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Coel's Stalls

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Topic Revised: March 2015

My original Gallery post was quite outdated and I figured could use some streamlining.

I joined this forum after digging my old Kyosho Optima out of storage and decided to restore it. I removed some googly-eyes stickers that were cute at the time, but seemed childish now. I've upgraded parts with gold aluminum when I've been able to track them down, and the hunt continues for elusive gold C-carriers. :wink:

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=16938

Details:

-Original chain-drive with hard final pinion gear
-Original Option House Gold Celebration chassis, sideguards, motor guard
-Aftermarket red Kydex bumper cut back & dyed black
-LRP A.I. Automatic Super Reverse ESC
-Black can mystery 14x1 4-minute motor

Hop-ups:

-Aluminum Sees wheels
-Titanium camber links
-Gold alloy tie-rods, Cross outdrives, kingpins, antenna mount, wheel nuts
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ZebraOptima_Front1.jpg
ZebraOptima_Side.jpg
ZebraOptima_Rear.jpg
Zebra_PolishedWheels2.JPG
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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Re: Coel's Stalls

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I made my first video (other than just recording with a digital cam and calling it done, anyway)...test-driving the Zebra beast on a gravel road at the lake for the first time. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/7jv-2dYfyQQ
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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Marui Galaxy

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This is my brother's Marui Galaxy, which I rebuilt & upgraded for my brother. It's his car but I found it hiding in a box in my house for 20+ years, unbeknownst to either of us. I resto-modded it and unveiled it for him on his birthday. He was quite blown away, to say the least. 8)

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=18492

Mods & hop-ups:

-Bushings, oilless metal replaced w/bearings
-Wheels & tires upgraded with modern Carson wheels & low-profile tires
-Blue parts (except roll-cage) replaced w/NIP parts
-3 black upper chassis covers replaced w/NIP covers
-Custom-fit a larger new wing using a wire mount instead of bolting the wing directly to the roll-cage
-Custom-fit 3Racing 54.5mm shocks to replace the hinky-dink tiny-diameter stock shocks
-Fabricated new rear shock towers & modded rear control arms to fit 54.5mm shocks & ball-ends
-Upgraded steering linkage from weak & badly bent 1.5mm rods & L-bends to 3mm threaded rods, balls & ball-ends
-Upgraded powertrain from stock MSC & tin-can Mabuchi to freshly rebuilt Kyosho Le Mans 480 Gold, Tamiya Grasshopper re-re ESC, 7.2V 4200 mAh battery
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MaruiGalaxy1.jpg
MaruiGalaxy2.jpg
MaruiGalaxy3.jpg
MaruiGalaxy4.jpg
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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Re: Coel's Stalls

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Sorry for some of the repeat photos, I removed some of the childish "googly-eyes" stickers from my Zebra Optima's windows (applied back in the mid-80's), and wanted to take a group photo of cars I've done thus far....a Marui Galaxy with a Turbo Optima sandwich. :mrgreen:
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ZebraOptima1.JPG
ZebraOptima2.JPG
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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Gallery Updated - Project CYANide finished

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Adding some pics of my Project CYANide Turbo Optima as the car has finally been completed. Build thread here:

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=17726

Details:

-Kyosho Turbo Optima w/belt drive conversion
-Aluminum parts polished & anodized
-Alloy top deck from pargu2000
-Hobbywing 35A ESC; Futaba S3003 servo (swapped out Castle Sidewinder ESC for another car)
-SpeedPassion Sport-Tuned v2.0 17.5T 2500 kV motor
-HPI VTA wheels & tires, 1970 AAR 'Cuda body
-1488 grams w/body, clips; no battery

Mods & hop-ups:

-Alloy turnbuckles, 4.8mm ball studs & ball cups throughout
-Kyosho TF-3 billet front control arms; Spider front CVD's
-GPM Tamiya DF02 rear control arms #2056
-MIP HPI RS4 Shiny CVD bones #1182 mated to Lazer LA245 CVD axles
-Duratrax Maximum steering knuckles #DTXC9953
-Duratrax DTXC8100 chrome outdrives
-3Racing Lazer ZX-5 rear hub/carriers #ZX5-18/V2/BU
-3Racing Lazer ZX-5 shock set #ZX5-01/BU
-Associated MMGT blue shock springs #25544
-Tamiya blue alloy stabilizer balls #53644 w/4.8mm Delrin ball-ends
-Custom-made graphite front shock tower
-Custom-made Kydex front bumper
-Kyosho 3mm thin hexes (front)
-Golden Hobbies 1/16 E-Revo hexes (rear) customized for 2mm thick cross-pins
-RCScrewz stainless steel screw set
Attachments
CudaDone1.jpg
CudaDone2.jpg
CudaDone5.jpg
CudaDoneBodyOff1.jpg
CudaDoneBodyOff2.jpg
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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"Barney": Turbo Optima resto-mod

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My gallery needs to be updated with a few completed projects, starting with my "Barney the Dinosaur"-themed Kyosho Turbo Optima (with regular Optima body & unknown wing).

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=21530

Details:

-Kyosho Turbo Optima w/belt drive conversion
-Aluminum parts polished & anodized
-Bullistorm 60A ESC & Tacon 11T/3200 kV brushless motor
-Axial Rockster wheels with 5mm axle adapter washers
-Proline Caliber 2.2" tires

Mods & hop-ups:

-Titanium HPI & Schumacher turnbuckles, 4.8mm ball studs & ball cups throughout
-Kyosho Maxxum front control arms; GPM C-Carriers for Kyosho Lazer
-Duratrax Maximum steering knuckles #DTXC9953
-Duratrax DTXC8100 chrome outdrives
-GPM Tamiya DF02 rear control arms #2056
-Kyosho Lazer 68mm CVD's
-Rare alloy rear hubs/carriers for Kyosho Optima
-4 Kyosho Gold long shocks (reanodized) with custom carbon shock towers
-HPI purple alloy stabilizer balls #53644 w/4.8mm Delrin ball-ends
-Custom-made Kydex front bumper
-RCScrewz stainless steel screw set
-Custom Lexan undertray & Kydex wheelie pad
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BarneyDone_Front1.JPG
BarneyDone_Side.jpg
BarneyDone_Top.JPG
BarneyDone_Rear.jpg
Barney_BodyOff_Top.JPG
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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AYK Buffalo resto-mod: "FrankenBuff"

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I restored this AYK Buffalo, which was originally my buddy's car, for his girlfriend--hence the rather feminine color scheme. I painted it in colors she wanted.

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=24843
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Buffalo_Done1.jpg
Buffalo_Done3.jpg
Buffalo_Done2.jpg
Buffalo_Done5.jpg
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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OptiMutt: RWD-modded Turbo Optima Mid SE

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This project began with a set of sweet aluminum wheels that I acquired, but I wanted to do something different than yet another 4WD Optima. I hadn't seen too many vintage mid-motored RWD cars, they're not even that common now, so I made that my goal for this build. Early on, I also wanted to incorporate an upgrade to the steering bellcrank, using an alloy unit with bearings.

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=30216

Details:

-Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid SE
-Leopard Toro 60A ESC & 12T 3300kv brushless motor combo

Mods & hop-ups:

-Trinity gold camber links
-Tamiya #54250 - 3x42mm aluminum tie-rods and 4.8mm ball studs & ball cups throughout
-Kyosho Maxxum front control arms; GPM #2056 alloy rear arms (for Tamiya DF-02)
-Yeah Racing #M05-007D2BU - 2-degree toe-in rear hub set w/4 x 4.8mm alloy hex balls & ball ends (for Tamiya M05)
-3Racing #ZX5-19/HD - 68mm CVD's (for Kyosho Lazer ZX-5)
-Yeah Racing #TA05IFS-005BU - 4-degree front C-hub set w/bearings, kingpins, spacers (for Tamiya TA05-IFS)
-3Racing #TA05-15/V2/LB - Steering blocks Ver. 2 (for Tamiya TA05); Tamiya 5x11x4mm bearings
-Yeah Racing #M03-131BU - Aluminum axles (for Tamiya M03/M04/M05 series)
-Tamiya #54235 - Alloy racing steering set w/bearings (for Tamiya FF-03)
-Yeah Racing #SER-041BU - Alloy servo mount set
-Tamiya #51000 - High-torque servo saver
-3Racing #3RAC-HTS30/LB - Short-throw Tamiya-style alloy servo horn
-Yeah Racing #M05-16/LB - Linkage set (for Tamiya M05)
-3Racing #FF03-11/LB - Front stabilizer mount kit
-Kyosho Gold shocks with custom carbon shock towers
OptiMutt_Done_Side.jpg
OptiMutt_Done_Above.jpg
OptiMutt_Done_Rear2.jpg
OptiMutt_Done_Front.jpg
OptiMutt_Done_BodyOff1.jpg
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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AE RC12L3 Resto-Mod: 1987 Buick GNX

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I always dreamed of having a Grand National RC car, but no GN body was ever made (in Lexan, anyway). Over the years, I discovered that a toy-grade RC was sold in 1:10 scale with a same-era Buick Regal body, but that RC car was some stupid-looking monster truck thing on idiotic huge wheels. I found a guy in Sweden (I think) who sold me the body only, but when I received it, the wheelbase, width, scale...everything was wacky. So I pretty much gave up on that idea.

It wasn't until later I discovered that TBG made a Monte Carlo body that was as close as you could get to a GN, but it was in 1/12 scale. So, I figured I'd try going that route instead, finding that with some luck and patience, 12th-scale pan car chassis' could sometimes be had on eBay for very reasonable prices, and ended up buying a chassis lot with 4 chassis plates, which included this AE RC12L3, so I decided that would be my platform for an attempt at building a GN.

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=35541

Details:

-AE RC12L3 chassis
-Turnigy TrackStar Gen II One-Cell 120A ESC
-Trinity Revtech 17.5T Kill Shot brushless motor
-Gens Ace 5100 mAh 25C saddle-pack battery (1 cell only)
-XCeed ITA Carbon wheels & foam tires
-TBG 1/12 Monte Carlo body (repro)
-Custom-made stickers (I created my own stickers for GN, GNX and T-Type variants of the Turbo Buicks)

Mods & hop-ups:

-Upgraded aluminum parts throughout, some AE, most GPM/AsiaTees
-Titanium tie-rods
-Custom-made lightweight front bumper
-Custom-made battery tray, posts, hold-down bar
GNX_Done_FrontCorner1.JPG
GNX_Done_Front1.JPG
GNX_Done_Rear1.JPG
GNX_Done_Side1.JPG
GNX_Done_Side2.JPG
Chassis_Done1.jpg
Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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Marui Shogun Resto-Mod

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Completed projects: CYANide Onroad Optima | Zebra Gold Optima | Barney Optima | OptiMutt RWD Mid
Gallery - Coel's Stalls: Marui Galaxy & Shogun Resto-Mods | FrankenBuff AYK Buffalo | 1987 Buick GNX RC12L3

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