RCH

RCH (Radio Controlled Hobbies) were owned by Larry van Osten, and were one of the very first RC “tuners”. They made some legendary parts for the Tamiya SRB series, like the monoshock and the nylon suspension parts. Van Osten died in the summer of 2016. His son has made it clear to me that they regard their rivals, CRP and its owner Mike Tobey as crooks, that stole ideas and concepts from his fathers company. I have asked him to elaborate on this, but have not heard back. As I cannot reach Tobey for comments either, I cannot regard this as anything but a feud between two rivals, where I have only been presented one side of the story. I will of course update if I hear back from Van Osten JR.

UPDATE: I have now been in contact with Larry van Ostens son, so stay tuned for more info on van Osten and the history of RCH. I’m really excited by this, as this is a part of the RC history that has been missing.

Part #
Picture Description
#110-G
Aluminum front wheel covers (gold) 1.5 for Tamiya Sand Scorcher.
   
#110-P
Aluminum front wheel covers (silver) 1.5 for Tamiya Sand Scorcher.
   
#121-R
Aluminum rear wheel covers 1.5 for Tamiya Sand Scorcher.
   
#210-B
Aluminum front wheel covers (blue) 1.75 for Tamiya Rough Rider.
   
#210-G
Aluminum front wheel covers (gold) 1.75 for Tamiya Rough Rider.
   
#211-B ?
Aluminum front wheel covers (blue) 1.75 with holes for Tamiya Rough Rider. ?
   
#211-P
Aluminum front wheel covers (silver) 1.75 with holes for Tamiya Rough Rider. ?
   
#220-G
Aluminum rear wheel covers (gold) 1.75 for Tamiya Rough Rider.
   
#250
Dual wheel adapter for Tamiya Frog, Monster Beetle etc.
     
#252
Front Tamiya wheel adapters for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.
     
#302
Front ball cups for Tamiya SRB.
   
#306
A-Arm bushing kit for Tamiya SRB.
   
#315
Hard anodized heavy duty front shock towers for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.
   
#316
Front shock adapter for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.
   
#320
Coil over kit for Tamiya SRB.
   
#324
Coil over kit for Tamiya Frog.
   
#351

Rear sway bar kit for Tamiya SRB.

I’m not sure why "1705" is blacked out and "351" is written on the pack, but could have something to do with RCH changing their part numbering system. I decided to index this with both numbers.

   
#352
Front sway bar kit for Tamiya SRB.
   
#354
Front sway bar kit for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.
   
#410-S
Body posts for ?
   
#520
Heat sink.
   
#527
Servo hold down.
   
#714
Nut and washer set for Tamiya SRB.
   
#716
Wrenches (imperial or metric ???)
     
#720
Coil overs for Tamiya SRB.
   
#721
Tie straps.
   
#723
Shock rebuild kit.
   
#724F

Shock rebuild kit (front) for Tamiya SRB.

I’m not sure why "732F" is blacked out and "327" is written on the pack, but could have something to do with RCH changing their part numbering system. I decided to index this with its printed number, not the hand written.

   
#724R
Shock rebuild kit (rear) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#725
Heavy duty ball cups for Tamiya SRB.
   
#727
Servo mount.
   
#727-1
Servo mount.
   
#729
Axle collars for Tamiya SRB.
   
#850-A
Body mount velcro.
   
#1104 ?
Front links for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.
   
#1302
Brass gear and axle for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1401 Black

Hard anodized black rear dual shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.

   
#1401 ? Blue
Hard anodized blue rear dual shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1401 ? Gold
Hard anodized gold rear dual shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1401 ? Red
Hard anodized red rear dual shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1401 ? Silver
Hard anodized silver rear dual shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1406

Long and wide chassis for Tamiya SRB.

I’m not sure why "1406" is blacked out and "401" is written on the pack, but could have something to do with RCH changing their part numbering system. I decided to index this with its printed number, not the hand written.

   
#1403 Gold
Skid plate (gold) for Tamiys SRB.
   
#1403 Red
Skid plate (red) for Tamiys SRB.
   
#1403 Blue
Skid plate (blue) for Tamiys SRB.
   
#1410

Shims for Tamiys SRB.

I’m not sure why "1410" is blacked out and "750" is written on the pack, but could have something to do with RCH changing their part numbering system. I decided to index this with its printed number, not the hand written.

   
#1502A
Heavy duty stock steering for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1503
Rear "A" arm bushing for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1509 Silver
Kyosho shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1509 ? Red
Kyosho shock adapters for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1510
Dual wheel adapter for ?
   
#1511
Front trailing arm kit (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1512BL
Front bottom left trailing arm (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB (part of #1511).
   
#1512BR
Front bottom right trailing arm (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB (part of #1511).
   
#1512TL
Front top left trailing arm (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB (part of #1511).
   
#1512TR
Front top right trailing arm (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB (part of #1511).
   
#1513
Lowering blocks for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1514
Snap on ball link for Tamiya SRB (and others).
   
#1520 Black
Front uprights (black nylon) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1520 White
Front uprights (white nylon) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1521 ? Black
Rear "A" arm for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1521 White
Rear "A" arm for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1601
"Bearing packer".
   
#1703
Monoshock linkage kit (aluminum) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1703
Monoshock linkage kit (aluminum) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1703P
Monoshock linkage kit (plastic) for Tamiya SRB.
   
#1705

Rear sway bar kit for Tamiya SRB.

I’m not sure why "1705" is blacked out and "351" is written on the pack, but could have something to do with RCH changing their part numbering system. I decided to index this with both numbers.

   
#1800
Igarashi can motor, dyno tuned for off-road use.
   
W.B.P

Part number W.B.P.

"Wheel bushing presser" or something like that?

   
#????

Aluminum wheel covers for Tamiya Rough Rider.

I don’t know the part number(s). Anyone?

I think the fronts are #211-P.

   
#????

Front bumper for Tamiya SRB.

I don’t know the part number. Anyone?

   
#????

Trailing arm plates (graphite?) for Cox/Kyosho Scorpion.

I don’t know the part number. Anyone?

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   

2 Comments

  1. This is Larry Van Osten Jr (“JR”)…..thank you for posting all of this stuff. Some of these items I haven’t seen in years. Yes, I will be writing up a story for you to post. With my dad’s passing last year it has side tracked things, however I want to do a thorough job before submitting the story…please be patient and stay tuned. JR

    • Thanks for that JR. I know quite a few guys that are looking forward to hearing your story, including myself 😉

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