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Suzuki B-King Final Prototype

The top brand in the RC world today, is credited with producing the RC car in Japan. Now in its 40th year, now is an time to chronicle the fascinating story of the DASH 1 creation in first part of a series on the of Kyosho.

1971: The Kyosho 1 is presented at an Aircraft Pageant at International Trade Center by Mitsuboshi Shoten. From the Mr. Hisashi Suzuki (Founding of Kyosho), Mr. Harukuni Takahashi — TMSC), Mr. Tachio (Isuzu) and Mr.

Yasushi Toshimori Omori). Three professional drivers were invited to run the 1.

What was the first Japanese RC car produced? It is now 40 years since started business and it was in 1970 Kyosho started selling the 1. Lets take a look in time to see the birth of the DASH 1, agreed by the industry to be the first RC car in Japan.

Radio control spread through the model from the about 1960, the Tokyo Olympics. Still as luxury items, most and attention was focussed on model Many people still if RC could be adapted to an engine car, but there were no to develop this into

There was one person took the necessary to bring this to life. This was Kyosho’s Mr. Hisashi Suzuki (then of Kyosho). According to Mr.

Naohiko (President of Automodel) the almost developer of the DASH 1, it was Mr. H. Suzuki who up the idea.

At that time, Mr. H. Suzuki was in and out of the U.S. Army base in for the import and export of toys. the U.S. Army, he was able to the latest engine powered available.

In 1969, conscription and the war saw many soldiers in Japan strong interests in RC models.

as seen in the photograph, the four were sophisticated non-RC cars, and could not be considered as designed as RC cars. When Mr. H. showed these four to Mr.

Otsuki with the proclamation what’s out there now, it was the beginning of something special.

to Mr. Otsuki, the only really point of reference from the models was the centrifugal clutch in one of the Basically, the board track and line type American were very different RC cars, so there wasn’t anything else to learn them.

Even in Japan, a called RIKEN had produced a control line midget car one year earlier (kit was 12,000 Yen, with tires). But a centrifugal clutch included on the RIKEN midget just direct engine

Mr. Otsuki says at first he know what a centrifugal was. Originally, Mr. Otsuki at one of Japan’s automobile parts so he had a strong understanding of car mechanics. Mr. couldn’t think of a simpler type than the cone-clutch, but he to disassemble the automatic centrifugal on his Honda Cub.

But the Cub’s was a multi-board clutch and provide much insight. A cone clutch was also but in the end, an internal expansion-type centrifugal clutch was the final In the beginning, Bakelite was cast and the was machined from muku (uniform steel).

About six after trials began, the prototype shown in the photograph was At this time, the engine was horizontal with a front The engine was fixed directly to the to allow engine heat to and to give a lower center of

However, this engine-mounting was not so good for maintenance and although the was innovative, it was not applied. Also, the S shape and twin exhaust would be well remembered in the racing cars of the day.

Mr. detailed appreciation of real was obvious, even in the wheels. The diecast aluminum wheels modelled on the Nissan R382 of time. More than modelled, they were A big fan of the R382, Mr.

Otsuki says he Nissan public relations and soon received the diagrams design illustrations) for the actual wheels. The three body chosen were the most racing machines in the Japanese Prix: Porsche 917, T70 and the McLaren Elba. The bodies vacuum molded, a totally new in RC at the time. Mr.

H. Suzuki was the one who set about for a vacuum molding factory.

The issue of a radio system was by the Futaba 4 Channel. The leader in field at the time was an American called Orbit, but Futaba was selling top-class products as Another Japanese manufacturer: Denko, made the Single for boats, but it was not suitable for providing the control needed.

Futaba’s 4 Channel, two-stick for airplanes was a little too extravagant for Futaba also had a 1-stick radio for boats, but engine and rudder operation were the same stick. This it quite difficult to adapt for use RC cars.

DASH 1 and its DASH 2 Japan’s celebrated Skyline GTR and Z.

The DASH 1 was released for sale one later, and created a storm of all over Japan. Motorsport was a boom, and Japanese car-makers putting a lot of effort into their racing reputations. was the golden age of Japanese motorsport.

The 1’s realistic style and were received with appreciation from motorsport at its release.

It was also the first in its to use TV advertising. Airing only daily at 11:00 at night, fans were still delighted.

The DASH 1 was priced at Yen without engine. As shown in the the body line-up of seven from the Porsche 917 to the Skyline Engines used were the imported 19-class VECO Germany) and KB (U.S.A.) marine with a Perry Carburettor and Fuel Stopper and a car muffler.

The 1 also included nylon to prevent nuts loosening. As were the latest technology in aircraft, they weren’t in Japan yet. This them very expensive so Mr. says they decided to use nuts in about ten areas they were absolutely

Now we have products like lock so these problems have to be overcome, but back these had to be managed by Mr. Otsuki

According to Mr. Otsuki, the thing made the DASH 1 such a were the wheels. Even car fanatics were full of for the workmanship. Some even they slept with under their pillows.

You say that this was also due to generosity and help.

One year (1971), the DASH 2 targeted at (price: 16,500 Yen) was The DASH 1 used a two-piece but the DASH 2 had a one-piece chassis and the was only at a slight front In addition, the SUPER DASH 26,000 Yen) was released as a level machine.

In 1971, the Model Racing Car Association was established, and the first Kyosho for 1/8 scale racing cars was at a specially constructed race at Fuji Speedway. The winner a trip to Hawaii. From point, Kyosho cars and have evolved to where we are

In 1972, the DASH 3 and the DUNE were released, starting the racing phenomenon.

When about the time of the DASH 1, its not to mentioned the Kyosho Bell 220 radio system. This was the ever wheel-type transmitter and is still the main type of used for RC cars today.

At the time, only stick-type for airplanes existed. So RC car racers forced to use stick-type transmitters. Mr.

H. wondered why stick transmitters used to control RC cars, and development of the Bell Star straight away.

Suzuki B-King Final Prototype

However, the Star was ahead of its time and accepted by consumers. There some problems with and it developed a negative reputation. this was when electronic makers had just started RC systems, so problems were at the time.

Now every RC company has a transmitter, but developing and releasing a new age product back in those was a very courageous thing Mr. H. Suzuki was a big innovator of this in RC.

Even in RC systems for cars, he was a pioneer. (to be continued).

Prototype Car

first prototype car completed. 1/8

Loaded with slightly tilting Ueda Engine. used was a Futaba 1-Stick. illustrations are laid underneath.

prototype. Engine is mounted Almost exactly like that was released into the Loaded with Enya 19

Mr. H. Suzuki and Mr. Otsuki research from the American market. In any the cars were non-RC cars, or hand-made. The 3 cars on top and the car on the are American. The 2 cars on the lower are the Kyosho DASH prototypes.

A prototype is also on the far right.

The very first prototype The body is a McLaren Elba. At time, wheels were machined. A Futaba 4 channel RC system, still unique at time, was used.

1970, test running of 3 prototype in the public car park of the Kokuritsu Bodies are from left: 917, Lola T70 and McLaren

Mr. Naohiko Otsuki starting the 1 with a hand made (using 12V and Mabuchi motor). Mr. Hiroshi Kimura controlling the stick on the Futaba 4 Ch.

The big moment test run: in the rain. in background is Futaba 1-Stick.

running Lola T70 creates a A successful test made it a day.


Ferrari Wheelbase: 300mm, Tread (F) Weight: 2.3kg, Gear 5:1, Clutch: Centrifugal, 15

21, Radio: 2 Channel.


For beginners: the DASH 2.

The Kyosho Star 220, a 2-channel radio system. The first with a wheel-type controller.

Suzuki B-King Final Prototype


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