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Nov 29, 2021, 07:53 PM
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Building a vintage Kyosho Landmax kit.


I have a Kyosho 1/8 scale Landmax kit of the Ford Focus Repsol WRC rally car. I bought this kit 16 years ago and it has been waiting for me to get around to it, lol.

It was an opened and started kit, or maybe more correctly an opened and pilfered kit. It is missing some key components, such as the engine and header, the decal sheet, the mask for the body, and the right side dust shield, or whatever it is called. There is no construction manual in the box either. However, I was able to find a generic Landmax manual online.

But, there is an engine in the box. A vintage OS RG engine. Problem is, it does not fit. However, I have researched the internet and learned that with some special motor mounts, it just might work.

So far I have got the front and rear suspensions assembled to the chassis. I built the shocks today and installed them. I find it somewhat surprising that considering the cost of these Kyosho kits back in the day, they used plastic so much. Like plastic bushings and nuts for the shocks. But I decided to use them anyway, because my plan is to build this as they intended it. Less the engine, of course. I have searched for a Kyosho GS-21R and they just don't exist out there.

Here are a few pictures to get started.
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Nov 30, 2021, 01:05 AM
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Well, surprise-surprise!

I thought there was only one of the side mount dust shields (or whatever they are called) when I looked at the plastic bag that had the "one" in it. Turns out it was an optical illusion. Because when I opened the bag, there was a left and right side stacked on top of each other. Yay!
Nov 30, 2021, 11:50 PM
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I got a lot of work done on it today. Mainly the steering linkages. Very fiddly to assemble, and wow screwing those ball sockets onto the 4mm studs took some real finger power!

I also got the fuel tank installed, And the front and rear bumpers. And some various support rods.

I am at a holding point now. I need to get an engine installed before I can continue. I am waiting for some parts to arrive, and hopefully they will work out.
Dec 20, 2021, 03:02 PM
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Finally something good! I had tried some various motor mount pieces in an attempt to get the OS RG engine into this chassis but none of them worked out. There is a Kyosho part, BS-25, made back in the day that was what was used to install a regular beam mount engine. But finding one of those today is like finding the Holy Grail.

I have been watching eBay daily for a factory Kyosho GS-21 engine with the bottom mounts and finally I have scored one. Should be here in a few days.
Dec 23, 2021, 01:00 AM
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It has arrived!
Dec 24, 2021, 12:51 AM
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After configuring the carb and clutch pulley I mounted the engine onto the chassis. I then had to adjust the needle valve position slightly to clear the center diff frame. Fortunately the carb on this engine is fully adjustable for mounting purposes.

I installed the cooling fan and attached the drive belt. The fit of the engine is perfect. The exhaust that came with this engine is not a tuned pipe, it is a muffler. Designed to quiet the engine with expanding and constricting the gases 4 times. But the pipe that came in this Landmax kit is simply a hollow, closed end tube. Expanding and constricting the gas 2 times.

So next I have to mount servos into the radio tray and then mount the tray to the chassis.
Jan 13, 2022, 10:30 PM
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