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I finally finished an Optima! Well almost...

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With all of the stuff I have going it took me around 4 months to get this far. :? I'm still working on cutting out the body and a few more details. This is a straight build up from the manual except for the belt drive conversion and sway bars which were on the car when I got it, the Trinity shocks and a dirt burners motor guard. The tires are the OT-30 Marwan reproductions as is the body (not pictured - yet). The arms, ball ends, rails, bumper and motor cover are also new parts. This is the only picture I have for now. Getting ready to hit the sack, will update the thread when I have more/better pictures.
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Great work Gary!

I love the Kyosho Optima. :mrgreen:
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Fantastic. Where are it's clothes? It's nudie!!! :)
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Very nice!

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Nice and clean so far! You're planning to keep that MSC? And how do those Trinity shocks work?
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Thanks guys! It was quite an adventure since this is the first Optima that I've torn down and rebuilt. So many pieces! And I had the pleasure of going backwards a few times. :? The instructions being in Japanese added quite a bit of fun, too. :lol: I doubt I'll use the MSC if this one gets run. I just had it handy and figured I would bolt it on for the sake of authenticity. It is missing a few pieces anyway. As far as how the shocks work, I don't know yet but they feel nice and smooth. I may go back tot he originals once I get some decent shock collars. Body shots are coming, I promise. Still trimming and fitting, then there's paint, stickers, etc. Are these things really ever "done"?
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RedScampi wrote:Are these things really ever "done"?
Nope...I have car projects from 20 years ago that still aren't complete :lol: .

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OK a few more pictures. No body yet...
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Very nice build. I have an Optima I am going to give some special treatment one day.

I really like seeing great examples of these cars. Your pics will be saved for future reference, thanks :mrgreen:

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nice work!!! looks awesome!!! im getting ready to build my runner soon.

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what rear bumper/motor protector is that? looks different than normal optima one.

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mikedealer wrote:what rear bumper/motor protector is that? looks different than normal optima one.
He says in the first post that it's a Dirt Burners (Thorp) guard. I've never seen one like it, either. I'd like one, though. :mrgreen:
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im illerate/lazy sorry lol, its nice. jr-rc has some a while ago in japan but they were a little expensive and werent sure how they looked because they were in packaging still

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Coelacanth wrote:
mikedealer wrote:what rear bumper/motor protector is that? looks different than normal optima one.
He says in the first post that it's a Dirt Burners (Thorp) guard. I've never seen one like it, either. I'd like one, though. :mrgreen:
Yes, it is unique to me as well. I got it nip on e-bay iirc in a buy it now auction. I still have the header card and the dirt burners sticker as well. It kind of inspired me to start this build. :wink:
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nice score and work you have there RedScampi. Although my first love for kyosho is javelin, this model of optima stand out :D

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