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Posted by SoloProFan | Nov 14, 2013 @ 01:11 AM | 129,605 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 14, 2013 @ 12:57 AM | 124,544 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: Reading