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Citroen - Kegresse . An ordinary looking 1920s car with extraordinary abilities. . Before the advent of practical four wheel drive systems, vehicles needed heavy tank-type tracks to go off-road. Then a chap called Adolphe Kegresse had the bright idea of a continuous rubber belt, making it suitable for use in lighter vehicles. Andre Citroen saw the potential of this idea, bought the rights, and together they created a great success. Various larger Citroens of the 1920s could be bought so equipped - this is a model of a B4 with open utility body. It's fully remote control, using 2 XL motors for drive and an M for steering. Those XLs also turn the four cylinder engine as it drives. There's also suspension all-round (period-correct sliding pillar at the front and live-axle rear). Double-hinged bonnet sides lift up to show off the engine... ... on both sides, though not at the same time... To publicize these cars, Citroen organised various daring feats to demonstrate their ability, including the first ever crossing of the Sahara desert by car in 1922. All 5 cars made it across in 22 days unscathed. Better put the screen back up unless you want a faceful of sand... Interior in all it's basic, err... glory. The steering wheel is connected, so it moves by itself as I drive it around remotely. It looks like it's being driven by a tiny ghost ! The independent sliding pillar front suspension, a surprisingly compact and effective system - with the sliding toggles and elastic bands I can tune it very precisely. There's a good dose of negative camber and a small degree of toe-in. It's stiff-ish but works very well. Strong, too. The rear compartment with not very cunningly concealed IR receiver... The 'engine' might be in the proper place but the motors aren't - they're mounted low, in the middle for that, er, sporty feel (!) The battery box lives under the rear floor - easy to get at to change batteries. I drove it around the garden quite happily for a little while until it came to an obstacle it couldn't clear and stripped the gears on the motors - wish I'd have made those as easy to get at ! A little mod on the controller to make it feel more intuitive... And that's it. My first attempt at an RC car. Now to strip it down, change those broken gears and play with it again :-)


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