Kyosho TF-5 ReadySet Mazda 6 preview

Dec 22, 2007 1 Comment by

Kyosho’s new TF-5 ReadySet just arrived here at RC Car Action, so lets crack open the box and have a look. But first, here’s Kyosho’s official info:

Reap the advantages of aerodynamic body and shaft-driven 4WD in this Readyset. Trusted NOVAK one-piece motor control amp and receiver unit makes high-performance driving even easier. Loaded with user-friendly 20-turn G20 motor with built-in cooling fan. Provides constant high power over long run times.

The world-class 1/10 EP touring car racing performance of the TF-5 is now packaged in a Readyset for a user-friendly shaft-driven machine to suit beginners through to expert racers. Add the stunning aerodynamics of the MAZDA 6 body printed with vivid color scheme and this machine is on the road fast. Setting adjustment points are available on many parts for fine tuning optimal performance. Now everyone can experience EP touring car racing at its thrilling best!

Features     
> Readyset packaged around the TF-5
> Vivid color scheme stencil printed onto a finished body.
> Sealed drive system ideal for parking lot racing performance.
> Drive system features full ball bearing specifications.
> Equipped with resin joint type universal swing shafts.
> Aluminum parts are anodized in red for spectacular color style.
> Composition of each part designed for impact resistance, ideal for a Readyset.
> Tires are pre-glued and motor control amp is also pre-set.
> Use optional motor and tire combinations to extract even more performance from the chassis.
> Compatible with TF-5 options and replacement parts and can be converted into different TF-5 versions.

Ready Set Contents
> Fully-assembled chassis with R/C unit installed
> Perfex KT-3HS transmitter
> Hex wrench, cross wrench 
 

And here it is on the bench…


The included Mazda 6 shell looks really sharp, and the factory graphics are some of the best I’ve seen–they’re not overdone. It looks good enough to go decal-free, but a full sheet of stickers is included.

That’s not a marshmallow on the chassis, just an over-exposed decal. The Orion LiPo pack isn’t included, but the Novak-built speed control/receiver combo and G20 motor are.

Here’s a closer look at the speed control/receiver and motor. My hat’s off to the factory worker who spends all day bundling the servo leads, that dude cares!

Ball differentials and full ball bearings are standard, along with turnbuckle toe and camber links, a red-anodized aluminum driveshaft, and red-ano’d aluminum shock caps and collars.

Universal-joint driveshafts are fitted at both ends of the car. Broad flats make the turnbuckles easy to adjust.

Axle close-up. The yokes are molded around the steel dogbone and stub-axle. Note how the dogbone flares out to a larger diameter where it meets the yoke.

Kyosho even anodizes the chassis-brace standoffs, giving the TF-5 ReadySet a higher-end look than the typical all-black-plastic RTR. The cast motor mount also supports the driveshaft for a rock-solid drivetrain. Check out that pinion!

Official Kyosho pics

 

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One Response to “Kyosho TF-5 ReadySet Mazda 6 preview”

  1. mikael says:

    I CANT BUY ONE

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