Kyosho MegaForce

Vieira, Peter

Kyosho gets ready for a Maxx attack!

KYOSHO CAN BE CREDITED with producing RC’s first nitro– powered “big truck,” the still popular Nitro USA-1. The .21-powered monster version of the Burns racing buggy (which later became the Inferno) was a colossal hit in the most literal sense, and it represented the state of the art in large-scale, nitro-burning monsters. Since then, Kyosho hasn’t stepped up with a replacement for the aging USA-1, despite competition from OFNA (Monster Pirate, Monster Blazer) and the category’s giantkiller, the Traxxas T-Maxx-not to mention new upstarts such as the DuraTrax Thunder Quake and Thunder Tiger EK-4.

All that is about to change now that the MegaForce is (almost) here. The new truck is not a buggy-based machine like the original Nitro USA-1 or the OFNA, DuraTrax, or Thunder Tiger machines but instead is a high-ground-clearance, meant-to– be-a-monster design that appears ready to infiltrate T-Maxx territory. Here’s what’s under the hood.


The MegaForce that modeled for the camera was the last mock-up before production. It wasn’t an actual runner, so we’ll have to wait for a production MegaForce before we can make a performance call. (I’ll let you in on a little secret: we pulled the MegaForce with a string to get the action shots.) But the new parts are of Kyosho’s usual quality, and the parts that have seen duty on other Kyosho vehicles are known to be tough. The suspension feels right, the truck looks good; we think it’s gonna work! And as soon as we get a MegaForce we can drive, we’ll know for sure.


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Copyright Air Age Publishing Feb 2002

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