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Duke Concepts 'Dukomo'

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Hello all,

Another conversion kit for the Yokomo YZ-870c/YZ10 but this time from the U.S.A. courtesy of J.D. Beckwith's former company Duke Concepts. Just like Craig Drescher and CML did with the Yokomo Works '91, J.D. Beckwith (Factory Driver) designed a collection of parts to enhance the performance of the Yokomo YZ-870c. The end product dubbed the Dukomo was very competitive and caught the interest of Beckwith's fellow racers and he subsequently produced these parts for them also. I have posted bellow an excellent article from RCCA explaining in detail the history of J.D. Beckwith's design and all the parts that were offered by Duke Concepts for the Yokomo 4WD.

I purchased this car maybe 10 years ago and was so happy just to have an original Dukomo in my possession. I was too young to purchase the parts when they were originally available but I do remember seeing a Duke Concepts advertisement in RCCA wishing I could afford these parts (and of course a Yokomo YZ-870c :lol: ). I stripped the car down and had intentions to restore it to the specification that I had received it. As was the case, life and other projects got in the way and the project was put on hold. After recently rebuilding a Yokomo Drescher Edition (http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=33294), I decided to take out the Dukeomo and try my best to return it to its original condition. Putting this car back together was just fantastic and very similar obviously to the Drescher Edition. The parts fit was excellent as expected and it always a pleasure for me to work with high quality materials. The DA Graphite iridium finish parts are extremely stiff and coupled with the Jammin Jay top deck provide a solid platform. Obviously the battery placement is different from the stock YZ-870c (but very similar to the Drescher Edition) and provides the opportunity to place the cells closer to the centerline of the chassis. Very similar solution to what Yokomo did with their 1989 winning IFMAR Super Dogfighter.


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Here is another example of this unique model - http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=23555&hilit=dukomo

It seems to be a latter version than the one I have (the bellcranks look to be more refined in design and the rear arms have what look to be a wheel base adjustment built into them).

I plan on doing a head to head between the Dukomo and the Drescher Edition. I will compare the dimensions/weight and overall quality. Two similar approaches by two Factory drivers from two different countries striving to achieve the same objective... to improve the performance of the Yokomo Super DogFighter.

Feel free to leave comments and I will answer any questions you might have.

Vin

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You got some neat stuff, Vin.

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You always find some way to amaze us with your rare finds and of course meticulous workmanship. Thanks for sharing these wondeful pictures Vin always something to look forward to in your next post.
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This is all very interesting!

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Stunning Vin! 8) just flat-out amazing

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Where do you get your stuff ??? Sure is great vin!
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That is seriously nice.

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Charlie don't surf wrote:Stunning Vin! 8) just flat-out amazing

AS ALWAYS!!!!!! :shock: 8)

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Thanks guys for all your kind words. These types of RC cars are the reason why I enjoy this hobby so much. I have always been drawn to the 'scratch built' factor, even more so when the product works well. During the 90's, I used to enjoy reading (mostly RCCA) the big race reports as it was common among most manufactures to bring prototype cars hoping for a good result. Some great examples can be found here-

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=22111

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=81&t=6583&start=15

http://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=22221

For sure I am fortunate to have this car in my collection and happy that you guys like it.

Vin

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J.D. Has started racing again. I saw him just last week. LMK if you have any Q's for him. -Jeff

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J.D. Has started racing again. I saw him just last week. LMK if you have any Q's for him. -Jeff
Thank you very much Jeff :D

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another beauty vin. that's awesome.

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Awesome. Welcome to the Duke concept Team!! My Dukomo is happily sitting on the shelf :lol:
DUKOMO

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I would bet that that is Ron Rossetti's old car. -Before Losi came out with a 4wd. -J

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I would bet that that is Ron Rossetti's old car. -Before Losi came out with a 4wd. -J
Now that would be really cool Jeff 8) What gives you the impression that it could be Ron Rossetti's car? Paint design?

Vin

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Some good ideas on that car. I was spinning the axles on an 870c recently and marveled at how HEAVY the hubs are, and how much difference a simple lightening would make. Another thing that caught my attention is the stiffness(or lack there of) in the suspension system. Traditional ball link upper rods let the arm flex all around. I like the rear hubs on your car. It seems they would improve that situation. Very cool car, and quite inspiring.

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