 Delta with the angled engine and for off road they made a copy of the MRC Buffalo. (more…)


  4. Kyosho (Robbe) Honda ATC 250R

    June 28, 2020 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Robbe/Kyosho Honda ATC250R (kit no. 3442) is a high-performance, three-wheeled ATV model in the scale 1:6th based on a tricycle produced by Honda from 1981 to 1987.
    Kyosho (Robbe) published the first pictures and information in the 1982 Kyosho catalogue. (more…)


  5. A visit to the Tamiya factory

    September 4, 2017 by Jaap Dienaar

    Pictures from original Tamiya models made by Mr. Wilfredo Sevilla Jr. during his visit to the Tamiya factory in Japan.
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  6. The first decade of 1:10 electric off-road models

    August 22, 2017 by Jaap Dienaar

    Some scans from an article of an English RC Car magazine titled “The most significant models of the ’80s ”
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  7. Different types of V-8 Conley Engines

    April 16, 2017 by Jaap Dienaar

    Gary Conley never really put much information out there on the Conley Precision engines.
    The enclosed Manual for the engine might give you a bit more information, such as displacement which is about 3 cubic inches, or 50cc.
    Also the enclosed Popular Mechanics Magazine article might give some more detail on them.
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  8. Conley 609 Stinger – 1/4 scale V8 Model Engine

    March 1, 2017 by Jaap Dienaar

    You are looking at a rare Conley Precision 609 1/4 scale V8 naturally aspirated engine.
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  9. PB Alpha IS

    February 13, 2017 by Jaap Dienaar

    PB Alpha (1983 model) finished by Mr. Eric Zekri from the Netherlands.
    Beautiful car with genuine PB clutch with center axle on bearings. Front shock silver 2nd generation like for the wining car at 83 Worlds.
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  10. DELTA P4

    November 7, 2016 by Jaap Dienaar

    Pictures of a very rare Delta P4. P4 stands for ‘prototype 4’.
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  11. Tamiya Blazing Blazer 4×4 (1982)

    June 8, 2014 by Jaap Dienaar

    Tamiya model #58029 – The Tamiya Blazing Blazer 4×4 is the second model from in the famous “three-speed series” from Tamiya, it was an unusual vehicle, modeled after an off-road racing truck. The vintage Tamiya Blazing Blazer 4×4 is one of the most sought after and memorable models by collectors along with the Tamiya Hilux, Mountaineer and Bruiser that were also part of series ‘3-speed Bruisers” from Tamiya.
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  12. Kyosho (Robbe) 4×4 Ford Ranger

    June 1, 2014 by Jaap Dienaar

    Kyosho made two versions of this 4×4 ‘Bruiser’ type of offroad car in the early eighties (1982/1983). One version was an electrical type with the body of a Chevrolet 4×4 pick-up which had Kyosho item #3008. This electrical version was also available as 4WD Jeep Indiana. The other version had a nitro engine and was available with a 4WD Datsun or a Ford Ranger body. The nitoengine version of the Ford Ranger 4×4 is featured in this article. In Europe these models were sold by Robbe under their own name. Both, the nitro and electrical models, are chain driven 4WD.
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  13. Kyosho Minitz 06 Buggy ‘Suzuki Super Jimny’

    April 3, 2014 by Jaap Dienaar

    This is a Kyosho Minitz 06 Buggy ‘Super Jimny’ powered by a 0.61ci/1cc G-Mark engine. In Germany, it was sold in 1982 by Graupner with artikel # 4959. The model is build in 1/12 scale. Many parts from the suspension are in aluminium, the car has oil shocks and a clutch brake.
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  14. Kyosho Vanning Integra 4WD

    December 26, 2012 by Jaap Dienaar

    1986, Kyosho Vanning INTEGRA 4WD.
    The Kyosho Vanning Integra 4WD was produced around 1986. It was the successor of the Kyosho Land Jump Integra 4WD, which dated back to 1981. The Kyosho Vanning Integra was a chain-driven 4WD radio control car. First produced in 1986 and made from aluminum with hard plastic wheel arms. Driven by chain the car was a monster at a scale of 1/8. The power plant was a .21 (3,5cc) internal cumbustion Nitro engine. It has differentials front and rear, independent front suspension, independent rear suspension and a disk brake on the rear differential. (more…)


  15. Serpent Quattro 4WD – 1986

    May 4, 2011 by Jaap Dienaar

    This is the famous Serpent Quattro 4wd. Kit no.: 4004.

    Belt driven with a 2 speed transmission. This car is the further development of the successful 2WD version of the first Serpent model with 4 wheel independent suspention Quattro Mk. IV. The front axle was driven by a belt.
    The 2WD version had severall manners to drive the rear axle, there were different versions: chain, direct drive via gears and belt drive. Through a clever model policy, it was possible to upgrade the vehicle through up-grade kits to 4WD.
    The 4-WD conversion kit no. 4650 can be mounted to all Quattro models. The only modification to models before 1985 is the epoxy radio plate. Models from januari ’85 and on have universal radio plates for both 2-WD and 4-WD. (more…)


  16. Tamiya Box Art of early models

    June 11, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    Here are some pictures of several old Tamiya boxes.
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  17. Tamiya decals of early models

    June 11, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    Here are some decals of some early Tamiya Models.

    This gallery covers the JPG files of the decals.
    We have included two links to Docs.Google.com where we have uploaded the high quality printable PDF files of these JPG-files.
    You can find all showed decals as a high-resolution PDF file which you can use to print your own decals!
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  18. Serpent Mk. III C-3000E

    January 2, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    Featured here is the 1981 version of the Serpent Mk. III C-3000E. This is a Serpent of the Mk.III series. The Mark III series of Serpent had 4 models: Alfa, Competition, Super Competition and Super Pro.
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  19. Tamiya: the models of the 58000-series (58001 – 584xx)

    January 2, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    The beginning: the first 100 models: the golden era. Tamiya Models 58000 to 58099

    Even though hobbyists do not all agree on the number (50 or 100), most consider Tamiya 100 first RC kits to be highly desirables in any collection. Prices found on auction sites for complete kit or spare parts do confirm this interest. (more…)


  20. Kyosho Williams Honda FW-11B – 1/18th scale F-1 racer

    January 1, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    This is a very rare and vintage Kyosho 1/18th scale Williams Honda FW-11B F-1 racer, electric powered racing car kit from Kyosho – 1987/1988

    Williams Honda FW-11B – 1/18th scale F-1 racer. Kyosho Kit No.3177. Also available as Kyosho Kit No. 3175 Lotus Honda 99T and as Kyosho Kit No. 3176 McLaren MP4/3 TAG Turbo.
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  21. Ishimasa FF12E (Graupner)

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    This 1/12th Ishimasa FF12E chassis from 1979, world’s first front wheel drive rc car. It came with a couple of different body types. There was a Porsche 917, the Savanna RX-7 a Renault Mirage. There may have been more.
    Presented in ‘Graupner Neuheitenkatalog 1980’, Graupner followed the first successes achieved in 1979 with the vehicle in some national races.
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  22. Kyosho (Robbe) Sonic Sports 1980-1986 – Porsche 936-78

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    With Sonic Sports Kyosho has created one of the most successful 1/12 scale race cars, at least when it came to sales. Is based on a modular system that can be fitted based on a same chassis, with different axes. There are for both the front and the rear driven and non-powered versions.

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  23. Graupner Super Speed Race Car

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Graupner Super Speed Race Car can be considered a basic car for the racing sport. The chassis consists of an epoxy strip and two rigid axles. The non-adjustable front axle was made from an die-cast aluminium construction and integrates a caster angle of about 10 °. The uprights are also die-cast aluminum. At the rear the differential is fitted in a simple metal holder. Both parts are found incidental with the Kyosho Sonic Sports. A rheostat brake worked in conjunction with a somewhat simple speed controller.
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  24. Kyosho Circuit 10 WildCat 1/10

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Kyosho Circuit 10 Wildcat Buggy has features that leave other 1/10th scale offroad-cars behind.
    The Wildcat features a double wishbone suspention system with oil-filled shocks. It measures 17″and has 1 1/8″ of ground clearance. The Wildcat came already assambled. Required a 0.9 – 1.0 ci engine, a heatsink head and a 2-channel radio.
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  25. Kyosho Mini Cooper S 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner

    December 30, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    This car is the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winning Cooper 1275 S driven by the Finnish driver Rauno Aaltonen. 1967 was the last of 3 official Monte Carlo wins by a Mini.

    This model is one of a range of Mini’s produced by (probably!) Kyosho, since they have a license to reproduce models of the #177 Mini Cooper S 1967 Monte Carlo Rally
    The engine compartment looks good and given that this model has been around for nearly 30 years, it is very nice indeed.

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  26. Kyosho USA-1 Nitro Crusher 4WD

    December 29, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    Kyosho’s biggest, most powerful truck is the 1992 4WD 1/8 scale USA-1 Nitro Crusher- source of the hottest speeds, longest run times and most authentic monster roar! It features a flat-pan aluminum chassis, nylon double wishbones, heavy-duty shaft drive, 3 gear differentials,8 oil shocks and more. The technique was based on the Kyosho Burns 1/8th scale offroad Buggy. This monster truck is solid as a tank

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  27. Pictures from the Netherlands – Races in the ’80s

    May 29, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    Herewith you find many pictures of Races in the Netherlands from the 1980s.
    See famous drivers like Rody Roem winning his first world title, Pieter Bervoets, Ron Ton, Paco Raap and many, many more….

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  28. Offroad Vehicle Nationals 1981

    February 28, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Offroad Vehicle Nationals of 1981 reviewed by Radio Control Model Cars

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