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1/28 Mini Chassis Showdown! Mini-Z VS GL-Racing GLA VS Atomic BZ

1/28 Mini Chassis Showdown! Mini-Z VS GL-Racing GLA VS Atomic BZ

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Default 1/28 Mini Chassis Showdown! Mini-Z VS GL-Racing GLA VS Atomic BZ

With a sudden increase in selection in the market of 1/28 Chassis’ we thought we would help you all decide on your new chassis if you do wish on entering this small yet hugely addictive and fun class of racing! We do comparisons between the original 1/28: Kyosho Mini-Z, GL-Racin’s GLA featuring designs taken from 1/10 Competition Grade Chassis’ and improved for 1/28 use! Last but not least, would be the brand new belt driven BZ from Atomic!

First up, we show you the one that started it all, Kyosho’s MR-01! Design features can be seen as similar to modern day pan-cars with a direct drive rear end, ball differential and T-Plate with the most stand out feature as the RM mount which were rare even in the 1/10 and 1/12 pan car world!

Aftermarket option parts were limited back in the day, with Kyosho and GPM the leading manufacturers that made parts and tires for this car!

Due to the proprietary electronics, meant that the radio system used for this chassis remained as AM frequency and these cars are mostly left on the shelves nowadays.

Fast forward 10 years and we now have Kyosho’s modern day RWD 1/28 Chassis, the MR03! Features several upgrades over the original, a Core-less motor servo assembly providing faster and more accurate steering. Towards the later stages, a sensor-less brushless system was introduced as well. However the most noticeable upgrade would have to be the 2.4Ghz radio system which comes standard with this car and the availability of High End 2.4Ghz Radio systems such as Ko Propo EX-2 and Kyosho’s EX-6.

Aftermarket option parts have also become widely available and more and more manufacturers have started creating option parts as you can spot the difference between the MR01 and MR03, with more sophisticated suspension options.

Somewhere along the development of Kyosho’s MR02, they decided they wanted an AWD chassis as well and thus the MA-020 was born. Due to increasing popularity of carpet tracks combined with the improvement in technology of NiMH Batteries more power was being harnessed from the small AAA NiMh Batteries, more rear grip was required. Thus Atomic released the SAS rear end and not long after Kyosho released their version called the DWS, in essence these complicated systems were miniaturized versions of 1/10 touring car double wish bone suspensions with camber gain involved!

For a more modern take on the 1/28 racing scene we have the GLA from GL Racing, regular 1/10 touring car racers will immediately spot the similarities between this and 1/10 touring cars. Featuring front and rear double wishbone suspension and carbon fibre top and bottom decks, you know this is a serious racer without much plastic on the chassis. Also features suspension mount to adjust rear toe-in!

One of the biggest advantages with this chassis is the freedom of electronics and radio system, choose your own radio system as well instead of being limited to systems provided by Ko Propo!

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