‘Kyosho’ Category

  1. 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.

  2. 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…)

  3. 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.

  4. Kyosho Giga Crusher Dual Force 1/8th scale nitro monster truck – Kit #31142

    May 1, 2014 by Jaap Dienaar

    Some cars are instant classics; an example of such a car is the 1/8th scale Kyosho Giga Crusher Dual Force nitro Monster Truck. This Monster Truck has been introduced at the Shizuoka Hobby Show in 2004, so that sense it isn’t a vintage nor classic car, but this giant monster truck has really fascinating mechanical technology: two .26ci (4,5cc) nitro engines, a three-speed gearbox, All-wheel drive and a reverse gear (which is operated using a 3-channel receiver)! All these techniques in one car makes it a instant classic RC Car of epic proportions. The Monster Truck was sold as a kit without electronics nor servos but including two recoil starter engines of .26ci. (more…)

  5. 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.

  6. Kyosho RV-Series 1/9th scale – Nissan Terrano Pathfinder with CCVT

    December 5, 2013 by Jaap Dienaar

    This article is about the 1/9th scale Kyosho GP Nissan Terrano Pathfinder with CCVT Transmission which was introduced by Kyosho in late 1991 / early 1992. The car was available in an electro and a nitro version. The electro version didn’t have the CCVT gearbox. The nitro version, equipped with an GS11-CR engine (.11ci/2,0cc), had the fairly unique CCVT transmission. (more…)

  7. 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…)

  8. Kyosho Porsche 959 Limited Edition – Kyosho Kit No.4281

    May 1, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    >In 1991 Kyosho offered the 1:8 Porsche 959 which was based on a buggy chassis from Hobao called Pirate (RS), Kyosho made only the body and wheels for this model. This unique 1:8 scale on road car, which is really huge, was not designed by Kyosho. Kyosho made the body and wheels only.
    The first version of the Kyosho Porsche 959 was sold in a black carton box and the model was based on the Hobao Pirate (RS) buggy. The model was released in 1991 by Kyosho and the chassis was designed by Hobao. Another version of this car was sold as a buggy under Kyosho name, this buggy was called Prestige 4WD.

  9. Kyosho Super Alta VW Beetle 1/12th scale

    January 3, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    This is the Kyosho Super Alta VW Beetle, Kit no. 3056 from the early ’80’s.

    The Super Alta chassis is an 1/12th scale electro 2-WD chassis with a 540-size motor which was placed in front of the rear axle. Direct drive with gear-differential in the right rear wheel. At the front it has indepent suspention on both wheels and the rear is a sort of ‘fixed power pod’ which is ‘fixed’ in the chassis and has a rubber plate on the bottom which allows a little movement. (*dead-beam rear axle)

  10. Kyosho GP Landmax 4WD 1/8th scale

    January 1, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Kyosho Landmax 4WD chassis is based on a proven four wheel, shaft driven system, taken from Kyosho’s 1:8 competition off-road buggies. Features include three gear differentials, four long stroke oil filled shockdampers and four wheel independent suspension. Power is provided by an included GS-21R pullstart engine, which is pre-fitted to the partially assembled chassis. A fan assembly helps to reduce engine running temperature for improved power output. Precision ball bearings are included in the main transmission to help reduce friction and wear.


  11. Kyosho Dash I 1970

    January 1, 2010 by Jaap Dienaar

    1970: The Kyosho DASH 1 is presented at an Aircraft Pageant at Harumi International Trade Center sponsored by Mitsuboshi Shoten. Three professional racing drivers were invited to run the DASH 1.

    It was in 1970 that Kyosho started selling the DASH 1. The DASH 1 is generally agreed by the industry to be the first RC car made in Japan.
    The three body styles chosen were the most popular racing machines in the Japanese Grand Prix: Porsche 917, Lola T70 and the McLaren Elba. The bodies were vacuum molded, a totally new innovation in RC at the time. Mr. H. Suzuki (then President of Kyosho) was the one who set about looking for a vacuum molding factory.


  12. 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.

  13. Kyosho ‘Hoppin Mad’ Wheelie Action

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    1/12th scale Radio Controlled .10 engine powered wheelie action car series. Kit no. 31881 (/15800)

    The Kyosho ‘Hoppin Mad’ Wheelie Action is quite light and pretty fast for as small of an engine ( .10ci) as it has. A very unusual rc model. Kyosho made them in electric and gas version. It came preassembelt.

  14. 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.


  15. Kyosho (Graupner) Go Kart 10

    December 31, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    Kyosho developed this 1/4 scale R/C model to accurately reproduce the design and performance of original high-performance Kart.
    The model in the pictures is the Graupner (European) version of the Kyosho Go Kart, produced in the early ’80’s and sold in Europe by Graupner as Go Kart 10. This European model did not have ‘side-pods’ and front steering cover of the Kyosho Racing Kart 10 and the driver was made of hard plastic. The steeringservo is placed under the ‘bum’ of the driver and activates the steeringwheel. With this direct steering control like a true racing kart, this machine offers a fascinating driving experience, completely different to standard R/C cars.


  16. 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.

  17. Kyosho Lancia Delta integrale 16V

    December 30, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    Kyosho Radio Controlled 10 engine powered 4WD Rally Car – Lancia Delta integrale 16V – Kyosho Kit No. 3044.
    Exiting true-scale RC Lancia Delta rally car. High performance with powerful .10 engine and high-traction four wheel drive.
    All major mechanical parts factory assembled for easy preparation.
    Effective wichbone/arm all-independent suspention with oil filled shocks for top handling on all surfaces. Super-easy starting with recoil-type starter. Efficient, reliable drive system with shafts and triple differentials.


  18. 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.


  19. Kyosho Lamborghini Diablo VT – Scale Car Series Kit 1/10th scale

    December 29, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    Rare and vintage Kyosho Kit No.4253 – 1/10 scale Kyosho Lamborghini Diablo VT – Scale Car Series Kit.
    4 wheel drive, detailed interior. Awesome car!

    The real, full-size Lamborghini Diablo was produced between 1990 and 2001. During this period, Lamborghini introduced several variations of the Diablo concept among which the Diablo VT (Visco Traction), which featured an all-wheel drive.

  20. 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


  21. Kyosho Blizzard 1982 (Graupner Pistenbully)

    February 25, 2009 by Jaap Dienaar

    The Kyosho Blizzard of 1982 was also marketed as Graupner Pistenbully in Europe. Kyosho did introduce the original version in 1982. The Blizzard/Pistenbully was produced by Kyosho in the 80s and distributed by Graupner in Germany. It’s a 1/12 scale replica of the Kässbohrer PB170D/DR from 1976.
    Kyosho offered a nitro version and electro powered version. The 1982 model was primairly available as electro powered version, later Kyosho introduced the nitro engine powered version. As option part it had a moveable shovel and a moveable rolling drum on the rear, operated by two seperate servos which both could be controlled by a third and fourth channel on the remote control.