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Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Finally starting my Turbo Inferno build. I have been planning to build an Inferno since shortly after I started building my Turbo Burns. I have a real soft spot for both of these models.

The Inferno is the first 1/8th buggy released by Kyosho under the leadership of Yuuichi Kanai. He has remained as the main man behind the Kyosho buggies to present day, with the recent release of the MP10. Although there were not a lot of changes between the Burns and Inferno models, the updates seem well executed and make for a stronger and more capable car.

My plan is to build a full option Turbo Inferno using vintage upgrades from Kyosho and other aftermarket companies. Much like my Turbo Burns build, this will be a pristine shelf queen that could actually be capable of running with just a little prep. I have been very fortunate to find some very scarce parts for this car, as well as beautiful donor car. My list of needed parts is fortunately pretty short. I will list them below with the hope someone here may be able to help track them down.

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Donor car - This is how I received it. It is a new but mostly built Inferno 4WD. It was built well, and is good and dirty from sitting in a garage. Fortunately it doesn't have a scratch on it, and came with a brand new OS RX. Although it isn't a Turbo version, I will be replacing/upgrading all the parts that make the difference, and then some. It will be completely torn down, and rebuilt using the upgrades.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Parts & Engine - I already had this new OS RX ready for this build. I added the Duratrax flywheel and rear cooling fins, and header pipe. I have a purple Kyosho motor mount coming to replace the plain silver unit shown here.

Not all the parts are shown here, plus more are still being shipped. I still have lots of details to sort, such as electronics, linkage, and paint.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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The build has officially begun. I was beyond excited to find this NIP BSW86. I had nearly given up and was about to purchase the AR Products aluminum steering kit, which is nice, but I much prefer the BSW86 for this build.

** Since I posted this, I have found a Duratrax front plate and radio tray that I will use to replace the carbon fiber unit from AR Products, and the stock aluminum tray. I like how the material of the Duratrax pieces matche the Duratrax chassis.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Nice build, great pics, wish i could take pics like yours
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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^ Thanks! I bought a simple light box awhile back, and it works well.

Progress shots. Still waiting on parts like rear carbon tower, blue hinge plates, BSW19 gear, and more.

I upgraded both front and rear diffs to BS106 housings, and BSW1 & BSW2 gears. The BS106, with its additional o ring for sealant allows for the use of oil instead of grease.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Built the shocks and added the blue hinge mounts.
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More parts and progress. I am so excited to have found this NIP Kyosho special center diff housing and blue wheels. Same goes for the purple engine mounts.

I don't yet have a BSW19 gear, but I am hopeful that Dimitri will be helping me out in this department.

Still waiting on a few key parts, but once they come I should be able to bring this thing to roller status. I am pretty surprised how fast this build is coming together. Most of the hard stuff, like disassembly, cleaning, polishing, and rebuilding of the donor buggy is done. These Kyosho vintage 1/8th scale builds take a lot of prep work for me. I try to get every part just right, which means polishing all aluminum and hardware, and finish treating all the plastics. It's a level of OCD I don't wish on anyone, but it does make for a nice result.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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This is bound to end well :-)
You´ve found some very nice parts.
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Nice work so far, I like that blue wheel set! 8)
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Attn to detail is off the chain, and those pictures!!!
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Lavigna wrote: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:17 pm ^ Thanks! I bought a simple light box awhile back, and it works well.
Maybe not the right place for it, but do you have details of the Light Box you use?

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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Yup
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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^ Thanks all. This is the light box I have -https://www.amazon.com/Promaster-Still-Life-LED-Studio/dp/B07BX32GMJ
Promaster Stil Life LED Studio 2.0. I got their largest version at 28"x28". After 6 months of use, here are my thoughts on this light box.

Pros - Perfect lighting at the flip of a switch. Comes with different background colors. Folds very flat for under bed storage. Good quality.

Cons - Takes up a lot of space when erected. Even with the largest size, it's difficult to photograph entire vehicles without seeing one or both corners of the light box in the background. This is not a big deal, but it bugs me when I see the corner seam in the background.

The build continues. These matching Duratrax front plate and radio tray are icing on the cake of this build. I have never seen a picture of either installed, and wasn't even sure Duratrax made a radio tray. Well, it turns out they do. They also make a top brace for the center diff housing, but I don't need that since I am using the special Kyosho optional unit. I love the blacked out look, and how the Duratrax chassis, front plate, and radio tray are all matching material. I had to spend way too much for these two small pieces, but they sure do fit well on this build.

The BSW55 center diff housing requires you to cut out a small section of the radio tray. I was so nervous to cut the Duratrax piece I just found, and spent a small fortune on. It turned out well though. The Panic center drive bones are aluminum and should look pretty cool. I happened on them awhile back, and bought them for cheap not really knowing what they would fit. Score!
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Those aluminum center shafts are rad!
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Re: Kyosho Turbo Inferno - New Rebuild

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Where did u get this cool piece?
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