The El Camino is a muscle automobile legend. Many years earlier than the time period was coined, it championed the idea of the crossover automobile. Launched initially in 1959 as a response to Ford’s related Ranchero, the El Camino was primarily a two-door station wagon (suppose Chevy Nomad) with the roof chopped off behind the entrance seats, forming a car-based pickup.
Produced initially on the full-size platform shared with the Impala, the El Camino was re-introduced in 1964 on the brand-new midsize Chevelle/Malibu chassis and the choice sheet was shortly expanded to incorporate the complete vary of Chevelle engines—together with the Tremendous Sports activities! That proved to be the goldilocks system; efficiency exploded and gross sales soared. Top quality was the mighty 375-horse L78 huge block from the Chevelle SS396, and the El Camino bought its personal Tremendous Sport trim choice beginning in 1968. That’s how Kyosho’s new Fazer is decked out with its SS396 badging prominently displayed on the’69-style grille.
The important thing to success for Kyosho’s muscle automobile themed on-road automobiles over the previous few years has been the styling. Kyosho can also be a revered identify within the area of diecast replicas, so its product designers have a eager understanding of the significance of the little particulars in capturing the genuine look of a basic automobile. From the longer wheelbase (to provide extra correct muscle automobile proportions) to upscale floor detailing to genuine trying wheels and tires, the Fazer collection of muscle automobiles goes effectively past the everyday semi-scale shell slapped onto a inventory touring automobile chassis.
Now Kyosho has an Mk2 model of the Fazer using sporting this attractive new 1969 El Camino SS 396. The El Camino is available in “Readyset” configuration—Kyosho-speak for totally able to run. All it wants is a battery pack (6-cell NiMH or 2SP) and 4 AA’s for the transmitter. Which means you’re simply moments away from peeling the tread off the scale-looking tires and reliving the muscle automobile golden age in 1/10 scale!
The Fazer Mk2 tub chassis is constructed to take a beating, with sealed gears, plus braces and reinforcements defending all of the steering and driveline parts. The wheelbase is about half an inch longer than a typical customary touring automobile chassis, which helps give extra lifelike proportions, though because the 1969 El Camino has a 116-inch wheelbase the ten.79 inch FZ02L remains to be somewhat brief to be exactly 1/10.
The additional size ought to assist with stability too. The Mk2 has added an higher deck plate over the entrance a part of the chassis, giving further safety to the steering servo and receiver in addition to growing stiffness. The Mk2 has switched to a belt-mount for the battery, giving further flexibility for a wide range of pack configurations.
The El Camino is a basher at coronary heart, so Kyosho tuned the suspension for stability over a wide range of on-road surfaces. The Mk2 switches to a brand new double A-arm entrance finish with revised bump steer and scrub radius settings to offer dependable steering and suspension actuation over barely rougher and fewer grippy surfaces that this automobile will spend most of its life on.
The setup additionally makes use of elevated elements interchangeability between entrance and rear to simplify upkeep. Whereas the suspension arms are mounted size there are a pair totally different mounting areas for the dampers, and the plastic-body shocks themselves are fluid-filled and have anodized aluminum caps, making them re-buildable, which supplies a little bit of tunability for these desirous to tinker with their Elky’s dealing with.
The center of any SS396 Chevy is burly huge block horsepower and tire-shredding torque. Offering the twist in Kyosho’s 1/10 model is Kyosho’s 14-turn G-series inventory brushed motor. Designated the G14L, the 550-class motor is ready right into a intelligent new mounted gear mesh motor mount. The inventory gear set has a 32T pinion to go along with the 68T spur gear for a ultimate ratio of 6.54:1, however Kyosho affords a complete of 9 pinion gear choices starting from 29 to 37T so you’ll be able to gear your Elky on your specific choice of sturdy launches or top-end pace.
The pace management is Kyosho’s Velocity Home 60A waterproof ESC which sees obligation in a wide range of each on- and off-road autos so it’s well-sealed and might deal with 2-3S LiPo or 6-8-cell NiMH packs. Ours was run totally on Kyosho’s personal 2200mAh 7.2V NiMH pack, however some further efficiency might be had with greater cell counts.
Let’s be actual—the largest promoting level for this automobile can be its basic muscle automobile appears, and the half automobile/half truck configuration of the El Camino is as distinctive as it’s iconic. Kyosho calls it an “Extremely Scale Physique” and key to capturing the look of the ’69 Elky are using separate fascia moldings for the entrance and rear, permitting them to seize the contours and undercuts of the physique extra faithfully.
It additionally signifies that if (extra possible when) Kyosho decides to launch a 1969 Chevelle model of the Fazer, they are going to have already got the entrance fascia molding as a result of from the A-pillar ahead the El Camino and Chevelle are similar. The true El Camino technically rides on the chassis of the Chevelle wagon so its wheelbase is 4 inches longer than the coupe, which implies the Fazer chassis ought to technically be about half an inch longer to be really 1/10 scale, however that minor discrepancy isn’t actually seen.
What’s seen are the individually molded chrome bumpers, mirrors and trim, and little extras just like the flared wheel arches, the raised emblem on the grille, and the properly utilized chrome tape strips on the window surrounds, wheel arches and mattress lip. The headlights even have lifelike chrome bezels and translucent lenses in order that they’re prepared for a lightweight package if you wish to set up one. The El Camino is sprayed in Tuxedo Black with white SS stripes that look nice with their delicate pinstriped edges.
The dimensions physique is simply a part of the system for this El Camino’s successful look. A muscle automobile like this could look ridiculous sporting a set of generic touring automobile rims with scrawny little ribbon sidewall tires. As a substitute, Kyosho modeled some vintage-look chrome wheels. Curiously, Kyosho refers to them as “Rostyle” kind wheels, however Rostyles had been really British copies of American-made Magnum 500 wheels which had been a staple on the El Camino and different Tremendous Sport Chevys (amongst others).
All they want is somewhat flat black paint within the valleys between the spokes and so they’ll look excellent. They’re wrapped in tires with lifelike tall-sidewall treaded tires. These gained’t be mistaken for racing rubber, however they need to supply loads of grip for the Fazer’s energy stage and journey peak. One cool function are the simulated brake disc wheel hex hubs. Technically the actual El Camino solely supplied disc brakes on the entrance, however we gained’t quibble as a result of these hubs supply two totally different offsets to permit the Fazer to be suitable with each 190mm-wide (just like the Elky) or 200mm-wide our bodies.
Really feel on the Wheel
Radios are one class the place RTRs generally come up a bit brief. Not so with Kyosho’s Synchro KT-231P+ transmitter. The delicate rubber backstrap and foam-wrapped wheel (canted at a thoughtfully-designed angle) ought to fall comfortably handy for many drivers. It comes with all of the options you would ask for too: trim and end-point adjustment for the throttle, trim and dual-rate for steering, servo reversing on each channels, low voltage warning, and a cost jack if you wish to swap your AA alkalines for rechargeable cells. Better of all, the adjustment knobs and switches are cleanly laid out, comfortably sized and spaced, and marked with clearly legible labels, making changes fast and correct. No squinting or fumbling to get your automobile dialed in with this one!
I’ve all the time revered Kyosho’s dedication to scale-accurate element in its diecast product line, and I see a few of those self same sensibilities represented on this RC El Camino. Many of the of us who purchase this automobile can be doing so primarily for its appears, and a good variety of them will in all probability be RC novices who drive this automobile on unprepared surfaces of questionable high quality. For these drivers in these circumstances the Fazer’s longer wheelbase, taller journey peak, mounted suspension geometry, and treaded tires are all completely suited. The wide selection of suitable battery varieties can also be a plus, and Kyosho’s emphasis on sturdiness means the chassis ought to maintain up effectively to the inevitable beating and banging that basher obligation will expose it to. Hopefully such obstacles gained’t be too exhausting on the physique although, as a result of the Kyosho ’69 El Camino is one price preserving!
Textual content by Matt Boyd
Pictures by Leigh Guarineri