Optima / Mid / Lazer

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My first Kyosho Optima

This is my first RC restoration, It will most likely take a bit of time, but I will update this page thoroughly through the restoration.

Story about this car:

This RC Car was bought in 1987 by my dad as a christmas present.

When bought, the car was a Kyosho Javelin.

This is what the car looked like when I got it:

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And below are pictures of pretty much everything I have found after 20 years in exile… LOL.

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Above is how the car was in the box… I have no clue where this body is from. You can see from the rear suspension, that they are pieces of the Lazer…

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Here we have the same without the body, Its in pretty good shape.

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A few decent set of wheels.

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Good old Futaba Magnum Sport.



15/07/2014 - The Runner

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I have decided to start by restoring the runner first, as I will need to order less parts for it.
Above I have done some cleaning.

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Got some parts today - 25/07/2014

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Rear differential right side

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Rear differential left side


05/08/2014 - REEDY AND KYOSHO from the late 80s

Today I managed to get some work done, but only on my motors, as I am waiting for my screw set from RC-Screws, I am stuck on the rebuilding process.

So I took both motors and took them apart, cleaned them, Soldered the wires in a neat and clean way, as Xavier(thats the guy who gave me a space in his RC plane workshop) showed me how. I tested both engines, they seem to work just fine.
One is a Kyosho Mega 12x2 and the other one is a Reedy Modified Dot Green 13 x 2 (I think)

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Two motors that have been gathering dust for the past 20 years!

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The Reedy modified taken apart and cleaned up

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Both motors cleaned up… now I will have to decide which one to use on the runner,
probably the Reedy.

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Getting some work done!

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Electronics that will be fitted in.

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The specifications for this Novak-T1X ESC are as follows (According to « aliens8mycow » from rcuniverse.com):
• Number of cells: 4-10
• Motor limit: none (you might want to stick with something higher than 10 or 12 turns)
• Forward only w/brake
• Frequency: 60Hz (not too great considering today's high freq esc's)
• Resistance: .0015 ohms (this is not too great either!)
• Bec voltage: 6v
• Tempfet transistors for thermal protection
• Years of production 1988-1990
• Required external current limiter for smoother throttle response
• This esc was used (with ext. current limiter) by Masami Hirosaka to win the 1988 1:12 worlds!

08/18/2014 - Finished

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