Kyosho / Graupner Nissan Datsun 240Z Rally Sports

After the release of the Eleck Peanuts in 1978, Kyosho releases its second electric off-road RC car in 1979. The Renault Alpine A310 was based on its brand new chassis called Rally Sports.

A Nissan 240Z and a Mercedes 280G followed the same year. All these models were made available on the European market in 1980 through the German importer Graupner.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

During this period, many RC cars were made of aluminum and light steel. For this Nissan, Kyosho reused the design of its existing nitro cars.

The main chassis is made of two aluminum rails with specific forms. It supports the rear and front drivetrains.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The RC unit box attached to the chassis provides good protection to the electronics.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The battery is perpendiculary-placed at the rear, with the mechanical speed controller on top. There is enough space left for the steering servo, the power pack and the radio receiver.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The front suspension is of double wishbone type, including springs working as shock absorbers. Hardness is adjustable by changing the anchor points. The front knuckles are connected to the wishbone with ball joints in order to limit the wheel camber during suspension work.

There is no bearing or bushing at the front. The servo-saver is mounted on the axis which supports the body.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The rear suspension is of trailing arm type and all parts are made of aluminum. At the front, the springs work as shock absorbers. Bushings guide the wheel axles and the driving shafts are dog bones.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The transmission is filled with oil to lubricate the gears and the differential. As the motor mount is static, you need to change the motor pinion and the spur gear to modify the gear ratio. The protective cover should be gently tighten otherwise it may touch the spur gear.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports




The body was painted like the 1971 Nissan 240Z East African Safari Rally. The body was raised and the rear tires were changed to improve the off-road look.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

The bodyset is a reproduction found in the best specialist store : MarwanRC.com. The lexan quality is very good and thicker than the original bodyset’s. The decals are perfectly reproduced and white stickers are opaque.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

On the track, driving this car is surprising despite of its age.

The front drivetrain lets you turn with confidence due to its lack of reactivity. The Nissan rides well on off-road surface but there is a lot of chassis-roll when cornering due to the lack of hydraulic dampers. The differential really works well limiting the oversteer when accelerating. However, the transmission is noisy and both the suspension springs and the servo-saver are too soft.

The car is far from reaching speeds similar to modern models, but considering it dates from the beginnings of the RC off-road electric vehicles, the comparison is far from being ridiculous.

Graupner Kyosho Nissan Datsun 240z Fairlady Rally Sports

These cars were eclipsed by the success of Tamiya SRB chassis. Nevertheless, they are an important part of the RC panorama of the period when RC were mainly On-Road 1:12 cars and nitro buggies.

The tough aluminum structure is very representative of the “old school” manner. Despite of the very reasonable play in assembly, the quality of molded parts is very good considering the small size.

I have been fond of this Nissan for a long time since it is the basis of some Kyosho legendary models released a few years later. I especially think about the Scorpion which borrows the Nissan’s rear drivetrain and chassis.

I do really love this car: for me, it is more attractive than a Tamiya SRB and it has an undeniable charm on the track.

David From RC4ON.com

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3131 Kyosho Nissan Saurus

In 1989, Kyosho expands its range of RC products by introducing an unusual car in its “Scale” series (denomination found in catalogs).

It is the 1:10 scale replica of a Saurus Cup car. This Cup took place in Japan and was based on identical cars powered by a 987cc 4-cylinder engine developing 70cv for a total weight of 400kg. Many evolutions followed raising the engine up to 1800cc, horsepower up to 150 and total weight up to 510kg.

Few models still exist, probably due to both unattractive pictures in catalogs and lack of knwoledge about the Saurus Cup on European and American continents.

It shares its chassis with the Porsche 911 Flatnose, the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari Testarossa. The parts design clearly reflects the brand’s philosophy for quality. It is based on the Ultima 2, from which it borrows the chassis, drivetrains and gearbox. The aluminum chassis, the steel radio plate and the flat black plastic parts look tough.

The model is suitable for beginners who want a reliable car with an unusual look.

Kyosho Nissan Saurus

The Ultima 2 is an efficient off-roader, but its on-road conversion does not make it as radical as a car that was originally designed for the track. The dampers, the steering rods and the ground clearance are evidences of the low-cost conversion of a car that was born for off-road.

Kyosho Nissan Saurus

The body mount system is very practical as it requires no pin. At the front, a clip inside the body wraps around a rod on the dampers support. The rear features axes that tilt at their ends. Once the body is in place, springs at rear axes lower part block the whole.

On the track, the Saurus is very steady for a rear wheel-drive vehicle. The suspension travel grabs the chassis to the track while the body balances when cornering. The kit gear ratio is a little short so the top speed is quite low, but replacing the motor pinion with another one featuring more teeth will help.

Kyosho Nissan Saurus




The Saurus provides fun when you see it running on the track. The car was made ​​for the pleasure of beginners (or not): it forgives optimism excesses and doesn’t fear to occasionally visit grass along the track. At the first run, the Saurus provided me with a lot of pleasure: its behavior and its friendly yellow face bring something different to the RC world. This is neither a pure buggy or a pure onroad vehicle: it’s just yellow and very pleasant.

David from RC4ON.com

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58099 Tamiya Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

In october 1991, Tamiya releases the Nissan Skyline based on its new TA01 chassis. The car is the second of a very long series to come, the first being the Toyota Celica GT-Four. This chassis is Tamiya’s entry into the great On-Road 4WD touring family and it introduces the “TA” name that still exists.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Unlike its successor, the TA01 is becoming rare to find in a fine condition but this one has kept its original appearance over the years. Visually, the chassis shows many colors since the gearbox covers are red, dampers are blue, the chassis is gray and the drivetrain arms are black.

Many elements were borrowed from the Manta Ray that was released one year before, so it is normal to find a ball diff in the rear gearbox. The front one got a classic differential gear with pinions.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

In order to restore its original appearance, very few work has been done to the chassis, except the addition of ball bearings and a 53127 Nissan Speed ​​Tuned Gear. The body is perfectly reproduced by Tamiya and it deserves a closer look.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

In 2009, Tamiya reissued the body of the type R32 Nissan Skyline Calsonic Gr.A. version which helped restoring this car.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The “Box-art” decoration was made using Tamiya PS-23 Gun Metal body and X-10 for added parts such as mirrors and rear wing.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The intercooler place has been cut in order to fit a molded plastic part available under reference 54139 Scale RC accessory.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

A detailed cockpit with pilot, helmet and harness, took place inside. The cockpit is not included with the Kit: this one was found on Internet. The windscreen wipers, optional aluminum rims (Tamiya 51131 BBS Mesh Wheels) and the exhaust pipes built with two rods of plastic add to the extra realism touch.

The original plastic rims are built in two pieces which allows to change offset.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

You should know that installing the optional Speed ​​Tuned Gear 53127 can sometimes be problematic because the rear gearbox is not compatible on the early version of TA01. The hole allowing the offset of the motor is not wide enough.

This picture shows the first gearbox version.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The second version of the gearbox features a wider hole and a notch allowing to offset the motor axis.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

The TA01 produces a surprising noise due to its central drive shaft vibrating. The too soft suspension causes strong chassis roll when taking corners, but this doesn’t affect the scale look of the car. The original 540 is not powerful and will not exceed the chassis limit, but speed is very correct using the optional speed gear.

Tamiya 58099 Nissan Skyline

Driving this model is a real pleasure. However, it is sometimes necessary to restrict the heat on the track because you feel in confidence and can make the worst mistake of your day. It would be sad to see all this work wrecked in a second.

David from RC4on.com

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