Nov 292014
 
kyosho salute

LAST in the Optima series, the Kyosho SALUTE included all the best features of the cars in the series. Ball bearings, front and rear sway bars, those beautiful gold shocks - and of course the low profile tyres and large wheels. A funky and "futuristic" body (as was the fashion at the time), adorned the aging chassis.
Unfortunately though, the Chain drive car's time was very close to an end. Inefficiency when compared to a good belt design, coupled with the aging chassis and suspension technology, lead to the end of the Optima series.
There were two Salute kits produced - the Orange as seen here - and one exactly the same - except with a Blue colour scheme. Minor differences in the body were all that separated the two Salute kits.
In fact - Kyosho offered a belt drive conversion for these cars - which many people fitted to get that last bit of life out of their favourite racer......in truth - even though heavy at the time - the original Optima's design was still competitive when fitted with the belt conversion.
There was only one more kit in the Optima chain drive series - the "celebration" gold kit - which was more designed as a tribute to the Optima, than a competition car. I am very fortunate to have one of these kits NIB.

Manufacturer: Kyosho
Model - Salute
Released : October 1986
Model # : 3034
Length : 390 mm
Width: 240 mm
Wheel Base : 260 mm
Height : 130 mm
Weight : 1700 grams
Drive : 4WD - via chain.

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Vintage RC KYOSHO Buggy OT 27 Optima Javelin Turbo Optima Salute Pro Gear Set
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OT Bearing Set 1901 1903 1911 Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute
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OT 7 Rear Plates Left  Right Kyosho Optima Javelin Salute Turbo Optima
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OT 26 Driver Doll Kyosho Optima Turbo Optima Salute
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OT 69 Front  Rear Suspension Arms Kyosho Turbo Optima Salute Optima Pro
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OT 1 Front  Rear Gear Box Halves Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute
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OT 14 Under Guard Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute Optima Pro
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OT 20 Main Chassis Rails Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute Optima Pro
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OT 42 Servo Saver Plastic Parts Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute
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OT 12 Radio Plate Upper Deck Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Optima Salute
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DE 6 Plastic Parts A Kyosho 120 Baja Bugs Series Turbo Optima Ultima Salute
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OT 57 Front  Rear Shock Stay Set Kyosho Turbo Optima Javelin Salute Optima Pro
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OT 72 Heat Sink Kyosho Optima Mid Turbo Optima Ultima F1 Sideways Salute
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OT 7 Rear Plate Set Kyosho Optima Javelin Turbo Optima Salute Optima Pro
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OT 27 Counter Gear Assy Kyosho Optima Javelin Turbo Optima Salute Optima Pro
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Vintage Kyosho Optima OT32 58mm aluminum ball Salute Javelin Inferno Rampage
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OT 34 Rear Suspension Strut Plate Kyosho Optima Turbo Optima Javelin Salute
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