jeudi 13 mai 2021

Ultima mkI advertising

The early prototype of ultima mkI was sporting a monoshock front suspension, as can be seen in this advertising (exerpt from Rajicon Magazine from dec 1986)...

jeudi 27 août 2020

Akira Kogawa Building a Turbo Ultima for Joel Johnson

 A very cool video!

lundi 1 juin 2020

New Turbo Ultima Project

It's been ages I wanted to model an Ultima. Now that the Optima line is pretty much done (see on, I can take the time to achieve this long overdue project.

mercredi 28 août 2019

Ultima 2019 rerelease announcement !!!!

38.000JPY, coming in october 2019.
This is a biiiig news!!!
Akira Kogawa did it again! :D

samedi 24 septembre 2016

Tomahawk 2015

I totally forgot to post the rerelease of the Tomahawk...

This was clearly the precursor of the Optima... and a milestone in the Kyosho buggy history.

Finally the Tomahawk tires are available!

vendredi 23 septembre 2016

Turbo Scorpion 2016

Here's the latest vintage series, the TurboSco!!!
Looooooooong sought for, finally a rerelease!!!!
with modern versions of wheels in 2.2 fashion.

The shocks are wider (I'd not say bigbore yet)... 12mm diam instead of the original 10mm.
gearbox is the new Scorpion 2014 version, with slipper. All screws are hex, which is a great news.
Well... perhaps not for vintage fans looking for black screws. ;-)

mardi 22 juillet 2014

Return of the Scorpion

I guess you all know the great news; finally Akira Kogawa has revealed the project he's been working on for several years:  the ANCESTOR of the Ultima, the return of the famous Scorpion!!!

From Kyosho America:

This is the long awaited release of the retro vintage Scorpion, which was the cornerstone of the Kyosho off-road program during the late 70s and early 80s. Designed by the same designer as the original Scorpion, this new version is very faithful to many of the details that make it virtually identical to the original car, but there are some changes to increase the durability and performance. The shocks are higher quality with much smoother operation, and the spring pre-load collars will not snap like the old ones. ;o) The transmission is upgraded with 48-pitch gears and nearly all metal construction except for the compound counter gear. A sealed gear differential is driven via a modern slipper clutch to smooth out power delivery.

Of course the next step would be to rerelease all the glorious cars from the era, like the Optima, Ultima and Javelin (my favourite), but I guess it's only a limited phenomena... Such a pity.