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Posted by SoloProFan | Jul 20, 2014 @ 09:26 AM | 3,031 Views
Lately I have been rebuilding a couple of vintage 2WD buggies, after being almost exclusively involved into 4WD buggies. Also, I strayed from limiting my attention to vintage Kyosho only, as you can see from the Team Losi JRX2 Build Log (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2154519)

Now, when you say "vintage 2WD buggy" you automatically get to the RC10 sooner or later. With it having played an important role in RC history, as well as having a distinctive look with it's gold anodized metal tub chassis, this fame is well deserved. Looking at some nice re-release builds, the RC10 also captivated my attention, and I started looking for an affordable one, but still in good enough condition for a rebuild. I ended up with a fairly complete one, and another with some spares, hoping to be able to make at least one fully complete car from those, and hopefully also with the era-correct parts.

The latter goal is not so easy, as I've learnt that sometimes kits were assemble with whatever parts were at hand at Associated. We'll see how far I can get with this "RC puzzle".

For full story and build log, check this thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2209651...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | May 01, 2014 @ 10:27 AM | 3,704 Views
I got this car along with some Optima Mid parts, and although I had no initial intentions to rebuild it, the urge to fix this piece of RC history got the better of me. Build log thread is located here, and this thread will serve as storage for the pictures that are being used in this build log thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2154519...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Apr 28, 2014 @ 03:30 PM | 3,066 Views
As the title says, I'm restoring a Kyosho Triumph, to running condition, and these are the pics that are shot during this rebuild....Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Feb 16, 2014 @ 02:59 PM | 4,150 Views
As the title mentions, this blog will contain the pictures showing the progress when (partially) rebuilding my Turbo Optima. The build thread can be found here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2106044...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Nov 14, 2013 @ 12:11 AM | 4,914 Views
For a while now I have been restoring vintage RC cars, and I enjoy that more and more. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of, when considering starting such a project. Not that I consider myself an expert, but still maybe my personal experience can help others in this area.


Unless you happen to have nearly unlimited funding, and can afford a NiB (New in Box) car, or happen to stumble upon a cheap one in a small model shop in a back alley, a restoration process often starts with the purchase of a used car. Since this is going to be the base material for your project, take your time to verify what condition it is in. Especially if you buy online, like me. Look at the pictures closely, if needed ask for more pictures, download the car's manual, and see if parts are missing, or are substituted.

At this stage it's also smart to think about what you want to do with the car. Have it sitting pretty on a shelf, make it a runner, perhaps even run in a vintage competition? It determines if you need additional parts, for instance, a shelf queen doesn't need soft tyres, as long as these still look ok, it will be fine. But if you want to compete, running on dried out tyres is not such a good idea.

It's possible to think about this later, but since most parts will probably have to be ordered somewhere, the chances on having to wait for parts, could make your project coming to a halt more often than you would like. If possible, make a list of parts needed,...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Nov 13, 2013 @ 11:57 PM | 4,452 Views
As the title suggests, here is where I will upload the pictures I will use for a recently started build log, where a vintage Kyosho Optima Mid Custom will be restored and converted to use some parts of it's successor in time, the Lazer ZX-R/ZX Sport, creating a "hybrid" buggy which hopefully will have the best features of both vehicles combined into one.

Here's a little teaser:




The build log can be found here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2035294...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Oct 27, 2013 @ 06:59 AM | 4,536 Views
As the title suggests, here is where I will upload the pictures I will use for a soon to be started build log, where a battered Kyosho Optima Mid, purchased for spares only aka parts donor car, is transformed into a fully functional race car again.

Build thread is located here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2024936...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Jan 14, 2013 @ 04:47 PM | 7,510 Views
Those that have seen my postings in the cars - off-road section might already have noticed I am fond of the older Kyosho 1/10 scale buggies. Like the Optima Mid, Lazer ZX-R/Sport etc. For those that never heard of these cars, here are some pictures of mine:


Optima Mid (with some after-market hop ups)






And the Lazer ZX Sport, pretty much stock, except for the wheels and ESC instead of mechanical speed controller


...Continue Reading
Posted by SoloProFan | Aug 03, 2012 @ 04:11 PM | 7,861 Views
Hi all!

Since this blog is still empty, I decided to change this. A little background information about the guy you know as SoloProFan might seem convenient, right?

First, some may know me as simply "SoloPro" which is the name I registered with on RCG. But as my stay here was longer than I first anticipated (I registered first just to get some info on my new Solo Pro V heli) I found having a name that was the same as a popular type of heli, could be confusing, hence the name change with the "Fan" bit added.

I've been interested in RC since my youth, an older nephew had an RC sailing boat, the "Saudade", and I always watched it with attention as we visited the place where my aunt and he lived. In my early teens I got my first RC boat, the "Dolly" from Robbe, and with some ups and downs, turned it into a working fireboat. I bought more boats, and also a 1:10 RC car, to get my "RC-fix" when not able to sail a boat, as we didn't live near any decent pond. I also looked at planes, build a few free flight models, but never ventured into RC planes, as the risk of losing everything in a crash, was too much to pay for, for someone with just some allowance and doing some work sometimes here and there during holidays.

As I went to college, the RC stuf was shelved, and gathered dust in my old room on my parents' house. Years later I regained some interest, and decided to re-work some boats, to correct some mistakes made...Continue Reading