Kyosho Mini-Z Overland
August 15th, 2004 -
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The Kyosho Overland
is some big fun in a little package. Unfortunately, this fun
has its price.
When you take the Overland out of its package, you will notice
the incredible detail on these little models. Everything from
the lights to the windshield wipers to the paint job shows how
much care was taken when designing these trucks. Available in
a variety of different bodies, you should be able to find a sweet
ride that suits you.
After you finish
admiring your truck, you'll be pleased to find that you just
need to put in batteries and you are ready to go. And go you
will! With the stock engine, the Overland will move around 8
mph. The X-Speed motor upgrade will put these up to about 11
mph. At top speed, a sharp turn will easily roll the truck.
We have found that there are two groups of people that play
with the Kyosho Overlands. The first group makes little tabletop
tracks. They race their trucks through little obstacles and always
keep their trucks looking very pretty. The other group bashes
them like they do with the rest of their RC trucks. We fall into
group 2. We race in an empty parking lot and set up a track using
½ inch PVC complete with a nice ramp or table-top.
When we started
jumping these cars and exchanging paint on the course, we noticed
these cars don't take the abuse too well. The shocks do an ok
job, but at this scale, every landing hits pretty hard. With
all of the hard plastic these cars are made from, it is only
a matter of time before things begin to break. The wheels seem
to be first to have problems, so you might want to start with
a set of aluminum rims. It is also pretty easy to strip out the
screw heads on these little trucks, so you should also consider
a new aluminum screw set. If you can avoid working on the front
steering section, stay out of it. It is a pain to get back together
The good news
is that GPM makes a full line of aluminum parts for
the Overlands. The bad news is that most of your parts have to
be ordered over the internet.
I can easily recommend the Kyosho Mini-Z Overland to anyone
that wants a little SUV to drive around his or her living room.
It looks great and moves pretty quick for its size. If you want
to start doing some mini bashing, be ready to start doing a lot
of mini repairs.
Write your opinions in the forum.
Time to Bash
10/10 Just add batteries!
6/10 Screw heads strip quickly.
Front end is a mess to work on.
Car Show Rating
9.5/10 Looks like the real
thing, only small. Awesome detail.
3/10 Be ready to replace
Big Squid Rating
7/10 Tentacles. Ton of fun,
but it doesnt hold up to rough play.